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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:

If you're looking to build more racial equity work into your life, join us for Let's Talk @ Lunch! Let's Talk @ Lunch is a free virtual conversation on current events through a racial equity lens. Register for our monthly sessions at the link in our bio!

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Wondering if YW Tech Lab is right for you? We have already helped participants achieve and work towards their career goals! Join us on Tuesday for our next information session! Click the link in our bio to register!

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Board member Jessy Grossman shares her trajectory of connecting racial justice with women's empowerment. Our racial equity work extends to all of our stakeholders, including our board and staff! Click the link in our bio to donate and make our community a safer place for women and people of color.

#ywcaevanston #ywcaevanstonnorthshore #takeaction #untiljusticejustis

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Calling all anti-racist activists and facilitators! Join us to learn how to deepen your practice by using somatics, or mind-body connection. We are excited to partner with Murmur Collaborative for this workshop! Register at the link in our bio!

#ywcaevanston #ywcaevanstonnorthshore #antiracistwork #dothework #somatic #practioners

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Our 40 hour domestic violence training is perfect for those who want to deepen their knowledge of violence prevention and the impact of domestic violence on survivors. We cover all ICDVP required topics using a trauma informed lens. Click the link in our bio to register!

#ywcaevanston #ywcaevanstonnorthshore #violenceprevention #domesticviolence #survivors

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Sherialyn Byrdsong shares the important history of the race. Thank you to everyone who came out to run this morning! ...

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The Evanston Juneteenth Parade is tomorrow! Join us for the parade and for the Race Against Hate on Sunday to celebrate building racial equity in Evanston and beyond! ...

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We're looking for a new YW Tech Lab cohort! If you are interested in starting a career in tech, join us for one of our free virtual information sessions to learn how we can help you achieve your goals! Click the link in our bio to register!

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YOU can do more to support survivors and lift up people of color. Here’s how your gift will make a difference:
$2,500 – provides equipment, soft-skills training and practical experience for women who need it most, offering a path to in-demand tech jobs.
$1,200 – enables a survivor and her children to have 7 nights of safety, shelter, and support after fleeing domestic violence.
$600 – provides financial education, job training, and housing assistance to help women with low incomes build economic stability.
$300 – provides life-saving and life-enhancing swim lessons that can keep a child safe in and around water.
$120 – provides individual counseling for a child who has witnessed domestic abuse.
Click the link in our bio to give!

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You can impact individuals across our communities by giving to YWCA.
Your gift provides domestic violence services, financial education, job training, and racial equity workshops. Your gift means women, children, and families will get the support they need to move forward. Your gift means hope for the future.
Ready to do more? Turn your compassion into action by making a gift today.
We’ve received a challenge grant from an anonymous funder that will match your gift dollar-for-dollar, and double your impact!

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