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."
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.”
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.
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.
YWCA Family Resource Center has partnered with Eastlake United Methodist Church to address food needs in the Woodlawn community. A low-cost Mobile Market offers fresh produce, pure honey, and other foods to residents and anyone who wishes to stop by and shop on Thursdays. Item prices don't exceed $6. The remaining 2020 dates for the market are Dec. 10 and 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The YWCA Family Resource Center is at 100 59th St S, Birmingham, AL 35212.
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.
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.