500 Participants Take on the 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge

YWCA New Britain recently completed its second annual 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge, drawing nearly 500 participants from over 115 zip codes.

Inspired by YWCA Greater Cleveland, YWCA New Britain held its first 21-Day Challenge in the summer of 2020 as the nation faced a reckoning moment on race. This year’s challenge expanded on the topics from the initial challenge and encouraged participants to dive deeper into issues in their own communities.

For 21 days, YWCA provided content and resources in the form of articles, videos, podcasts, and more. These daily challenges were designed to help participants build more effective social justice habits and expand their knowledge of four weekly topics: reparations, sports, gender-based violence, and environmental racism.

In addition to the daily content, participants could engage with others taking the challenge in YWCA’s 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge Facebook group. The group offered daily discussion questions and served as a space for participants to share personal experiences and additional resources.

“Thanks to all who participated in the YWCA’s most recent 21-Day Challenge,” said YWCA New Britain Executive Director Tracey Madden-Hennessey. “The impact of racism on areas such as health, sports, and the environment are so important to understand. The challenge really provided context to our current conditions and supported the important work to eliminate racism done by YWCAs in Connecticut and across the country.”

Those who missed the challenge or want to review the content at their own pace can do so here. Thank you for joining us on this important journey!