About the YWCA
Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. The YWCA will thrust its collective power toward the elimination of racism, wherever it exists, and by any means necessary.
Throughout our history, the YWCA has been in the forefront of most major movements in the United States as a pioneer in race relations, and the empowerment of women. Click here to learn more.
What is the Stand Against Racism™?
The Stand Against Racism™ is a movement of the YWCA with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life - across the country - to raise awareness that racism still exists.
The methodology of the Stand Against Racism™ is to bring together like-minded organizations that share in our vision of eliminating racism and celebrating the richness of diversity. By inviting community organizations to partner with us, we maximize the outreach of this mission, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants.
Through our annual event, which takes place the last Friday of each April, and our Community Cohesion program, the YWCA's Stand Against Racism™ addresses the root causes of racism and encourages conversations across diverse communities in the USA.
Click on "A conversation regarding racism" to view the video
- Celebrate Diversity- Youth Art, Contest: Raise awareness in youth that racism still exists in our communities. We should celebrate diversity rather than build walls. Through art, students have the opportunity to express their take on racism and diversity. Click here for more information. For the Artpace lesson plan click here.
- Stand Against Racism: Raising awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it cannot be ignored or tolerated. A nation-wide movement initiated by the YWCA in 2008, Stand Against Racism attracts tens of thousands of participants through community partnerships with more than 60 YWCA Associations. For more information click here.
- Other Events/Activities: Participate in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, and International Women's Day march.