Isn't racism over? What about reverse racism? Aren't women equal already? Why is this still the mission of YWCA after over 100 years?
On the surface it may seem as though things have become more 'equal' in our society--with more and more women in leadership positions and after the election of our first bi-racial president--but if you scratch below the surface, you'll find that there's still a lot of work to be done before the playing field is truly leveled. Learn more about what our mission really means and why it's important!
Want to receive updates and help us live our mission? Sign the Mission Impact Pledge.
YWCA's Mission Impact: living our mission and making real change in our community.
Advocacy and Public Policy
We promote, advocate, and take action for national, statewide, and local policies that promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all, including: racial justice, immigrant and refugee rights, LGBTQ equality, women's empowerment, and economic justice.
We strive to make anti-oppression education available to all members of the community with our growing popular education initiatives.
Outreach and Services for Marginalized Communities
We know that there are people in our communities who have been underrepresented, underserved, and disenfranchised for generations. We are working to bring those folks back into our community by offering services and support.
We are committed to ensuring that all members of our community can freely exercise their right to vote, that is why we have convened the McLean County Voter Engagement Coalition--a nonpartisan, widespread alliance of community-based organizations, joint in an effort to register, educate, and empower voters, and get them out to vote during elections.
YWCA believes in everyone's right to have a say in local, state, and national legislature. Learn more about ways that you can use your voice.
We are promoting our mission through work in other departments as well.
YWCA offers a wide spectrum of accessible services and community-based advocacy and educational programs programs that are deeply rooted in our mission. Each program creates an opening for members of our community to find their path toward a more just and equal society.