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May 2019

A message from our Executive Director...

Dear Friend,

This spring has been a busy month for the YWCA Glendale. I am so thankful for the broad community support at all our events ranging from our 22nd annual Legacy Luncheon to our first annual #StandAgainstRacism event. 

Click here for a visual recap of our Stand Against Racism event.

As we explore ways to continue the conversation around racial justice, equity and inclusion, we will incorporate tips and news items in our monthly e-news and share resources that promote racial and ethnic unity.YWCA Glendale is committed to continuing this work because we know it's not just an annual event. It's a lifelong challenge.

And that's why, on that note, we ask you to join us in congratulating Glendale Community College for launching the first-ever GCC Pride Week, a weeklong event filled with thoughtfully-planned workshops, mixers and panel discussions with the aim of promoting an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff. 

GCC Pride Week

Let's continue to work together toward our vision for inclusivity, equity and respect for diversity.


Tara Peterson
Executive Director
YWCA Glendale

P.S. Please be sure to say hi to us when we're out in the community!


Legacy Luncheon Featured in Glendale News-Press!

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Thank You for Joining Us at Legacy Luncheon!

Click here to see photos from the event

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Legacy Luncheon 2019 Sponsor Logos

Have You Seen It? Camp Rosie Featured on YouTube

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Camp Rosie Video

Thank you, Camp Rosie Supporters!

Soroptimist Glendale
Kiwanis Club of Glendale
Glendale Arts

Did you know? Girls and young women between the ages 16-24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average. Research shows that violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18 and that the severity of violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence. Camp Rosie directly addresses these startling statistics by serving as YWCA Glendale's teen dating violence prevention initiative. Primary prevention approaches like Camp Rosie strive to combat knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors associated with risk factors of teen dating violence and aim to promote knowledge attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that support protective factors and healthy relationships.Click below for more information on Camp Rosie.

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See Us in Action at Our Very First "Stand Against Racism" Event

April 30, 2019 marked a very special day: our very first "Stand Against Racism" event at YWCA Glendale. The event provided safe and nonjudgmental space for honest, reflective conversation with members of the community, including faith leaders from Glendale, Hollywood and Inglewood, and Los Angeles neighborhood council members from the foothills communities.The evening began with networking with local residents with opportunities for them to publicly join our pledge to Stand Against Racism.

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We then transitioned into the program by having a “fishbowl” discussion with our speakers. Fr. Vazken Movsesian of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, Rev. Sherri James of UP Church, Rev. Todd Leonard of Glendale City Church, Shant Sahakian of the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education, and Dannielle Johnson, CEO, of Donut Socialite. The conversation touched on topics such as Glendale’s racial history as “Sundown” town, fostering racial and ethnic unity in our schools, racial reconciliation and healing, and how to create racial and ethnic unity.


In the second part of the evening, participants were invited to join in on the conversation to reflect and talk about the difficult issues--all in the spirit that we are all fellow journeyers. As such, we also reminded ourselves, though it's hard to remember sometimes, that we are more similar than we are different. Through this exercise we discussed how individual and institutional racism impacts us all, but we also explored ways to promote greater appreciation of racial and ethnic unity, and respect for diversity. 

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Lastly, participants were asked to place on the wall their personal actions and actions they'd like to see YWCA take--in order to reaffirm our collective and individual commitments to #StandAgainstRacism.

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Click here to see all the photos


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Become a YW Volunteer in Our Children's Program!

Volunteer as a Children's Program Assistant during the month of May! LiveScan and TB test are required. Email us at volunteer@glendaleywca.org for more information!



Students From New York Here to Learn About Homelessness and Affordable Housing in L.A. County

We recently met with an amazing group of high school students from New York, here to learn about homelessness in L.A. County, including how nonprofits like YWCA GlendaleAscencia and Door of Hope are helping the homeless in our community, preventing homelessness and engaging volunteers to make a difference.

These students' level of empathy and desire to take personal action were nothing short of inspiring. They drew thoughtful connections between legislation, volunteer service, nonprofit outreach and direct services, and social stigma. YWCA Glendale was proud to be a part of this conversation to highlight the ways we are helping domestic violence survivors transition from our emergency shelter and into permanent housing, and how financial abuse affects a survivor's ability to achieve self-sufficiency and start anew.

Thank you to our partners at Ascencia for coordinating this special roundtable discussion!


Glendale Arts' Taste Walk Glendale Supports YWCA Camp Rosie

Congrats to our partners at Glendale Arts for another successful annual Taste Walk Glendale event on May 1. A part of proceeds benefits YWCA's Camp Rosie

Taste Walk Glendale

Where We'll Be 

Come see us as we're out and about in the community! Would you like to see us at your event? Email info@glendaleywca.org

First Annual Glendale Community College Community Reach Out Fair - May 14 and 15

A social services fair for GCC students and the general public!

Glendale Community College 
Tuesday, May 14
10am to 2pm
4:30pm to 7pm (YWCA Glendale present)

Wednesday, May 15
10am to 2pm  (YWCA Glendale present)

For more information, please contact GCC staff, Hoover Zariani or Nane Kakosian, at 818-240-1000 Ext. 5789

2019 Nonprofit Expo - June 4

Sponsored by The Accountancy, Crescenta Valley Insurance, Amtrust Financial, Glendale Sunrise Rotary & Glendale Kiwanis Club

Oakmont Country Club
3100 Country Club Drive
Glendale, CA 91208

Tuesday, June 4
5:30pm-7:30pm (YWCA Glendale present)

Please call Leyla Anderson at 818-248-4500 or email Leyla@cvins.com with any questions.


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Phone (818) 242-4155 | info@glendaleywca.org

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YWCA Glendale is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.


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