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Opportunities for Girls to Thrive and Learn

On March 29th, YWCA Girl Imani Griffin traveled to Washington, D.C., along with YWCA Youth Advisor Stacey Johnson, to participate in a policy briefing on Capitol Hill that focused on the challenges girls face today and the programs that empower them. Imani, 1 of 3 girls to speak before the audience of over 75 Congressional staffers, shared how YWCA Delaware​ has enriched her life during her formative high school years and spoke to the issue of “How Congress Can Create Opportunities for Girls to Thrive and Learn.”

We are so proud of this smart, confident young woman who represented herself, YWCA & Newark High School so remarkably well!

    

YWCA Delaware was delighted to partner with YWCA USA and provide Imani with the opportunity to present at this briefing hosted by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN), Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), YWCA USA, Girl Scouts of the USA and Girls Inc.


Action-Oriented Response Network
The Allied Local Emergency Response Team (ALERT) is an action-oriented rapid response team working to meet the immediate needs of the local community after incidents of injustice. Together, we are working to foster connections among community groups in New Castle County.

YWCA Delaware is also working to build a second action-oriented response network in neighboring Chester County, Pennsylvania.

   
4th Organizing Meeting of ALERT New Castle County
Monday, April 3rd at 7:30PM
Islamic Society of Delaware, Multipurpose Hall (right of main entrance)
28 Salem Church Rd, Newark, Delaware 19713
(Come early at 7PM to learn about and observe the Sunset "Maghrib" Prayer)

1st Open Organizing Meeting in Chester County, PA
Sunday, April 2nd at 1:30PM 
Unitarian Congregation of West Chester 
501 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19382
All are welcome to this open organizing meeting. Activities provided for children. 

If you are interested in getting involved, come to the next meeting or sign-up for the network's mailing list to get the latest information. If you have questions, please e-mail Matt Pillischer, Director of Racial Justice & Social Advocacy.


Save Money & Time with DIY Graphic Design
Register today for WAND's DIY Graphic Design for Entrepreneurs and save money and time designing effective graphics for social media, logos, flyers, business cards & more! 

Join us in our Learning Lab for this FREE "Networking and Knowledge" experience, where you will:


 Build a strong brand and distinguish yourself
 Learn marketing tips that yield the best return on investment
 Create attractive graphics for your business in minutes

Thursday, March 30th
Networking @ 5:30 PM
Learning 6:00 - 8:00 PM

WORKSHOP LOCATION:
YWCA Delaware | 153 Chestnut Hill Rd | Suite 102 | Newark, DE 19713 | 302.224.4060



Allied Local Emergency Response Team (ALERT)
The Allied Local Emergency Response Team (ALERT) is an action-oriented rapid response team working to meet the immediate needs of the local community after incidents of injustice. Together, we are working to foster connections among community groups in New Castle County.

          
Next ALERT Meeting

Tuesday, March 21st 7:00-9:00 PM
Siegel Jewish Community Center
101 Garden of Eden Road, Wilmington, DE
If you are interested in getting involved, come to the next meeting or sign-up for the network's mailing list to get the latest information. If you have questions, please e-mail Matt Pillischer, Director of Racial Justice & Social Advocacy.


NarrateHER Talk Back Series
NarrateHER Talk Back Series

Please join us as YWCA Delaware's Investor's Cabinet presents two special opportunities to get up close and personal with the phenomenal women featured in YWCA’s NarrateHER Traveling Exhibit, and celebrate their unique contributions to social justice and equality. 

Registration has closed. If you would like to attend, please call Marcia Wright-Soika at 302.655.0039 x227.



Georgetown Public Library
123 W Pine Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
March 30, 2017 6pm – 7:30pm

&

Wilmington University
Robert C. & Dorothy M. Peoples Library
320 N. DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
April 4, 2017 6pm – 7:30pm

NarrateHER Traveling Exhibit builds awareness about the layered ways social barriers impact the lives of people in Delaware and highlights 12 area women from diverse backgrounds who are working to address these issues. Hear their stories first-hand as we discuss current challenges and opportunities for women.



Organizing a Network to Fight Hate in Delaware


We Want to Fight Back!
What We Know:
Racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and homophobia exist when we see subtle and overt actions of intimidation in Delaware and across the country.

We Want to Fight Back!
By building solidarity between people of different races, cultures and faiths who share our values of inclusion, compassion and principles of human dignity, and to build an action-oriented response network that is ready to act quickly against hate with compassion and support.
Please join us for the inaugural open meeting. All are welcome.
Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00PM
First Unitarian Church
730 Halstead Road, Wilmington, DE

Share Your Interest!
If interested in attending this event or in learning more about this network, please respond to our Facebook event or e-mail Matt Pillischer, Director of Racial Justice & Social Advocacy.


Celebrating A Legacy
In 2017, YWCA Delaware celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at events across Wilmington, including our 2nd annual MLK Communication Contest presented in partnership with Christ Church Christiana Hundred held on Sunday, January 15th. This event was an opportunity for our youth to be heard as they reflected on and shared with their community how Dr. King's message of social change through nonviolence speaks to their hopes and dreams. The top 3 presentations were:
1. Tyrek Traylor
Conrad Schools of Science (Grade 12)
2. Nana Ohemaa Asante
Charter School of Wilmington (Grade 12)
3. Madison Washington
Cab Calloway School of Performing Arts (Grade 9)

On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, YWCA Youth Advisors facilitated workshops on self-awareness, embracing diversity and the importance of activism at the “Continuing the Legacy” event hosted by TeenSHARP at the Kingswood Community Center. Over 150 middle and high school students were in attendance learning about the life and times of Dr. King. Students had the opportunity to study and recite one of Dr. King’s speeches/sermons “The Drum Major Instinct” and recognize how it relates to us today.



Also that day, our Director of Racial Justice & Social Advocacy marched in solidarity with over 200 Wilmington residents and advocates through West Center City at the 2017 MLK Peace March and Celebration, which was organized by West Side Grows and the Wilmington Peacekeepers.


Nominate An Exceptional Young Woman

Nominations have opened for the 2017 Genevieve Gore Young Woman’s Leadership Award, part of YWCA Delaware’s Academy of Women Leaders! Deadline to nominate is February 28th, 2017.

The Academy of Women Leaders’ honorees have historically pursued opportunities to advance women and their families, championed racial justice and embody our vision for peace, justice, freedom, dignity and opportunities for all people. YWCA Delaware has honored community leaders for more than 25 years and more than 70 have been added to the Academy of Women Leaders’ esteemed ranks over that time.

The Genevieve Gore Young Woman’s Leadership Award will honor a woman or girl under the age of 35 who actively pursues opportunities to make a difference in the world. The honoree will:

• Demonstrate a strong commitment to social and racial justice
• Strive to empower women and girls within her community and/or career
• Use her leadership potential to inspire women and girls in her school, community and/or workplace


The Genevieve Gore Young Woman’s Leadership Award is endowed by W.L. Gore & Associates. The honoree will be the keynote speaker of the YWCA Girl Graduation on May 2nd, 2017, and will be featured in various YWCA publications and social media platforms for her work to advance our shared mission to empower women and eliminate racism. 

Nomination Form Past Recipients


Women's March on Delaware
YWCA’s Director of Racial Justice & Social Advocacy, Matt Pillischer, helped wrap up the Women’s March in Newark on Saturday, January 21st with a call for solidarity. More than 1,000 people came out for the sister march and stayed for the end rally. Overflow marchers were able to watch speakers via Facebook Live, thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark.


Want to continue the fight? Join our action-oriented response network of people who support those who have been harmed by acts of hate in Delaware. Our inaugural open meeting is Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 pm at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington where all are welcome.

If interested in joining this network, let us know on Facebook or email us at mpillischer@ywcade.org.


Celebrating Our Community Impact


YWCA Delaware was one of 17 organizations to receive a grant award from the Gannett Foundation, and was invited to celebrate our collective community impact with The News Journal. Gannett’s $3,500.00 grant award will help Home-Life Management Center’s residents to learn culinary and custodial skills to manage their future, independent homes and to distinguish them during the hiring process in these industries. 

Pictured from left: Marcia Wright-Soika, YWCA Delaware; Susan Leath, President and Publisher of The News Journal; and Stephanie Staats, YWCA Delaware.


Canvas, Cocktails & Conversations
Eunice Lafate, the featured artist at the Canvas, Cocktails and Conversations fundraiser that will jointly benefit YWCA, United Way of Delaware and Girls Inc., is an accomplished, self-taught artist who has been painting for more than 20 years. LaFate was a 2014 recipient of the Governor's Award for the Arts. Her work also appears in the permanent collections of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. Locally, the Blue Ball Barn Museum in Wilmington, recently featured her in a 20-year folk art retrospective exhibition.

Join us on March 15th to see and celebrate her work, make friends and support three great organizations.




Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


YWCA Delaware and Christ Church Christiana Hundred are pleased to present the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Contest! Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. King with a contest designed to challenge New Castle County high school students to reflect on and share with their community how Dr. King's message of social change through nonviolence speaks to their hopes and dreams by using speech, poetry and/or rap.
WHEN & WHERE
Sunday, January 15th 2:00 PM

baby grand
818 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE

Also Don't Miss Out On...

First Unitarian Church's
Martin Luther King Jr. Week
Celebratory Concert

Friday, January 20th 7:30 PM
730 Halstead Road Wilmington, DE 19803

featuring
The DuPont Diversity Choir, C. Lawler Rogers, Director
The Choir of First Unitarian Church

with special guests:
Rev. John Moore
Nina Cottman, viola
Scott Ward, piano

A good will offering will be taken to support the Racial Justice work of YWCA Delaware.
For More Information:
Shannon Griffin
YWCA Delaware
(302) 655-0039 ext. 230
sgriffin@ywcade.org
Jane Rubini
Christ Church Christiana Hundred
(302) 655-3379
jrubini@christchurchde.org


Clients & Volunteers Pampered for the Holidays

A big thank you to Maureen Tan for generously organizing small business owners to donate 51 “Blessing Bags” filled with Jamberry products, jewelry and chocolates for our youth, sexual assault crisis and housing clients and volunteers to pamper themselves over the holidays. Maureen says of her chance to give back, “I really just want women to know that no matter where they are in their lives or how they are feeling about themselves, they should still know that they are worthy of treating themselves.”


Congrats Serviam Academy Girls!

Congrats to this proud group of empowered young women at Serviam Girls Academy who recently completed the Tech Gyrls series offered by our Youth Empowerment program at their school! Tech Gyrls provided the group with the opportunity to experiment, hypothesize and, also, learn about influential women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

To find out how you can bring one of YWCA's Youth Empowerment programs to your school or organization, contact: Cynthia LaRock, Youth Program Director at 302.224.4060 ext. 215 or clarock@ywcade.org


Building on the Past. Looking to the Future.
     

Thank you to the more than 200 attendees of our Annual Breakfast Celebration Fundraiser; our Honorary Co-Chairs, Kemal Erkan and Susan Leath; our lead sponsors: Chase, United Medical, LLC, DuPont, Lyons Companies, TD Bank USA and The News Journal; and all of those who supported this year’s event!

It’s still not too late to give: www.ywcade.org/BreakfastDonation



A Time of Transition


The Savory Taste of Success


Cheryl, a YWCA Delaware Wo(Men) Achieving New Directions self-employment client, held a GRAND OPENING celebration on Friday, November 4th for her newly retro-fitted food truck - Curbside Cuisine - at our Newark location! Robscott Office Building employees and visitors enjoyed lunch from Cheryl's delicious menu. Check out Curbside Cuisine’s website to see where she'll be parked next!


Your Voice. Your Vote.


Election Day 2016 is on Tuesday, November 8th! Be an informed voter! Educate yourself on the facts and where the candidates stand on issues that are important to you, your family and your community.

Do you know who is on your ballot? Do you know where to vote? Find out the answers at 
ivote.de.gov




Healthy Relationships Through My Eyes

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month
. In order to bring awareness and honor our DV survivors here at Home-Life Management Center, we held an art exhibit titled “Healthy Relationships Through My Eyes.” Participants worked with different art mediums to depict their ideal healthy relationship. Creating these works of art were both cathartic and inspiring to the participants involved. Everyone was rewarded for their participation but top prizes included $100 Visa gift card and a basket filled with Bath and Body Works goodies. We are so proud of everyone who participated!



Opportunities for Girls to Thrive and Learn

Action-Oriented Response Network

Save Money & Time with DIY Graphic Design

Allied Local Emergency Response Team (ALERT)

NarrateHER Talk Back Series

Organizing a Network to Fight Hate in Delaware

We Want to Fight Back!

Celebrating A Legacy

Nominate An Exceptional Young Woman

Women's March on Delaware

Celebrating Our Community Impact

Canvas, Cocktails & Conversations

Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Clients & Volunteers Pampered for the Holidays

Congrats Serviam Academy Girls!

Building on the Past. Looking to the Future.

A Time of Transition

The Savory Taste of Success

Your Voice. Your Vote.

Healthy Relationships Through My Eyes