At YWCA we demand a world of equity and human decency. We envision a world of opportunity. We commit ourselves to the work of justice. Every day, we get up and do the work.
In communities big and small, YWCAs turn on the lights and open the doors to answer the cry for justice. We offer counseling to women seeking safer lives. We take care of children, so their families can build their futures. We dismantle systemic racism, because the future deserves all of us. Our communities demand justice in a thousand different ways. We get up and do the work.
We are fearless movers. We are innovative shakers. We move justice out of our doors and into the power structures that determine the future. At YWCA, we are eliminating racism and empowering women. We will get up and do the work until injustice is rooted out, until institutions are transformed, until the world sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.
How YWCA Made a Difference in 2019
261 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years received quality care and education through our nationally-accredited childcare program, and parents were able to go to work knowing their children were safe, learning, and having fun.
64 mothers with children ages 6 months to 8 years who face social, economic, and educational barriers or have not completed high school participated in our Family Literacy Center.
103 children ages 4 to 11 years old joined our fun-filled Summer Sizzlers summer vacation camp.
156 students were given a safe, comfortable place to learn and have fun after school through the STRIVE program for middle school girls.
119 high school girls were served through the House of Teens teen center.
110 students had an engaging, comfortable, and stimulating place to spend their time before and after school.
109 karate students learned self-defense, respect, coordination, and discipline.
455 gymnastics students took classes to gain sports skills and self-confidence, and to learn teamwork.
413 dance students from our New Britain and Bristol dance studios displayed grace and beauty at the annual recital for over 1,000 spectators.
765 people received comfort, compassion and counseling provided by SACS, helping victims and their families regain feelings of independence, optimism, and hope.
171 presentations around preventing sexual assault were given to groups through outreach.
6,422 is the number of hours SACS volunteers contributed to help survivors of sexual assault.
38 students completed Counselor Advocate Training classes, gaining the training and experience needed to provide supportive counseling and advocacy to sexual assault survivors.