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.
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.
Racial Healing Initiative
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, YWCA Tri-County Area, YWCA Lancaster, and YWCA York are partnering on an initiative to engage our respective communities in acts of racial healing. We define racial healing as the process by which the acknowledgement of past wrongs is necessary, as well as the recognition of the lasting effects racial trauma has had on us as individuals, within our institutions and communities. The work of racial healing requires truth telling, acknowledging one another’s humanity as we move forward to better our communities and society.
We acknowledge the healing journey can be arduous, but we believe we can transform our communities through collective impact leading us closer to healing and progress. We invite you to be a part of this initiative.
Our primary tenant is to facilitate healing conversations that will lead community residents to work together toward healing solutions and initiatives for their own communities. In active partnership with organizations and community residents we can begin to mitigate the lasting effects of racism and racial trauma. Acknowledging that racism is indeed a public health crisis our mission to engage with communities in healing conversations can serve as a catalyst to bring not only remediation to communities but to the individual as well.
Launching with a Day of Listening that will happen regionally across Pennsylvania in the Spring of 2022 our Pennsylvania YW’s, together with community partners will invite communities to:
- TRAIN to become volunteer Healing Ambassadors with a YWCA Host Organization.
- PARTICIPATE in a Day of Listening by taking a listening survey where we will assess the racial temperature of a community. The responses gathered will inform the way forward for communities healing conversations in the future.
- ORGANIZE a healing conversation event with colleagues, friends, neighbors, congregations, family members, or anyone in circles of influence.
- EXPLORE solutions with what will become your healing tribe and work toward unfolding the healing journey together.
- BUILD and mobilize actively with your healing tribe. Engage in activities that bring your community together. Keep open the dialogues of healing conversations by participating and creating restorative justice activities together.
Check back on launch day, Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 to discuss all the ways for you to get involved.
YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism. The Pennsylvania YWCA Equity Initiative team believes that by keeping our mission at the forefront of our collaboration we can begin the racial healing that is necessary across Pennsylvania.
In communities big and small, YWCAs turn on the lights and open the doors to answer the cry for justice. We dismantle systemic racism in more than 1,300 communities nationwide. At YWCA Tri-County Area, we are committed to a world of justice. Every day, we get up and do the work. But we can’t do it alone.
Join us April 23 – 26th as we launch our annual Stand Against Racism campaign. With your support, we will get up and do the work until injustice is rooted out, until institutions are transformed, until the world sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.
This year’s Stand Against Racism provides a timely opportunity to raise awareness about the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the impact of systemic and structural racism that is embedded across health, education, workforce, and other sectors.
Civic engagement is, and always has been, central to racial justice work.
Ensuring access to the ballot box and engagement of marginalized communities in the political process are powerful tools for eliminating racism and creating a more inclusive democracy. Voter registration, protecting voting rights, and breaking down barriers to women of color running for and holding elected office are foundational to this work.
The census is another critical lever for power and justice. The results of the 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in congress, shape the boundaries for voting districts, and determine how more than $675 billion in federal, state, and local funding supports communities around the country.
Each October, YWCAs across the country take part in a global movement, Week Without Violence to raise awareness about the devastating effects of domestic violence across our nation and our world.
This year, YWCA Tri-County Area is focusing on an issue closer to home. A share experience across generations, gun violence has impacted countless members of our community. We demand a world of equity and human civility. We work every single day to build an educated community that is safe for our future generations to thrive and excel.
We work to raise awareness of the impacts that gun violence has had in our own community, by focusing on those working toward a better, brighter future for generations to come.
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/