Weekly Stories

Crew Program Gives Woodlawn Teens Work Experience and More

August 28, 2015

The school day starts as early as always, but the parents of some Woodlawn teenagers have noticed that getting their kids up and out the door in the morning isn’t as difficult as it used to be.

They credit the YWCA Central Alabama’s CREW (Creating Responsible Educated Working teens) program, which allows youth in the Woodlawn community the opportunity to gain work experience during the summer and participate in personal and professional development opportunities.

Summer Adventures Prepare Students for School Year

August 13, 2015

Children who participated in the YWCA Central Alabama’s Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) program were faced with a dilemma during these first few days of the new school year. When asked how they spent their summer vacation, they had a hard time narrowing down their answers.

YWCA Junior Board Makes Powerful Impact on the Community

July 24, 2015

Whether they were raising money to support the YWCA Central Alabama’s child development program for homeless children, convincing men to walk in red high heels to spread awareness about domestic violence or passing out prizes at the Fall Festival, members of the YW Junior Board made quite an impact during the 2014-15 term.

“These fabulous women have so much energy and drive, and we are fortunate that they are willing to share their talents with the YWCA,” said Yolanda Sullivan, CEO. “I am so grateful for this amazing group and for the passion they have for our mission.”

New KIDS Korner Classroom Brings Smiles to Lots of Faces

July 17, 2015

When TJ, his mom and grandmother came to the YWCA Central Alabama recently, they were hot, tired and frustrated. Several days into their search for childcare for the 2-year-old, they were very discouraged and the grandmother was almost in tears. “I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “They told me, ‘Go to the YWCA, they can help.’ ” 

YWCA Celebrates Christmas in July to Help Families in Need

July 10, 2015

We may be in the middle of a summer heat wave, but it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas at the YWCA Central Alabama. In an effort to ensure that a growing number of very deserving boys and girls will have a happy holiday season, we are celebrating Christmas in July.

Reading Program Makes Learning Fun for YWCA Children

July 2, 2015

Eight-year-old Morgan read a book about space and got more and more excited with each page. She thinks Saturn might be her favorite planet because of its rings, and she believes she might want to be an astronaut one day. “It just seems like it would be a lot of fun,” she said.

Anytown Alabama Opens Hearts and Minds of Delegates

June 18, 2015

After spending a week at Anytown Alabama, a social justice leadership camp for high school students, the 70 delegates left with one common goal. They want to change the world.

“I am more aware of serious issues in the world and I feel motivated to help stop them,” one student said. “Everyone is important, regardless of their gender, their sexuality, their race, their level of ability and their religion.”

District Attorneys Learn More About YWCA Services

June 5, 2015

Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Joe Hicks handles lots of domestic violence cases, and he wants to be able to tell victims exactly what to expect if they must seek emergency shelter in order to stay safe.

That’s why he and about 20 of his colleagues recently visited the Family Violence Center, one of the YWCA’s confidentially-located shelters for women and their children. “It’s nice to see this place and know there are so many folks doing such a good job to make it as comfortable and homey as possible,” he said.