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February Roundup

February 28, 2014

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. Due to the snowstorm, we missed January, so we’re catching you up with stories from January and February this month.

Love is Not a Given

February 25, 2014

Julia Venable is a second year AmeriCorps member serving through the YWCA Central Alabama with Girls on the Run and Heart Gallery Alabama. Previously, she served in the YWCA's domestic violence department as a Healthy Relationships Instructor. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she is currently working towards her MA in Counselor Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 18, 2014

Katie Reed graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies. She serves as an AmeriCorps member in the YWCA's Healthy Relationships program and is currently studying Mental Health Counseling at UAB.

Connection is Key

February 14, 2014

Rose Prince is an AmeriCorps member serving at the YWCA Central Alabama as a Court Advocate with Domestic Violence Services. She recently moved back to Alabama, her birth-state, from Tennessee where she attended Bryan College, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology this past May.

American Promise

January 28, 2014

Rebecca Harkless is a second year AmeriCorps member serving in the YWCA Central Alabama’s Social Justice Department. In her service, Rebecca co-facilitates Heritage Panel trainings in area high schools and middle schools. She has also been on staff for Anytown Alabama.

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.

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. 

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