YW Blog

YWe Talk Series Launches Jan. 26

January 14, 2021

Register for YWCA Central Alabama's first YWe Talk Orange Chair Series event. This FREE 12-1 p.m. (CST) virtual discussion is set for Jan. 26, 2021, on Zoom. Registration is required. The YW's CEO Dr. LaRhonda Magras will engage in conversation with Jamira Burley, activist and millennial youth whisperer, on what 2020 meant, where 2021 is headed, and how acting locally can effect change nationally. The YWe Talk Orange Chair Series provides a platform and communal space of exchange to discuss important topics and issues facing women.

Jan. 12 & 19 "Project Life Hack" Looks at Higher Education

January 8, 2021

Join YWCA Central Alabama Family Resource Center on Zoom for a virtual workshop on education after high school! Learn about public and private schools, trade schools, community colleges, no-tuition college, and more. Registration is required for the free Jan. 12 & 19 event. To learn more, email frc@ywcabham.org or call 205-949-5550. FRC offers Project Life Hack virtual sessions for young people monthly through June 2021 on the first and second Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m.

BBJ Recognizes CEO Dr. Magras

January 8, 2021

Dr. LaRhonda Magras, YWCA of Central Alabama CEO, was named a finalist for the Birmingham Business Journal's 2020 Top Nonprofit CEOs. Over 100 people attended the virtual award ceremony on Dec. 3, 2020. Magras was among 35 finalists recognized in categories ranging from large, medium, small-size companies to nonprofits in Birmingham. They were chosen for outstanding leadership in 2020. Magras was one of five finalists in the nonprofit category. 2020 YWCA Board President Maggie Brooke said Magras "has led the YW with grit and grace during this tumultuous time."

Welcome 2021 Board & Officers

January 7, 2021

During its November 2020 regularly scheduled meeting, YWCA Central Alabama Board of Directors elected a slate of new officers and announced its roster of 2021 Board members. The Board is led by newly elected Board President Andrea McCaskey of Momentum. CEO Dr. LaRhonda Magras pointed to YWCA Central Alabama’s mission to empower women and said "this outstanding group of women leaders put the power in empower. They are architects and titans in their respective industries. I am excited to be embarking on a new journey in 2021 with this amazing group of leaders.”

Women's Health Discussion

December 30, 2020

YWCA Central Alabama presented YWe Fit: The Better Health Care for Women Resolution, a virtual discussion about the current state of health care on Jan. 7. Watch the presentation that featured Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, UAB Director of Cardiovascular Outcomes & Effectiveness Research Outcomes, and Dr. Kierstin Kennedy, Clinical Associate Professor Chief, UAB Hospital Medicine. They were joined the YW's Dr. Idrissa Snider, Director of Social Justice, and Knetta Adkins, Coordinator of Community Education and Advocacy. They were joined the YW's Dr. Idrissa Snider, Director of Social Justice, and Knetta Adkins, Coordinator of Community Education and Advocacy.

Congratulations Adkins & Means

December 10, 2020

Kudos to the YW's Knetta Adkins and Alexandria Means! Both have been selected from more than 100 applicants to participate in the Birmingham Women's Initiative.

The group consists of "people right here in our community who are poised to act to ensure the rights of women exist in a most excellent way." They received a letter from Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and participated in the Women’s Initiative Kick-off/Orientation on Dec. 10.

Sign Up for 2021 GED Classes

November 20, 2020

YWCA Central Alabama's Family Resource Center is now hosting GED preparatory classes. 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 the state of Alabama.

April Deal Literacy Center Open

October 7, 2020

Family members often recount stories to remember those they loved and lost. That’s exactly what the family of the late April Autrey Deal did during a literacy center dedication in her honor on Oct. 6, 2020. Deal's sister Emily Cooper, along with her husband Sam Cooper, joined cousins Ann and George McMillan to honor the legacy Deal left behind at the YW, fondly remembering the years she spent enthusiastically reading to the children of YWCA Central Alabama's Child Development Center.