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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.

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."

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