YW Blog

Birmingham... We're Working On It

September 24, 2013

Barbara BlairBarbara Blair currently serves as Vice President Programs of the YWCA Board of Directors, she has been involved in the YWCA Board and Junior Board for many years.  She is the former Executive Director of Youth Leadership Forum.

What Could Your Birmingham Become?

September 19, 2013

Fran GodchauxFran Godchaux is an active YW Board member, having served as Vice President Planning. She currently serves as Director of Special Projects for REV Birmingham and is on the executive committee of Collat Jewish Family Services. Fran is a tireless advocate for public private partnerships to engage in economic development activity to create jobs and vibrancy in the City of Birmingham.

Entering the Conversation

September 17, 2013

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

New Perspectives, Experiences and Appreciation while Serving

September 12, 2013

Travis is a recent graduate of the University of Montevallo. He received an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Philosophy and Literature. Travis recently joined the AmeriCorps team as the Communications Specialist at the YWCA and designs promotional material for Eclipse Coffee & Books in Montevallo.

Educational Disparities, Disengaged Electorate

September 6, 2013

For Birmingham City Schools, class started on August 19th. The summer was over and a more consistent routine had begun. A week into school, on Tuesday, August 27th, many of these students had survived their first pop quiz in math, they were several chapters into their history textbooks, and they were thinking about Labor Day and their first break from this routine. August 27th passed with little fanfare.

Anger, Energy, Compassion and Service

September 3, 2013

Stacy Oliver recently completed her second year of AmeriCorps service through the Building Communities, Bettering Lives program. She has served as the Community Outreach & Communications Assistant for a YW partner agency, One Roof, and has also served as a volunteer for YWCA and YWoodlawn programs and events.

Stereotypes and Socialization

August 27, 2013

Deidra K. Perry is an active YW Board Member and visited Anytown Alabama this year to see the program in action. She has addressed audiences in the US and abroad on topics of diversity, leadership and mixed generations in the workplace. Professionally, Deidra is the Sales Manager of Birmingham Magazine/AL.com.

Where do we go from here?

August 15, 2013

Gregory C. Townsend is currently a co-chair for the Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition.  He holds a Master of Arts in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College and is very active in his community where he has served on numerous community agency boards and volunteered with many groups to empower families and high-risk youth. Gregory is married to Pamela and they have two daughters Sh’Nese (25) and Ashleigh (17). They attend the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church where Gregory serves as an outreach/evangelism coordinator.

Learning About Advocacy: My Summer as a Hess Fellow

August 13, 2013

Hope Lloyd is a rising senior at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC). She was selected to participate in BSC's Hess Fellows Program - a program that pairs students with nonprofit organizations dedicated to advocacy.

RACE: Are We So Different?

August 6, 2013

Kimmie Farris is spending her summer as the AmeriCorps Administrator at the YWCA. She recently completed a master’s in English literature at The University of Alabama and is entering a doctorate program for English literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.