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Nurturing Inclusive Communities: June Roundup

June 26, 2014

Each month, the blog will bring you a monthly roundup of the highlights in national and local news relevant to social justice topics. Our goal is to hit major news, but also include a few pieces that you may have missed.

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.

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