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Our One Year Anniversary

June 10, 2014

When we started the blog a little over one year ago, we had a rough vision of where we wanted to take it.  We knew we wanted it to be social justice driven and relevant to our Birmingham community—one half of the YW’s mission is eliminating racism. Anytown and Heritage Panel, both of which have been featured on this blog, are a few exa

ASEP Gears Up for Summer Enrichment Program

May 29, 2014

Summertime for many students means a long-awaited break from classes and homework, going on trips with family and friends and having more time to play outside. Summertime is also when students leave behind some of what they learned during the school year, requiring a refresher when returning in August. For students that already find it hard to keep up in school, summertime can create a devastating impact on their retention rate.

Find Your Passion, Support It

May 27, 2014

Maggie McDonald serves the YWCA Central Alabama as Senior Director of Development.  Prior to joining the YWCA she served several different roles in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Birmingham-Southern College as well as Executive Assistant to the President.

Walk A Mile® Makes a Big Hit in Railroad Park

May 21, 2014

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, YW staff, volunteers and AmeriCorps members came to Railroad Park to prepare for the first annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes®. Hosted by the YWCA Central Alabama’s Junior Board YWhisper Committee, Walk A Mile® is the only walk that challenges men to be “man enough” to walk a mile in heels.

Gentrification: A Photo Essay

May 20, 2014

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. 

GED Classes Empowering YWoodlawn Residents

May 14, 2014

The YWCA’s most recent expansion, YWoodlawn, has grown exponentially since its groundbreaking in 2009. Initially consisting of the YWCA’s acquisition of the Interfaith Hospitality House, the YWoodlawn Revitalization Initiative is an ongoing effort that has transformed several acres of once blighted housing into an award-winning neighborhood.

Today's Slavery

May 13, 2014

Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith works with Human Rights First to address trafficking of women and children. This became her passion after work with a client took Linda to South America and stimulated a well-rooted concern for women and children living in impoverished situations.

A Larger Community

May 8, 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.

YWCA Gears Up for Newest Event, Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes®

May 7, 2014

Although many of us are aware that domestic violence is a real problem, what we don’t know is how often it happens, and just how close it can be to our lives. Nationwide, 1 in 4 women will become victims of domestic violence; these victims may be family, coworkers, neighbors or friends. To add to these staggering facts, there are 145 domestic violence incidents every hour in the United States alone, and still there are many cases of violence each day that go unreported.