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YWCA Flying Fish Aquatics marks 10 years of “prescription to swim” partnership

Monday, December 16, 2019

In 2009, Evanston pediatrician Aimee Crow reached out to the Flying Fish aquatics program at YWCA Evanston/North Shore with an innovative proposal: If she gave a child a “prescription” for swimming lessons, would the YWCA provide those lessons at a free or reduced cost? The answer was “yes,” and this fall marked the ten-year anniversary… Continue Reading YWCA Flying Fish Aquatics marks 10 years of “prescription to swim” partnership

2019 YWomen honorees

Alpana Singh, Cindy Hartwig, Sekile M. Nzinga honored at YWCA Evanston/North Shore event

Thursday, November 21, 2019

YWCA Evanston/North Shore honored these local women at its annual YWomen Leadership Celebration on November 9: Cindy Hartwig, who serves as executive director of women’s health and professional practice at Lutheran General Advocate Hospital and focuses on the needs of domestic violence survivors in medical settings; Sekile M. Nzinga, director of the Northwestern University Women’s… Continue Reading Alpana Singh, Cindy Hartwig, Sekile M. Nzinga honored at YWCA Evanston/North Shore event

Gun violence is a women's issue

Senators Durbin and Duckworth address the connection between gun violence and domestic violence

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In letters to the participants on the eve of our November 20 conference on Domestic Violence, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth state their positions: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin: Earlier this year, a mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois claimed the lives of five people at the Henry Pratt Company and injured six police officers… Continue Reading Senators Durbin and Duckworth address the connection between gun violence and domestic violence

Gun violence is a women's issue

Take Action to Enhance Public Safety and Protect Survivors

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Join with YWCA Evanston/North Shore to enhance public safety, promote women’s equity, and end gender-based violence in the United States. YWCA advocates for laws that promote race and gender equity for women and girls on issues of health, safety, economic security, and civil rights. Here are 3 ways you can take action: TELL CONGRESS TO… Continue Reading Take Action to Enhance Public Safety and Protect Survivors

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LeAnn Jenkins joins Equity Institute team at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Monday, November 18, 2019

LeAnn Jenkins has joined YWCA Evanston/North Shore in the newly created role of Equity Institute coordinator. In this position, she will manage and administer the Equity Institute’s training, workshops, and other engagement programs, which are dedicated to promoting racial and gender equity at the individual and institutional level. Jenkins has 11 years of experience in… Continue Reading LeAnn Jenkins joins Equity Institute team at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore partners with Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse on deconstruction

Monday, November 11, 2019

YWCA Evanston/North Shore, in partnership with the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, has begun deconstruction of the property it owns at 1730 Ridge Avenue. This is the first step in YWCA’s long-range expansion plan, which will break ground in 2020. “Our campus expansion plan will greatly enhance our ability to provide comprehensive domestic violence services to women… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore partners with Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse on deconstruction

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YWCA conference about domestic violence and shootings to feature Illinois Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

Friday, October 25, 2019

Illinois State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz will be the opening speaker at YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s annual domestic violence conference on November 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines. The conference, which is presented in partnership with Oakton Community College and other local organizations, is titled “A Lethal Relationship: Gun… Continue Reading YWCA conference about domestic violence and shootings to feature Illinois Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

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

“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.

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YWCA Earns Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Fifth Consecutive Year

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Evanston, IL, September 3, 2019 – YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fifth consecutive time that YWCA Evanston/North Shore has earned a four-star rating, which is the evaluating organization’s highest distinction. “It’s… Continue Reading YWCA Earns Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Fifth Consecutive Year

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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

YW Culinary graduates 2019

YWCA Evanston/North Shore graduates first class from its new culinary program

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

On June 20, the lobby at YWCA Evanston/North Shore was filled with family members, YWCA staffers, and other well-wishers as members of YW Culinary’s first-ever graduating class received recognition and applause. YW Culinary is a new program created by YWCA Evanston/North Shore to prepare low- to moderate-income women for success in the food service industry,… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore graduates first class from its new culinary program

Salon Training

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 to lead racial healing circles for National Day of Racial Healing

Friday, January 10, 2020

Adults who live, work, or worship in Evanston are invited to take part in racial healing circles led by YWCA Evanston/North Shore at various sites throughout Evanston, January 21-24. The racial healing circles are being held in conjunction with the National Day of Racial Healing on January 21. The National Day of Racial Healing, which… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore to lead racial healing circles for National Day of Racial Healing