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Gibson, Cvetas pace Flying Fish swimmers at summer championship meets

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Several members of YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Flying Fish Swim Team recently competed at summer championship meets and delivered impressive swims. At the Illinois Swimming Long Course Senior Championships, held July 11-14 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Clio Hancock, Aidan Dillon and Matt Gibson swam to top-ten finishes. Hancock took fourth place in the women’s 400-meter individual… Continue Reading Gibson, Cvetas pace Flying Fish swimmers at summer championship meets

Chicago Race Riots and DKDK

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

by Eileen Hogan Heineman, Manager, Equity Institute Community Outreach Through my equity work with SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) groups, I’ve learned to take into account all the things that can be categorized DKDK – Don’t Know what I Don’t Know.  These are different from the things that, as a white person, I know… Continue Reading Chicago Race Riots and DKDK

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore reaches out to young men with compassion and creativity

Friday, July 26, 2019

Evanston, IL – Although it’s summer, many teen boys from Evanston and Skokie are spending time in class. But these classes aren’t academic. Instead, they are designed to help adolescent males take an in-depth look at themselves and grow into the non-violent adults they want to be. It’s all part of YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s violence… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore reaches out to young men with compassion and creativity

We’re committed to the safety and security of immigrants

Thursday, July 11, 2019

We want to state clearly the position of YWCA USA:  YWCA is committed to ensuring that those seeking safety and opportunity in the U.S. can arrive and live without fear, harm, or discrimination. Current immigration policies have re-traumatized survivors of violence, heightened fears, and exacerbated discrimination against immigrant communities. [We] must prioritize the safety of… Continue Reading We’re committed to the safety and security of immigrants

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Wendy Dickson talks about our new training program for salon professionals

Friday, May 17, 2019

Those who work in salons are in a unique position to see signs of relationship abuse. Now a new law in Illinois requires that all salon professionals (hair stylists, manicurists, etc.) receive training on sexual assault and domestic violence so they’re better equipped to respond to their clients. YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a certified provider… Continue Reading Wendy Dickson talks about our new training program for salon professionals

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Why swimming fits with the mission of YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Monday, April 15, 2019

By Kristen White, chief operating officer, YWCA Evanston/North Shore (condensed from remarks at the Flying Fish awards ceremony on April 4, 2019) People often ask us why YWCA Evanston/North Shore is involved in swimming.  They do not see how swimming is related to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. However, the history of… Continue Reading Why swimming fits with the mission of YWCA Evanston/North Shore

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s McDowell named as one of “Willie’s Warriors”

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tiffany McDowell, director of the Equity Institute at YWCA Evanston/North Shore, was recently selected as part of the spring 2019 cohort of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s “Willie’s Warriors” Leadership Initiative. The initiative brings together black women leaders in honor of Reverend Willie Taplin Barrow, creating a network and pipeline of leaders who are committed… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s McDowell named as one of “Willie’s Warriors”

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Flying Fish Swim School awarded grant from USA Swimming Foundation

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The USA Swimming Foundation today announced that YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Flying Fish Swim School was chosen as one of 85 “Make a Splash” local partner programs to receive grant funding in 2019. The foundation’s $4,500 grant will go toward the Flying Fish Swim School’s ongoing efforts to provide free or reduced-cost swim lessons to local… Continue Reading Flying Fish Swim School awarded grant from USA Swimming Foundation

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Sawsan and Amal’s Story

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Joining YWCA in fall 2018 has opened new doors for my daughter, Amal, a lovely third grader diagnosed with generalized anxiety and sensory integration dysfunction a few years back. The journey into regaining strength, confidence, coping skills, and battling worries and fears has been full of twists and turns for both of us; but we… Continue Reading Sawsan and Amal’s Story

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore announces 2019 YWomen honorees

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

YWCA Evanston/North Shore will honor three women at its annual YWomen Leadership Awards celebration on Saturday, November 9, in Chicago. The YWomen Leadership Awards recognize those who have made an impact in women’s empowerment, racial justice, and social change, and the 2019 honorees include: Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, Ph.D., M.S.W., director of the Northwestern University Women’s Center,… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore announces 2019 YWomen honorees

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore and Books & Breakfast mark fifth year of summer partnership

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

YWCA Evanston/North Shore and Books & Breakfast, a program that supports elementary students in Evanston/Skokie School District 65, just completed their summer partnership for 2019, marking five years of this innovative effort. Since 2014, the YWCA has served as the summer gathering spot for the children and families of Books & Breakfast, which serves Dewey,… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore and Books & Breakfast mark fifth year of summer partnership