It’s being called Pandemic Learning Loss. Yet, disparities in early education due to racial inequities, child poverty, and learning gaps among homeless children have long been pervasive problems in ensuring children start elementary school ready to learn at proficient levels. COVID-19 introduced additional issues with learning loss, and early research shows the academic gap could widen. Kindergartners and preschoolers may have missed crucial learning opportunities that affect a child’s ability to learn on grade level when entering first grade.
Join us for our new inaugural event, YW Allies! This event honoring men in Central Alabama who have advocated for gender and/or racial equality in their company, community or with YWCA Central Alabama takes place on Wednesday, May 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Avondale Brewing Company.
Hear how intergenerational conversations shape advocacy, social justice, and women’s empowerment. From business, economic advancements, and family structures, discover how women have shaped generations and how resiliency formed and defined womanhood. Let's prepare for Mother's Day by learning the importance of preserving culture and practices and passing the baton to the upcoming generations.
From Declarations to Change: Racism as a Public Health Crisis
As our nation faces the intersecting dilemmas of COVID-19 and racism, YWCAs around the country are using the April 22-25 #StandAgainstRacism campaign to dissect racism as a public health crisis. YWCA Central Alabama invites health care and women's leadership advocate Alethia M. Jackson and public health researcher Dr. April P. Carson to discuss the economic and social determinants of health and how racism impacts public health outcomes. Public health is central to racial justice work and is critical to uprooting systemic inequity in communities of color. They will be joined by YWCA Central Alabama CEO, Dr. LaRhonda Magras.
Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. This powerful form of abuse is a compelling reinforcement to the victim that their abuser decides their fate. This training will equip attendees with strategies to properly assess for non-fatal strangulation, advocate for specific medical attention and safety needs of strangulation survivors, and understand the devastating traumatic outcomes of strangulation for survivors. CEU’s, CLE’s, and CLEE/APOST credits available.
Join us online for our Domestic Violence training. This training session addresses how transformation becomes possible when individuals, families, and communities have access to both knowledge and tools. Join the conversation, raise community awareness, and learn the many signs of domestic violence. The event is free.
YWCA Central Alabama's Family Resource Center begins hosting GED preparatory classes on Jan. 4. The GED test offers those who did not complete high school the opportunity to earn high school credentials. If an individual’s GED test scores are satisfactory, an official High School Equivalency Diploma will be awarded by Alabama. Sign up now!
YWCA Central Alabama is hosting the 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge in Alabama to further our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The premise of the event is to do one action every weekday for 21 days to further your understanding of power, privilege, oppression, and equity.
YWCA Central Alabama invites you to log in for our powerful discussion on YWeVote: Your Vote, Your Voice. This free 12-1 p.m. (CDT) webinar set for July 15 will address voting rights, voter suppression, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and the importance of getting out the vote in 2020. Birmingham Bar Association members may earn 1 CLE hour. YWCA Central Alabama CEO Dr. LaRhonda Magras will moderate this esteemed panel, which includes Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq., CEO, YWCA USA; Anthony Daniels, House Minority Leader, Alabama State Legislature; John Paul Taylor of the Southern Poverty Law Center; and NBC and MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Vance, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and UA's Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Law.