Weekly Stories

2018 Anytown Alabama Summit –Where Students Become Leaders

June 21, 2018

“Everything that I learned this week is something that I can take into the real world and really use,” said Anytown delegate Patrick Evans at the closing graduation ceremony. “And, I really appreciated how everyone was willing to work with us – we really all connected and it was an amazing experience.”

YWCA's 19th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon Helps Transform Lives

April 27, 2018

After leaving an abusive marriage and turning to YWCA Central Alabama for help, Tessie found the support she needed to transform her situation “from gloom and doom to thriving.”

Tessie’s story was highlighted at the YWCA’s 19th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon, held April 26 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. More than 1,400 supporters attended the event and opened their purses and wallets to raise critical funds to help the women, children and families served by the YWCA.

Girls Find Gowns of Their Dreams at YWCA's Prom Palooza

March 30, 2018

Ivalee Smith took a long look at herself in the mirror and beamed. She wore a dark gray gown with beading that resembled shooting stars, and the result was magical. “I felt absolutely beautiful,” she said later. “I felt like I was wearing the night sky.”

The 17-year-old high school senior recently found the dress of her dreams during one of YWCA Central Alabama’s Prom Palooza events held in Birmingham and Pell City. The YW provided free prom dresses and accessories to 222 girls, filling a tremendous need.

AmeriCorps Members Impact Lives and Communities

March 16, 2018

Want to know how many lives have been impacted so far by members of YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps program? Enough to fit on three cruise ships.

The 40 AmeriCorps members have touched 10,787 lives – and that was just in their first quarter of service. “They make all the difference in the world,” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said following a recent celebration honoring past and current members during AmeriCorps Week 2018.

Anytown Alabama Alumna is on a Mission

March 9, 2018

Dailey Nichols, a student at Vanderbilt  University and a graduate of Mountain  Brook High School,  wrote the following  account of her  experience at Anytown Alabama, a social justice leadership summit for teens held each summer in partnership with YWCA Central Alabama  and National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). The YW is accepting applications for Anytown, set for June 3-9, 2018, through April 13. For information or to register, click here.

YWCA's 11th Annual KIDS Korner Luncheon Supports YWCAngels

February 23, 2018

It doesn’t take much to fall in love with the girls and boys in YWCA Central Alabama’s KIDS Korner child development program for children of homeless families. One look at their smiling faces and it’s obvious that they deserve the best future possible.

YWCA Raises Awareness About Teen Dating Violence

February 9, 2018

Dashia Abrams had big dreams. The 19-year-old Huffman High School graduate had plans to pursue a criminal justice degree. Instead, just a few weeks into summer last year, she was shot to death by her boyfriend, who later turned the gun on himself.

Santa's Workshop 2017

November 6, 2017

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Fun and Games Set the Stage for Fall Festival

November 2, 2017

Smiles, costumes, games, candy and fun were the only things on the agenda at the annual Fall Festival for the kids in the YWCA’s child development programs.

Whether they were playing Ring Toss, decorating cookies, bowling with pumpkins or jumping in the bounce house, the girls and boys had a frighteningly good time at the event, which is hosted by the Junior Board.

Butterfly Creations Symbolize Journey from Victim to Survivor

October 20, 2017

As part of their healing process, domestic violence victims and children who have witnessed family violence recently participated in art therapy sessions at YWCA Central Alabama. They created beautiful butterflies to symbolize their transformation from victims to survivors.