YW Blog

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. 

Gen Z Has The Floor on March 26

February 19, 2021

Register for YWCA Family Resource Center's That's whY2K! Gen Z Has The Floor series. These FREE monthly virtual discussions are set to begin on Feb. 26-June 25, 2021, from 6-7:30 p.m. (CST). Registration is required. YWCA Family Resource Center is hosting roundtables where a panel of selected student co-hosts engage in important conversations about topics such as colorism, generational differences, social media influence, and more from a Generation Z standpoint. This platform allows youth to constructively express themselves regarding daily issues.

YWCA Honors Maggie Brooke and Welcomes New Board Members

February 16, 2021

It was an Annual Meeting unlike any other. A worldwide pandemic lingered and snow blanketed the South, but YWCA Central Alabama Board of Directors pressed on with its Feb. 16 Annual Meeting to welcome a new president and celebrate another.

The meeting was called to order by 2021 Board President Andrea McCaskey, who has given 15-plus years of service to the YW board. McCaskey, Momentum’s Director of Programs, began her role on Jan. 1.

Feb. 18 Pop-up Shop Reservations

February 12, 2021

YWCA’s My Sister’s Closet welcomes the public to a reservation-only Pop-up Shop on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

During scheduled time frames, a limited number of customers will be allowed to browse and shop (using the CDC's COVID-safe protocol) the best the resale boutique has to offer. 

YWe Talk Spotlights Economic Empowerment on Feb. 19

January 14, 2021

Register for YWCA Central Alabama's second YWe Talk Orange Chair Series event. This FREE 12-1 p.m. (CST) virtual discussion is set for Feb. 19, 2021, on Zoom. Registration is required. A special thank you to PNC Bank for sponsoring this Black History Month spotlight on what Economic Empowerment for All means. Gain strategies and tips for homeownership, saving, and financial freedom! The YWe Talk Orange Chair Series provides a platform for addressing important issues women face.

Feb. 16 Project Life Hack: Interpersonal Relationships

January 8, 2021

Calling all high school students! Get ready for Project Life Hack: Interpersonal Relationships, a virtual discussion on hosted by the YWCA Central Alabama Family Resource Center. Let’s dive into the relationship spectrum, setting and maintaining boundaries, self-care, and more! This FREE event will be Feb. 9 and 16 from 6-7 p.m. (CST). Registration is required. Learn more: FRC@ywcabham.org or 205.949.5550. See you there!

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.”