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What We Do

Everything we do at YWCA Evanston/North Shore is based on the belief that all women have the right to be safe and choose the direction of their lives. Our programs address the fact that far too many women experience violence, and lack economic security, and these issues disproportionately impact women of color. If we want to empower all women, we must also tackle racism.

We work proactively to transform individual lives through direct service and education and to change institutions through training and advocacy.

All of our programs address three overlapping areas of focus: Racial Justice and Civil Rights, Economic Empowerment of Women, and Health and Safety for Women and Girls.

Learn more about our work by watching the video below:

Your Mission. Our Mission.

Read our 2018 Annual Impact Report below:

Is your business interested in sponsoring the 2023 Race Against Hate? Your sponsorship of Race Against Hate supports YWCA Evanston/North Shore's racial justice, anti-racism, and violence prevention and intervention programming. Sponsors receive a variety of perks and promotional opportunities, including Race t-shirts, bags, signage, and promotional materials.

To become a sponsor or learn more, contact Jemeela Colston-Pettigrew at jcolston@ywca-ens.org.

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Basic Money Management is back! Register now for the workshop that has helped participants get out of debt and achieve their financial goals! Click the link in our bio to learn more!
#ywcaevanston #basicmoneymanagement #financialgoals #debtfree

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Our YW team had a great time attending the 65th Annual Chessman Club Gala this past Saturday. Congratulations to the Chessman Club on a fabulous event that helped raise critical funds to provide support services to the youth and Black community. And, to this year’s honorees - Chef Q, Artist, Educator, Advocate, and Patrick Keenan Devlin, Executive Director of the James B. Moran Center!


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Are you ready to take the next step in your equity journey? Our 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to learn about racial equity and build more effective social justice habits. Do it on your own, or do it as a group within your organization. Learn more by clicking the link in our bio!

#ywcaevanston #racialequity #equitychallenge #takethechallenge

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Our next 40 Hour Domestic Violence training is coming up in April! Get the resources you need to help survivors in your community. Register at the link in our bio! ...

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We encourage you to "Unite Against Racism" by raising awareness about the impacts of racism, building community, and taking action within your spheres of influence. Our Equity Institute’s Unite Against Racism provides the opportunity for communities to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice. Register by clicking the link in our bio!

#uniteagainstracism #racialjustice #antiracistevanston #antiracistskokie #antiracistwilmette #racialhealing #equityinstitute #bethechange

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Don't miss out on our early bird pricing! Register before Wednesday March 15 and get $5 off! Link in bio!

#raceagainsthate #rah2023 #chicagorunning #chicagorace #evanston #evanstonruns #chicago10k #chicago5k #cararace #antiracism #equity #racialjustice

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It's #internationalwomensday! We work every day to create a safer and more just world for women and girls. Tell us in the comments how you empower women in your community! ...

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Are you ready to show your commitment to anti-racism? Unite Against Racism (formerly Stand Against Racism) brings our community together to demonstrate our commitment to building an anti-racist world. We have three events happening on the North Shore! Register at the link in our bio!
#uniteagainstracism #racialjustice #antiracistevanston #antiracistskokie #antiracistwilmette #racialhealing #equityinstitute #bethechange

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