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Stand Against Racism: Take the Pledge

April 22, 2021

YWCA is on a mission to #StandAgainstRacism! We are raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and building community among those who work for racial justice. This year, the annual Stand Against Racism campaign (April 22-25) focuses on the myriad of racial justice issues that have resulted in a public health crisis within communities of color. As we highlight the importance of understanding how racism affects the economic and social determinants of health, we hope you'll join us and TAKE THE PLEDGE!

First Lady Jill Biden Visits YWCA

April 9, 2021

YWCA Central Alabama enjoyed First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s visit April 9 to its nationally accredited Child Development Center as part of the Help is Here tour. Dr. Biden stopped in Alabama to amplify how the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 addresses childhood poverty. “What an amazing 118th birthday present for YWCA Central Alabama to be in the national spotlight for our work to address the needs of women and their families,” Dr. LaRhonda Magras said. Magras gave the First Lady a tour of YWCA Central Alabama’s Child Development Center and shared with her that it is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Free Prom Dresses Available

April 9, 2021

My Sister's Closet Partners with Hope with Grace to Offer Free Prom Dresses

The pandemic might have changed a great deal for many, but prom can still be special for area high school students. YWCA Central Alabama's My Sister's Closet is partnering with Hope with Grace to offer free prom dresses to area girls. The gorgeous assortment of new and gently used gowns and shoes is available to all who need them. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting 205-401-7493. Hope with Grace is at 1913 Avenue F, Ensley, AL 36218.

YWCA Launches WE360 Program for Women and Girl Entrepreneurs

April 7, 2021

YWCA Central Alabama has launched a new initiative with a two-generation approach to empowering women and girl entrepreneurs. YWCA’s WE360 Business Essentials is a life-changing partnership with Ureeka, an online platform dedicated to helping women and entrepreneurs of color own their own business. WE360 is funded by YWCA USA through a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The first cohort of 36 (chosen from 68) applicants from the metro-Birmingham area are participating this spring. A second cohort of entrepreneurs will be announced in the fall.

Movies for the Movement

March 23, 2021

Each month, YWCA Central Alabama will feature movies that highlight, celebrate, or focus on promoting women's empowerment and communities of color. These films will also help to generate conversations addressing sexism, racism, classism, and other forms of oppression. You can watch these films alone or with your family. You can also use these viewings to engage a small group, with students, or at your workplace.

Books We're Into: March

March 23, 2021

Cicely Tyson’s remarkable career spanned more than 60 years before she passed at the age of 96. Tyson is recognized as a trailblazer, and her iconic roles in film and television are known for shattering negative stereotypes about Black women. Just As I Am: A Memoir is a beautiful reflection of her life, in her own words. 

CREW Camp for Teens

March 23, 2021

YWCA Central Alabama's Family Resource Center annually conducts CREW (Creating Responsible Educated Working teens). CREW is a virtual/in-person four- to seven-week summer enrichment program that primarily serves Woodlawn teens entering 9th-12th grades. However, other high school students within the Greater Birmingham area are also encouraged to apply for the June 7-July 2, 2021, camp. #YWCACrew2021

Virtual Purse & Passion April 29

March 17, 2021

YWCA Central Alabama's annual Purse & Passion program will be livestreamed Thursday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m. (CDT). Tune in to hear powerful stories from families the YW serves. Some Table Captains will also host viewing parties at their homes. Virtual guests can log in to view the livecast from anywhere. Don't miss the YW's largest fundraiser, which raises more than $600,000 each year to support YWCA Central Alabama's domestic violence services; child and youth development programs; and safe, affordable housing. Register or give at purseandpassion.swell.gives.

My Sister’s Closet Now Open

March 17, 2021

YWCA Central Alabama’s My Sister’s Closet reopened to the public on March 15, 2021, after one year of closed doors due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shoppers are welcome to visit the resale boutique at 2324 3rd Avenue North next to YWCA Central Alabama in downtown Birmingham. New store hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Thursday under strict COVID-safe protocol.