February is both National Black History Month and National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a month that amplifies YWCA Glendale’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. This month, we are focused on relationship building - and it’s a wonderful thing! We get the opportunity to forge awesome, deep connections in order to make a significant change in our community - and these connections REALLY do matter. This month, we witnessed the power of partnership when the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education took a courageous step forward by passing a school board resolution to commemorate the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepening our understanding of our nation’s history. YWCA Glendale was proud to support the advocacy efforts of our community partner, Black in Glendale, who led the community partnership with the school board to see through the successful passage of the school board’s resolution. YWCA applauds the efforts of the GUSD and all community partners involved in taking these important steps to stand against racism in our schools by working to improve the school experience for African American students in Glendale. We look forward to collaborating with the school district and our community partners to participate in this moment of change during black history month and beyond. Partnerships matter because they work and we all have a collective responsibility to build an inclusive community that values diversity and builds upon our strengths. I hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter that lifts up our partnerships in Glendale and beyond and invites you to join us in our upcoming campaigns and events.
Tara Peterson, Executive Director
FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH (TDVAM)
February is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. YWCA Glendale is proud to partner with local and national organizations to raise awareness of this issue through high impact social media and community mobilization campaigns designed to spark conversations, reduce shame and isolation, and create systems of support and healing for teen survivors.
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Follow the conversation on twitter at: @glendaleywca @loveisrespect @breakthecycle #TDVAM20 #1Thing #TDVAM
If you or someone you know is experiencing teen dating violence, confidential support is available at: Text hotline: text loveis to 22522; or call the YWCA Glendale hotline at 888-999-7511.
ACCESS: A CENTURY AFTER WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE EXHIBIT AT GLENDALE LIBRARY
The year 2020 marks the centennial of women’s suffrage, a milestone in U.S. history when women succeeded in gaining access to the political process with the right to vote. Despite the passage of the 19th amendment, it took decades for women of color to gain this basic right. The latest exhibit at ReflectSpace Gallery at the Glendale Central Library, Access: A Century After Women’s Right to Vote, examines the past 100 years of women’s rights through the work of several contemporary women artists, and considers the role of women today and their access to positions of power. In addition to the exhibit, a display will highlight the history and contributions of African American women who live and work in Glendale. YWCA Glendale’s Executive Director, Tara Peterson, and Director of Finance and Administration, Tori Fisk, are honored to be featured in this display.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER: BLACK IN GLENDALE
Tanita Fadyeyola Harris-Ligons, Founder of Black in Glendale
Founded in 2010 with the support of friends, neighbors and mothers of children who faced issues of harassment in school, Black in Glendale’s mission is to promote awareness and respect for Black culture through events that honor the heritage, creativity and contributions of Black people and builds community among Glendale neighbors and friends. Together, we provide a sense of community for people who live, work and play in Glendale. The decision to use the term Black, as an inclusive diaspora term, represents all people of African descent, whether born on the continent of Africa, Caribbean, Europe, the Pacific Islands or the United States. Our events, programs and activities also extend themselves to family members who represent other communities. We are grateful to partner with the YWCA Glendale to host the following events at their facility:
Annual Kwanzaa Celebration for the entire Glendale Community
Monthly community meetings for parents, community members and educators
Bi-monthly “kick back,” for youth
For more information on Black in Glendale, join our meetup group: https://www.meetup.com/Black-In-Glendale/ or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
BECOME A YWCA GLENDALE STAND AGAINST RACISM PARTNER
This year we are hosting our 2nd Annual Stand Against Racism campaign from April 23rd-26th and an April 30th roundtable discussion on community engagement & collective impact. We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to expand Stand Against Racism’s reach into our community by providing more opportunities to engage with this year’s campaign, which will focus on civic engagement. We invite you to join us as a Stand Against Racism partner. To learn more CLICK HERE.
If your organization would like to become a Stand Against Racism partner, please email email@example.com with subject line 'Stand Against Racism' to receive campaign information and to be listed as a partner on our website.
DONOR SPOTLIGHT: LEADERSHIP GLENDALE, A PROGRAM OF THE GLENDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
It takes a village to create a space where families feel supported and equipped to thrive. Over the past year, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded a key community volunteer project to renovate the Children’s Room at the YWCA Glendale. Over 70 volunteers and donors came together to support the installation of new floors, kitchen appliances and cabinetry and to beautifully furnish this multi-purpose space. We now have a space where children can play, families can connect and grow together, healthy meals can be shared and healing journeys can begin. Thank you to our community for bringing this space to life!
Adventist Health Glendale Alliant Insurance Services
Architecture 9 PLLLP
Ark Family Center Inc.
Arpa & Zoya Stepanian
Bruno Group Inc.
Chief Carl Povilaitis
Chromatic Inc. Printing
"A Lover of Libraries"
Eric Hamilton Family
Glen Oaks Escrow
Glendale City Employees Association
Glendale Educational Foundation
Glendale Funeral Home
Glendale Memorial Hospital & Health Center
In Loving Memory of
Partners & Staff
Lee, Sperling, Hisamune/A.C.
Massage Envy Glendale
My Glendale Florist
Oceanview Capital Partners, Inc.
Rick & Heather Dinger
Sandy Pringle Associates Inspection Consultants, Inc.
Stone-Beck Group at
Teresa & Sara Mackey
Toni Beck & Vincent Espinoza
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
Vital Medical Services
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