Each month, we give you a roundup of the highlights in national and local news relevant to social justice topics. Our goal is to let the stories spark productive conversations about race, gender or any trait that can divide people.
First, there has been a lot of talk about race surrounding the Zimmerman trial and Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Even the president had a few things to say about how the ruling relates to U.S.
Local bookstore Jim Reed Books has recently gathered civil rights memorabilia to honor the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement. Because as a Social Justice AmeriCorps member I strive to create an environment that is just and fair, I felt it was important to research the materials of a significant time that serve as a driving force for what I do each day.
The YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps program recently recognized three members of the year for their outstanding service and commitment to the AmeriCorps mission. These members have demonstrated multi-year dedication to the YWCA’s AmeriCorps program, and their service has contributed immeasurably to their host sites. The 2012-2013 members of the year are Irion Lane, Bridget McDaniel and Stacy Oliver.
Hope Lloyd is a rising senior at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC). She was selected to participate in BSC's Hess Fellows Program - a program that pairs students with nonprofit organizations dedicated to advocacy. Hope was an adviser at Anytown Alabama 2013 and is serving at the YWCA this summer.
Earlier this year, the YWCA Central Alabama hosted 100 students and educators from 23 schools across the Birmingham area to participate in the Make A Change Leadership Institute. The theme of this year’s event focused on sexual minority youth at school. Sexual minority youth are young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are uncertain of their sexual identity. The program was facilitated by student leaders who have attended Anytown Alabama, a social justice leadership camp sponsored by the YWCA and the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ).
Summer is a time of rest and relaxation for many, but for the YWCA After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP), it’s busy season. When summer kicks off, ASEP begins its Summer Enrichment Program a nine week camp designed to fight “summer slide.”
Anamaria Santiago currently teaches literature and composition courses at UAB. She has been on staff at Anytown Alabama for numerous years and was honored to serve as an Anytown Alabama co-director this year.
This week the YWCA Central Alabama opened its doors to a group of campers who, with sleeping bags and suitcases in tow, will make the YW their home for one week during YouthServe’s Urban Service Camp. This five day residential camp hosts a diverse group of youth, ages 13 -18, who come together to get to know each other as well as our city.
The YWCA is excited to continue its partnership with YouthServe to provide life-changing experiences for Birmingham area youth.