Why does the mission of the YWCA resonate with you? With a Mission statement of: “Eliminating racism and empowering Women”, anyone who knows of the YWCA wants to be connected and involved with the organization. As a young woman, I was taught to value independence and personal responsibility. Having a career was important to me from a young age. The YWCA shows at-risk youth how to be responsible, contributing members of the community. Children need to learn about their options in life and the YWCA gives youth choices and a chance to grow their wings.
What made you decide to join as a member? My decision to become a member this year was inspired by a conversation with Faye Washington and a tour of the Faye Washington Empowerment Center. She envisioned it and determinedly brought the center to Los Angeles, against many odds. When you see someone else doing great things for others, it makes you want to join in.
Members of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles add their voice to the thousands of others who have gone before us and those who are currently fighting for justice impacting those we serve. When you choose to join as a member, you become part of a 120 year long history with an opportunity to shape tomorrow for our community. Keep reading to hear from two current YWCA Greater Los Angeles members on why Membership Matters:
Why does the mission of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles resonate with you? Women have been on the back bench for so many years and have often been trampled upon. I love an organization that empowers women. We can aspire to greatness. I love that the YWCA tells us whatever we want to do, we can rise to greater heights. When I was growing up, my father told me to make my own way and depend on myself for money. The YWCA is helping women do that. I came to America for a better life. I heard much of this great nation. It is not easy to come here as an immigrant but whatever I have been through is important and has helped me become the woman I am. The YWCA helps eliminate racism. We are ALL one in America and the sooner we all see that and feel that – the better.
YWCA Greater Los Angeles is a proud recipient of the 2016 Bank of America Workforce Development Grant. (R-L): Raul A. Anaya, Bank of America President – Greater Los Angeles, Charmaine Atherton, SVP of Community Development Banking, Faye Washington, YWCA GLA President & CEO, Gwendolyn Givens-Jones, SVP Senior Relationship Manager and Raúl Bustillos, SVP of Community Relations.
We would like to thank Bank of America for their continued support of $20,000 to the YWCA GLA Workforce Development program. Over the years Bank of America has supported the YWCA GLA Workforce Development Program by providing many of our youth a place to collaborate and build into their future. Bank of America’s lasting partnership strengthens our goals to provide guidance, education, and sustainability to your youth which leads them to job placement.
YWCA GLA Works to Elevate the Community through Job Training and Placement in Digital Careers
Fighting for dependable jobs and higher wages has been part of the focus of the YWCA’s efforts both nationally and locally for decades. With the establishment of the Digital Learning Academy (DLA) in 2015, individuals now have access to quality digital careers like never before in this community.
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Individual Activism Shapes Our Community
In this often overcrowded and polarized political environment, many individuals are left wondering, “Does my voice matter, can I really make an impact?” Congresswoman Karen Bass, representing the 37th Congressional District of California, and Congressman Ed Royce, representing the 39th Congressional District of California, weigh in:
“A constituent can definitely make a big difference by being active and involved in their community. The best public policy comes from the people,” shares Congresswoman Bass. “I’ve recently witnessed a perfect example of how a few individual voices helped raise awareness about an issue. The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) visited me at my Washington office last year. The several young women I met with were involved in the child welfare system and/or the criminal justice system and had joined ARC to raise awareness about their stories to impact policy change. Their stories demonstrated the sheer resilience and strength of each of these young women. One key takeaway was how no one was talking about the girls and women of color who are impacted and enter the juvenile justice and criminal justice system as adults. The fact is – the pipeline for girls and women is different. We had a town hall in my district that summer and two of the ARC members who were in my Washington office served as panelists, they helped raise awareness and candidly spoke about their experiences.”