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Hallie Cohen

About the Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

by Hallie Cohen, YWCA Evanston/North Shore Violence Prevention Educator On August 20, Governor JB Pritzker signed the Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act into law. Also known as SB 818, the Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act creates age-appropriate learning standards for public schools that decide to teach comprehensive personal health and safety education (grades… Continue Reading About the Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act

Fabiola Alfonso, YWCA Financial Education Specialist

Getting and using the new federal Child Tax Credit 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

By Fabiola Alfonso, Financial Education Specialist at YWCA Evanston/North Shore The federal Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments have arrived, so it’s time to start using this money! But before you do, let’s be sure you received your money or know how to get it. Beginning July 15, the IRS began paying half the total credit amount in advance monthly payments for families who qualify. (Learn more here.) For some families, the CTC payments have been easy to get.… Continue Reading Getting and using the new federal Child Tax Credit 

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore graduates first class from new Summer Youth Leadership Program

Friday, August 13, 2021

On August 11, YWCA Evanston/North Shore held a graduation of sorts for the 11 participants of its first-ever Summer Youth Leadership Program, which focused on leadership skills and strategies for building healthy identities, relationships, and communities. The young leaders gathered at the YWCA’s newly renovated campus for reflection and a pizza lunch as their 10-week… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore graduates first class from new Summer Youth Leadership Program

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YWCA statement in support of District 65 anti-racism work

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

A joint statement by Karen Singer, CEO and Tiffany McDowell, Equity Institute Director, YWCA Evanston/North Shore in support  of Evanston School District 65. YWCA Evanston/North Shore is committed to eliminating racism and empowering women, and we support Evanston School District 65 administrators and school board’s anti-racism and anti-oppression work.  A few years ago, we supported the… Continue Reading YWCA statement in support of District 65 anti-racism work

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore to launch free sex education programs

Thursday, May 13, 2021

As part of its growing effort to equip families with the resources they need to help young people build healthy relationships, YWCA Evanston/North Shore is launching sex education workshops for parents, middle schoolers, and high schoolers. The first offering is a free, one-hour workshop for parents and caregivers titled “Be Open, Be Honest,” which will… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore to launch free sex education programs

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YWCA USA Statement on Georgia Shooting and Increased Violence Against AAPI Community

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

On Tuesday, March 16, eight lives, six of whom were Asian American women, were murdered in a series of spa shootings in the state of Georgia. Elisha Rhodes, Interim CEO, YWCA USA has issued the following statement in response: “We are devastated by the loss of eight lives to violence in the state of Georgia… Continue Reading YWCA USA Statement on Georgia Shooting and Increased Violence Against AAPI Community

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore launches first-ever Women in Tech Council to support new job training initiative 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

YWCA Evanston/North Shore has announced the formation of its first-ever Women in Tech Council, which will serve as an advisory group to the organization’s new YWeb Career Academy. YWeb Career Academy, which began in January, is YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s high tech job training program in partnership with Oakton Community College. The goal of YWeb is… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore launches first-ever Women in Tech Council to support new job training initiative 

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore ceremonially breaks ground on expansion  

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Although YWCA Evanston/North Shore began working on its campus expansion and renovation several years ago, the organization held a small, socially distanced groundbreaking ceremony on September 17 at the YWCA to officially launch the project. “This morning marks an incredible milestone in the work of YWCA Evanston/North Shore,” said Karen Singer, president and CEO in… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore ceremonially breaks ground on expansion  

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Want to support our most vulnerable? Here’s how

Friday, September 18, 2020

Walk around any suburban neighborhood these days, and you’ll see lawn signs that say “We support our essential workers! We’re all in this together.” Are we making good on that promise? The coronavirus pandemic has heightened systemic social injustices and women are overrepresented in many of the fields most affected—education, health care, food and hospitality.… Continue Reading Want to support our most vulnerable? Here’s how

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Talking to Your Kids About Racism

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

This summer has challenged us when it comes to how we approach conversations about racism and the systemic racial injustices that permeate our society. From social media slide-show style infographics to restructuring diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives throughout corporate America, there has been a national “call-in” for discussions on race relations. It’s on the news, and it’s even been on Nickelodeon. At YWCA, we’ve been sounding the alarm all… Continue Reading Talking to Your Kids About Racism

Elisabeth "Biz" Lindsay-Ryan

That’s not violence: How the socialization of white women affects women of color

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

YWCA’s Equity Institute recently added “The History and Socialization of Oppression” to our workshop offerings.  Understanding the ways we’ve been socialized into thoughts and behaviors that harm both ourselves and others is an important step toward transformation.  A recent Facebook post by our Equity and Inclusion colleague, Elisabeth “Biz” Lindsay-Ryan, really brought this point home.… Continue Reading That’s not violence: How the socialization of white women affects women of color

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How to be actively “anti-racist”

Friday, June 5, 2020

by Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Ph.D. , Provost Emerita and Professor of History, Dominican University Forgive me (and indulge me) if I am preaching. But a white friend (I would even call him an aspiring ally) just asked me what is the difference between being non-racist and being anti-racist, especially because he knows me to have taken… Continue Reading How to be actively “anti-racist”

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Transforming Our Systems: What COVID-19 Reminds Us about Race 

Friday, April 10, 2020

by Tiffany McDowell, YWCA Equity Institute Director The world as we know it is changing. The global COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the cracks in our fragile system. While our communities have faced past crises with resilience and strength, the current situation shows that the safety nets we hoped would be available are not enough. Some… Continue Reading Transforming Our Systems: What COVID-19 Reminds Us about Race 

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Why I support YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Thursday, February 27, 2020

by Deborah Price, YWCA Evanston/North Shore Board of Directors I spent my career in two male-dominated industries, academic medicine and automotive manufacturing, so I know from experience how women have been left behind in terms of empowerment, financial stability, equity and safety. Through employees, friends, acquaintances and news media, I came to realize how many… Continue Reading Why I support YWCA Evanston/North Shore

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“Trust” in the Age of the Internet

Thursday, February 6, 2020

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, or #TDVAM. Hallie Cohen is one of our Violence Prevention Educators at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. She facilitates a program called Building Healthy Relationships on recognizing the difference between healthy versus unhealthy or abusive relationships, understanding consent, setting boundaries, and more with students aged 8-18. In my… Continue Reading “Trust” in the Age of the Internet

What to say when someone tells you they're being abused

YWCA Evanston/North Shore offers suggestions to help someone in an abusive relationship

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and research shows that at least 60 percent of us know a victim of domestic abuse. But what can we do to help? Sandy T. Williams, domestic violence residential and community services director at YWCA Evanston/North Shore, offered these suggestions: Listen. If someone is confiding in you, resist the… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore offers suggestions to help someone in an abusive relationship

Fabiola Alfonso, YWCA Financial Education Specialist

“I need to see your receipts for everything.” Breaking free from financial abuse.

Friday, October 4, 2019

By Fabiola Alfonso, YWCA Financial Education Specialist Tracking your expenses is one of the ways you can have control of your money. As a financial educator, I tell my students that a budget is one of the most efficient tools for money management. You can control your money, allocate it efficiently, and reach your financial… Continue Reading “I need to see your receipts for everything.” Breaking free from financial abuse.