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YWCA Tri-County Area’s mission-based advocacy programming raises awareness, offers issue education, and builds social capital around women’s empowerment, racial and social justice and inequities, and safe and healthy communities.


YWCA Tri-County Area advocates for racial justice, civil rights, and women’s health and safety. On a local level, YWCA provides important programs around these topics, educating the community on topics such as racism and diversity. On a national level, YW3CA participates in YWCA USA’s legislative advocacy agenda, and helps move forward legislation which supports our mission.

YW  takes a program-informed approach to its advocacy, drawing on the expertise and resources of the national organization and focusing on the practical solutions that meet the needs of women, girls and families in the marginalized communities we serve.

  • Centering Women and Girls of Color:

    YWCA advocates for legislation and policies that are important for all women, but that are specifically and particularly important for women and girls of color.  We center women and girls of color in our advocacy by highlighting their needs and concerns in policy and systems-change discussions.  We recognize that improving outcomes and enhancing opportunity for the most marginalized and vulnerable women and girls in our communities will benefit all women and girls.

  • Inclusive and Intersectional:

    YWCA takes an inclusive and intersectional approach, recognizing that equity and opportunity for girls and women are directly impacted by the compounding impact of race, ethnicity, gender and socio-economic factors. Progress for women and girls must be in alliance with other marginalized communities.

  • Youth Focused:

    Teen Dating Violence Awareness assemblies allow teens to ask questions about emotional, social, and physical abuse. Stand Against Racism takes the message of racial and social justice to area high schools.

Dignity in Schools Campaign

YWCA supports the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) in the fight to maintain the Federal School Discipline Guidance. The Federal School Discipline Guidance is a critical tool that can help schools and districts reduce the use of practices that push students out of school (e.g. suspensions and expulsions). Furthermore, it helps prevent them from disciplining in ways that discriminate against students of color. DSC is a national coalition of over 100 organizations in 29 states dedicated to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. DSC fights for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. To learn more about Dignity in Schools, Week of Action to Protect Federal Guidance visit: http://dignityinschools.org/protecttheguidance/

Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC)
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