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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

YWCA Evanston/North Shore invites community to be part of 24-hour Oz Relay

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Flying Fish Aquatics program at YWCA Evanston/North Shore will hold its annual Oz Relay May 18 and 19 and invites the community to participate by swimming, sponsoring, or donating. This annual event supports the organization’s “Oz Fund,” which provides financial assistance to children in YWCA’s Flying Fish Swim School whose families cannot afford the… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore invites community to be part of 24-hour Oz Relay

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Fies family pulled-pork event raises $8,000 for children at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On Sunday, April 14, Evanston friends and neighbors pulled together with pulled pork to change young lives. For the sixth year in a row, the Fies family from Evanston hosted their pulled pork fundraiser. According to Andy Fies, who with his wife, Jean, and their three children, spearhead the fundraiser, it was the most successful… Continue Reading Fies family pulled-pork event raises $8,000 for children at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

YWCA Evanston/North Shore named diversity, equity, and inclusion expert by Catalyst:Ed

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

YWCA Evanston/North Shore was recently named to Catalyst:Ed’s expert network based on its expertise and leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Catalyst:Ed is a non-profit organization that connects highly skilled professionals/groups with organizations that need expert help for short-term projects so they can amplify their impact. The organization selects experts, such as YWCA Evanston/North Shore,… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore named diversity, equity, and inclusion expert by Catalyst:Ed

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Stand Against Racism set for April 24-25

Friday, April 19, 2019

YWCA Evanston/North Shore invites people to join with friends, neighbors, colleagues, and community groups for its annual Stand Against Racism next week. This year the event will take place on two different days. The stand in Evanston will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at 1:30 p.m., and the stand in Skokie will take place on… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Stand Against Racism set for April 24-25

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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

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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Historic minimum wage law will make a difference for women and families

Thursday, March 21, 2019

By Leslie Lina Paluch, Policy and Advocacy Manager At YWCA Evanston/North Shore, our mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. A critical component of this social justice vision is workers’ rights. We believe that all people have the right to economic security and should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential in… Continue Reading Historic minimum wage law will make a difference for women and families

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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Leslie Paluch to manage policy and advocacy at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Leslie Paluch has joined YWCA Evanston/North Shore in the role of policy and advocacy manager. She will develop and oversee policy work that advances YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women. Paluch, who previously served as a fellow focusing on justice reform at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in Washington, D.C.,… Continue Reading Leslie Paluch to manage policy and advocacy at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

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Rachel Sax named to impact measurement post at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Rachel Sax has been named impact measurement manager at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. In this newly created position, she will analyze data to assess the impact of YWCA programming and create in-depth understanding of how the organization can expand on its mission to eliminate racism and empower women. Sax believes a quantitative approach will help YWCA… Continue Reading Rachel Sax named to impact measurement post at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

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Children’s Savings Program piloted

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Evanston Community Foundation and YWCA Evanston/North Shore report success in first year of pilot children’s savings program January 9, 2019 – “Savings for Success,” a financial education and savings program spearheaded by the Evanston Community Foundation and YWCA Evanston/North Shore, recently completed a yearlong pilot, and participants and coaches deemed it a success. The primary goal… Continue Reading Children’s Savings Program piloted

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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

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YWCA Earns Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Monday, July 2, 2018

By YWCA Evanston/North Shore Evanston, IL, July 03, 2018 – 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 fourth consecutive time that YWCA Evanston/North Shore has earned a four-star rating, which is the evaluating… Continue Reading YWCA Earns Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

YWCA Flying Fish take sixth at national invitational

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Flying Fish swim team of YWCA Evanston/North Shore finished sixth overall at the Sun Kissed Invitational, a national meet held in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 28-31. Matt Gibson led the way for the Flying Fish, winning the senior boys 200-yard backstroke (1:51.08) and 200-yard butterfly (1:51.08). Gibson also took third in the 100-yard backstroke… Continue Reading YWCA Flying Fish take sixth at national invitational