April 15, 2016
Pictured at right are
Lisa Burton, Paige Daniel, DeValerie Williams, D'Aisa Stone, Liz Huntley, Aaron Brazelton, Yolanda Sullivan, and Brenda Hackney.
Faith Munford is a staff member of Anytown Alabama, YWCA's social justice leadership camp for high school students. Munford currently is an AmeriCorps member serving with the YW's social justice department and wrote this blog for Al.com.
The long line outside the small boutique at YWCA Central Alabama formed early, and there was an air of hopefulness and excitement surrounding the young girls who had come from miles away. Inside, the rows of formal dresses twinkled and sparkled under the overhead lights as the girls searched intently for the perfect prom dress.
“I’m going to slay everyone there,” Hueytown High School junior DeAnna Johnson said in teen terms as she envisioned her big night. In other words, she was confident she would be the best dressed.
After participating in YWCA Central Alabama’s social justice leadership programs, Katie Klasing was inspired to make the world – or at least her part of it – more inclusive for all. That mindset, and the actions that followed, have earned her national recognition.
When a resident in one of YWCA Central Alabama’s Woodlawn apartments recently asked about computer classes for adults, AmeriCorps member Demi Eckhoff answered the call. At the time, adult computer instruction was not offered at the YW’s Family Resource Center in Woodlawn where she serves, but that didn’t stop Eckhoff. She simply decided to start a program.
Five-year-old Terell wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up so he can be a “dog saver.” His classmate, Alexia, wants to be a chef because she loves chicken and rice, and 4-year-old Jonathan can’t wait to be “the best dad in the world.”
When it comes to dating, respect for each other is crucial. That’s the message one high-school student recently took away after participating in YWCA Central Alabama’s Healthy Relationships program.
Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls works tirelessly to advocate for victims of domestic violence because he knows it’s not like any other crime.
“When you are a victim of a robbery, you don’t see the person who pointed a gun at you and took your purse every day after the crime happens,” he said earlier this year during a candlelight vigil held in remembrance of victims. “When you are a victim of domestic violence, you see them first thing when you wake up and the last thing before you go to bed.”
Lawmakers and community members will gather for an Educational Forum on Fair Lending and Fiscal Responsibility to discuss issues surrounding high interest payday and title pawn loans in Alabama. The forum, which is open to the public, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. at the YWCA Central Alabama.
Two of Talia Fleisig’s favorite things are dancing and volunteering at the YWCA Central Alabama. The 13-year-old recently found the perfect way to combine her two loves when she launched “YWCA Dances with Smiles,” her Bat Mitzvah project.