YW Blog

Get Together and Give Back

January 23, 2014

Chanda Temple is Director of Public Relations for the Birmingham Public Library. Before joining the library in 2013, she worked as a reporter for 19 years. She's received various writing awards for her stories and enjoys coaching students and adults on their writing, social media and networking skills.

The Homeless Count

January 22, 2014

Stacy Oliver is the Community Outreach Coordinator for One Roof and a former AmeriCorps member with the YWCA Central Alabama’s Building Communities, Bettering Lives program.

Remembrance Through Action

January 16, 2014

 Noah Schuettge is a recent transplant to Birmingham, Alabama and is serving as an AmeriCorps member in the Social Justice department at the YWCA Central Alabama.

Solutions to Bullying Begin in Elementary School (or Earlier)

January 14, 2014

Amy Sedlis is a child advocate trained in social work and public health. She is currently serving as a community volunteer throughout Central Alabama with the national Bully Project. She serves on the Childcare Resources and Hadassah Boards. She often writes and presents on early childhood development and woman's health social policy issues. 

Financial Security: A New Year’s Resolution

January 7, 2014

Shay Farley is the Legal Director at Alabama Appleseed, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization in Montgomery. The majority of her time is divided between public education and lobbying the state legislature for or against laws impacting low-income and other vulnerable Alabamians. Shay’s current focus is reforming Alabama’s payday and title lending laws.

Monthly Roundup: News Highlights from December

December 19, 2013

Each month, we give you a roundup of the highlights in national and local news relevant to social justice topics. Our goal is to let the stories spark productive conversations that can help create change and a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.

World Leader Nelson Mandela died this month. He is well known for his leadership in ending apartheid in South Africa, but his legacy is global. CNN covers the highlights of his life in photographs and stories.

Why I Serve

December 12, 2013

Ty Jackson is a native of Birmingham, AL who studied Business at Mississippi Valley State University. For three years, Ty served with AmeriCorps as both a VISTA and State member to help develop communities, provide disaster-relief services and offer health screenings across Alabama.

"I Ain't Comin' Down" — Kanye West and the Confederate Flag

December 10, 2013

Mary Chiles was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She spent three years working at the YWCA post-college as a child care teacher and as an AmeriCorps member in the Social Justice department. Mary now lives in San Francisco, CA.

Lessons Learned Coaching Girls On The Run

December 5, 2013

Julia Venable is a second year AmeriCorps member serving through the YWCA Central Alabama with Girls on the Run and Heart Gallery Alabama. Last year, she served in the YWCA's domestic violence department as a Healthy Relationships Instructor.