On A Mission
Your voice has power and can have an amazing impact in your community. There are many ways you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of women, children, and families on a local level and nationally.
- Contact your local legislators and share your voice about issues that impact you, your family, and the families served by your community.
- Visit the YWCA National site to learn more about our national policy priorities.
- Volunteer, attend events, and spread awareness through Facebook and Twitter about the work that we do in our community.
YWCA Spokane is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, standing up for social justice, helping families, and strengthening communities.
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Racial & Social Justice
Over the past 116 year history of the YWCA, we have recognized that not all women, or people, have been treated equally.
In the 1940’s the YWCA provided key leadership in both the women’s and civil rights movements and in 1970 updated its bylaws to include the imperative that “as an organization we will thrust our collective power toward the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary.”
As the needs of women and communities evolve over time, so will the work of the YWCA. We will continue to work on creating safety, security, and economic and racial justice for everyone.
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YWCA USA Racial Justice Training Manual
In response to a collective Mission Impact Framework created from local YWCA agency feedback, YWCA USA created a Racial Justice Training Manual as a resource for both internal and external racial justice training and development. The training manual is a robust tool and resource that can aid in developing a local strategy for accomplishing signature outcomes. The manual provides foundational steps to increase overall capacity by providing historical context, concepts, guidance, toolkits, and other resources.
If you would like to learn more about the Racial Justice Training Manual consider joining our local Racial and Social Justice Committee. To learn more email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stand Against Racism: Courageous Conversations Event
- Each year, we host a public event that engages in open and honest dialogue to confront stereotypes and bias as a community and learn what we can do about it as an individual and a collective.
- Visit our calendar of events to learn more about the next Stand Against Racism.
- Sign up for our mailing list and receive updates about our next event.
- Learn More about Stand Against Racism as a YWCA USA signature campaign.
Consider reviewing simple training exercises brought to us from a previous Stand Again Racism event. These tools can be shared with your friends or within a work environment. Email email@example.com for more information or to schedule a discussion group.
Courtesy of YWCA USA, please see our info sheets for more information on Immigration, Systemic Racism, Gender Violence, Social Justice-Oriented Language, YWCA’S Theory of Change, and much more!
Racial & Social Justice Committee
YWCA Spokane currently hosts committee meetings for staff members, board of directors and community members to gather and discuss YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism within the community.
The curriculum created is aimed at increasing tolerance, but also personal responsibility for eliminating racism. It is rooted in popular education theory, most widely popularized by Paulo Freire, but commonly used by community organizers and movement leaders to mobilize communities and build capacity for social change.
The group is working toward creating community dialogue through events and discussions.
To learn more about how you can get involved with our racial and social justice efforts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You to Our Racial & Social Justice Committee
We appreciate your commitment to serving our community. You truly embody the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women!
Kate Burke, Racial & Social Justice Committee Co-Chair
Kiana McKenna, Racial and Social Justice Committee Co-Chair
Dora “Duaa-Rahemaah” Williams
Laura McAloon, YWCA Spokane Board Vice Chair
Laura Vickers, YWCA Spokane Board Treasurer
YWCA Spokane advocates policy and matters that directly advance our mission and vision. We believe that, working together, we can create a community where:
- All women and families have a safe and stable place to live. We support measures that make housing accessible to homeless and low-income women and families, prevent homelessness and promote creation of affordable housing.
- Women are economically self-sufficient. We support measures that promote education and economic justice for women.
- All children and youth develop the skills they need to succeed in life. We support measures that promote children’s health, early learning and school success.
- All people live in dignity, free from violence, racism and discrimination. We support measures that reduce the incidence and negative effects of domestic violence, diminish health disparities and advance social justice.
We believe that supporting a robust human services network is a core function of government. Therefore, we support the use of general funds and dedicated revenue sources for human services at all levels of government.
Contact your local representatives and share your voice about important issues that affect you and your community.