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Progress After Prison
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YWCA Delaware is offering a pilot reentry program to adult men and women living in Delaware with criminal records. The #ProgressAfterPrison workshop is no-cost to participants, and uniquely utilizes the expertise of returning citizens themselves to teach entrepreneurial skills, how to cope with a criminal record and being a target for discrimination, as well as the way the system targets people of color and poor people and how to advocate for system change. The program also leverages partnerships with local nonprofits: The Achievement Center, ACLU of Delaware, and Delaware Law Enforcement for Progress.

Successful reentry from prison to “life outside the wall” is possible. To become successful people must understand the systemic, social, and legal barriers that are against them. During August and September of 2017, YWCA Delaware will offer a total of twelve individual workshops – 2 per week rotating to different areas of Wilmington – where a panel of facilitators will provide participants with an overview of employment after incarceration, entrepreneurship, ways to change risky behavior and factors in one’s life that can lead to re-incarceration, and the history of mass incarceration.

In addition to the introductory workshops and mentoring sessions, YWCA will offer two seminars “No Jobs & a Target on my Back” to participants, law enforcement, and the general public that will more broadly explain the thousands of legal barriers facing people with criminal records and what to expect in interactions with law enforcement. One seminar has already been scheduled for Thursday, August 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at The Achievement Center. Ryan Tack-Hooper, Esq. (of ACLU of Delaware) and Tom Donovan, Esq. will present the collateral consequences of criminal records, and a former police officer and former attorneys-general from DE Law Enforcement for Progress will talk about interactions with law enforcement, and the added targeting of people with an existing record.

YWCA Delaware hopes to see the #ProgressAfterPrison program have an impact in successful reentry, reducing recidivism, and building a cohort of returning citizens to become civically engaged towards criminal justice and anti-poverty reform.


SITE's Summer Quest Towards A Bright Future
    

Brandywine School District students were able to visit the Delaware Children's Museum where they were wowed by the processes of the human body, made fun STEM discoveries, and learned about potential museum careers as part of YWCA's Summer Internship Teen Entrepreneur (SITE) program!

YWCA Youth Development programming provides youth with opportunities to discover and explore careers and empowers them to set goals and begin their quest towards a successful future!


Congrats to Our Newest WAND Graduates!
        

Congratulations to our newest Women Achieving New Directions (WAND) graduates! Last month, they delivered a business analysis overview of what they learned in the eight-week Mind Your Business Series: "From Idea to Your First Customer" and how they would apply those business development concepts along with technology integration into their own businesses. Each graduate delivered a captivating view of their business concept and how they would deliver their product/service to consumers to a diverse audience and to a panel of marketplace experts.

    


YWCA Annual Meeting and Award Luncheon

YWCA celebrated our last year’s achievements and honored Former First Lady of Delaware Carla Markell and emerging leader Laura Adarve at our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on June 6th at the Delaware Center for Horticulture. The women were inducted into YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders, receiving the Trailblazer Award and Genevieve Gore Young Woman’s Leadership Award, respectively. 

Carla Markell was honored for spearheading expanded volunteerism in Delaware, championing issues for at-risk children and extolling the importance of mentoring. Carla spoke about the state of women’s rights and encouraged women to run for office and support organizations like YWCA, who address women in poverty, women’s needs for education and skill-building, and need for safety from violence. 

Laura Adarve was honored for her work in fighting for immigrants’ rights, HIV prevention and helping to provide Spanish-speaking domestic violence counseling. In her remarks, Laura emphasized how privileged she is to have secured an education, to be a white Latina without a discernible accent or last name that immediately indicates her heritage, and that she channels that privilege into her work to do better for this world.

“YWCA will continue to enable recovery from trauma, to help others find hope, purpose, acquire new skills and perhaps most importantly, to help them find their voice,” said YWCA Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Staats at the event. “…YWCA knows the power in that voice. We know it intuitively and from experience.”

More information about YWCA Delaware’s work and achievements in the last year is highlighted in our recently released 2016 Annual Report. You can also find more details about the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon event in our press release.


YWCA Delaware 2016 Annual Report


Volunteer with YWCA!
"Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand."

    


Volunteer involvement is the driving force behind YWCA's mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We strive to engage volunteers in the way that they want, so they have a positive and fulfilling experience. Check out some of our current volunteer opportunities.



Interested in volunteering with YWCA to help create real change in your community?
Please contact our Development Director, Marcia Wright-Soika, at mwright-soika@ywcade.org to discuss your interests and discover how they could fit with our current volunteer opportunities.

Not sure where you may fit?
Learn more about our array of programs offered in the community by attending a
Mission Tour hosted by our CEO.

 



Congratulations YW Girl Class of 2017!

In early May, YWCA celebrated our 2017 YW Girl graduating high school seniors! YW Girl is a college and career preparation program for high school girls that YWCA operates in many schools throughout Delaware. This group of 38 young women, all from Christina School District, successfully navigated high school, extracurricular activities and the YW Girl curriculum to prepare themselves for successful futures. 

The YWCA Youth Development program is excited to see where their next step takes them - we know that they will leave their mark! Thank you to all who attended the celebration and who supported them on their journey.


Annual Meeting and Trailblazer Award


Join us for YWCA’s Annual Meeting and Trailblazer Award Luncheon
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N. DuPont Street, Wilmington, DE

Networking and Registration from 11:30 AM to Noon
Program from Noon to 1:30 PM
Tickets $25.00 each
Online registration is now closed. For last-minute registrations, please contact Marcia Wright-Soika, Development Director, at 302-655-0039 ext. 227 or mwright-soika@ywcade.org to ensure space is available.

Honoring Trailblazer Awardee Carla Markell,
Former First Lady of Delaware

Please join us for a special lunch reception as we honor the partnerships, leadership and work that make YWCA clients’ achievements possible, and celebrate Carla Markell for her outstanding contributions to Delaware.






YWCA & Dozens of Groups Stand Against Racism

On May 1st in Dover, YWCA Delaware organized a rally, "Stand Against Racism: Beyond the Moment.” The rally, which was endorsed by dozens of nonprofits and grassroots activist groups across Delaware, coincided with YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism campaign, where affiliates across the country share public pledges to stand against racism and other forms of bias. The event also occurred on May Day and coordinated with hundreds of events across the country with a vision of “a future where all people have safety, sanctuary, and promise.” 

From the stage, about 10 speakers voiced powerful messages— advocating for the special needs of women veterans, people with disabilities, and people who are homeless, to criminal justice reform to battling racism and xenophobia. The day was all about solidarity, and coming together to put forward an alternative vision for a future where “freedom, dignity, and justice for all” is the basis for society.

Thank you to all of those who attended, spoke or performed at the event!
Couldn't make it? You can still watch the Facebook live feed


Event Endorsements:
ACLU of Delaware Allied Local Emergency Response Team of NCCo • Black Girl Magic Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow Delaware Community Voice Coalition Delaware Center for Justice Delaware Civil Rights Coalition Delaware Coalition Against Death By Incarceration Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs Delaware Law Enforcement for Progress Delaware NORML Delaware State PTA Diversity Committee Delaware United Diosa Verde Cannabis Educational & Consulting Services Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew Food Not Bombs of New Castle Islamic Society of Delaware Jewish Family Services Delaware Refugee Integration Support Effort NAACP Delaware State Conference Network Delaware Showing Up for Racial Justice Delmarva Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice United Way of Delaware Women Veterans Collective Zakat Foundation Delaware Community Center 


Stand Against Racism: Beyond the Moment

Stand Against Racism is a signature YWCA campaign to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This year, YWCA Delaware, grassroots activists and community organizations in the State of Delaware are teaming up to Stand Against Racism in solidarity with the national Beyond the Moment movement.

Join us and communities across the country this May Day as we push beyond the moment to a future where ALL people have safety, sanctuary, and promise!

Monday, May 1st from Noon - 2 PM
DOVER, DELAWARE
SUNSHINE: ON LEGISLATIVE MALL
CLOUDS & RAIN: VICTORY CHURCH, 2736 Forrest Ave


Share your interest in attending via Facebook!


Download Event Flyer


Delaware's Speakers:

Aaron Appling, Community Voice Coalition
Naveed Baqir, Ph.D., Executive Director of Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs
Ashley Biden, Executive Director of Delaware Center for Justice
Charito Calvachi‐Mateyko, Delaware Civil Rights Coalition
Sarah Green, Jewish Family Services Delaware Refugee Integration Support Effort
Linwood Jackson, President of NAACP Delaware State Conference
Kim Petters, Women Veterans Collective
Matthew Pillischer, Director of Racial & Social Justice at YWCA Delaware
James Spadola, President of Delaware Law Enforcement for Progress
Eugene Young, Network Delaware

Event Endorsements
:
ACLU of Delaware Allied Local Emergency Response Team of NCCo • Black Girl Magic Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow Delaware Community Voice Coalition Delaware Center for Justice Delaware Civil Rights Coalition Delaware Coalition Against Death By Incarceration Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs Delaware Law Enforcement for Progress Delaware NORML Delaware State PTA Diversity Committee Delaware United Diosa Verde Cannabis Educational & Consulting Services Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew Food Not Bombs of New Castle Islamic Society of Delaware Jewish Family Services Delaware Refugee Integration Support Effort NAACP Delaware State Conference Network Delaware Showing Up for Racial Justice Delmarva Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice United Way of Delaware Women Veterans Collective Zakat Foundation Delaware Community Center

 MAY DAY. EVERYWHERE. RESIST TOGETHER. 
This will be a peaceful, non-violent event.

 Beyond the Moment is initiated by “The Majority,” a national coalition of over 50 organizations representing Black people, Latinxs, the indigenous, LGBTQ+, refugees, immigrants, laborers, and the poor, including the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Black Youth 100, Color of Change, and Mijente, among others. 


For more information or if you or your organization is interested in participating in organizing the event,
plea
se contact Matt Pillischer at mpillischer@ywcade.org 



Vote to Create Social Change in Delaware

Help YWCA and Christ Church win the A Community Thrives (ACT) grant from USA Today! 


Watch our video submission and hear Contest winners and organizers talk about how our youth need the opportunity to be heard and be able to contribute to matters of social change.

Then you can VOTE every day until May 12th and help us win to expand our MLK Communication Contest to other parts of the state, where many students hail from hurting communities and need this opportunity.


Believe Survivors. Change the Culture.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Every day of every month, YWCA Delaware seeks to change the culture around sexual assault and end the cycle of silence by choosing to believe and support survivors.

You can receive support or learn how to support someone you know and love by calling our confidential 24/7 Sexual Assault Response Center Helpline (800) 773-8570.


Learn about the new ways YWCA is healing lives and bringing hope to survivors of sexual violence at Home-Life Management Center during this month's Mission Tour on Thursday, April 13th at Noon. RSVP to attend by emailing rsvp@ywcade.org.

You can also take action and help those impacted by sexual violence locally by volunteering to become a Sexual Assault Response Advocate (SARA).
Volunteer advocates are the backbone of our agency and provide a round-the-clock safety net for those in crisis.

For more information about the prevalence of sexual assault, you can visit: www.rainn.org


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.


Empowered Youth Make a Healthy Community!

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
Bellevue State Park
Wilmington, DE

Registration starts at 7:45 AM
Walk starts at 9:00 AM

 

YWCA Delaware is once again a beneficiary of the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! This year, 100% of our proceeds will go to our Youth Development Program, which operates under the theory that ALL youth have a right to confidence, self-reliance and respect.

There are two ways to participate - a 5k or a 1 mile fun walk. After the walk, enjoy food, entertainment, prizes, fun activities for children and free health screenings all provided by Highmark.
                                


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



YW WAND Presents Social Media Expert

Progress After Prison

SITE's Summer Quest Towards A Bright Future

Congrats to Our Newest WAND Graduates!

YWCA Annual Meeting and Award Luncheon

YWCA Delaware 2016 Annual Report

Volunteer with YWCA!

Congratulations YW Girl Class of 2017!

Annual Meeting and Trailblazer Award

YWCA & Dozens of Groups Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism: Beyond the Moment

Vote to Create Social Change in Delaware

Believe Survivors. Change the Culture.

Opportunities for Girls to Thrive and Learn

Action-Oriented Response Network

Empowered Youth Make a Healthy Community!

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