A Message From Our Advocacy Committee Chair
YWCA Boulder County’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women, and as head of the organization’s Board of Directors Advocacy Committee, I’m excited to be a part of YWCA’s 2022 Stand Against Racism campaign.

The annual Stand Against Racism campaign will take place April 28 – May 1, 2022, and will serve to unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism. It’s an opportunity for the people of Boulder County - and through YWCA USA’s national campaign communities across the country - to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice. Read on for multiple ways you can take a stand for racial justice.

We invite you to join us by rallying to make change for communities of color and telling the world We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now! Our collective efforts can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

We hope you’ll join us!

Best regards,


Alondra Vazquez
Advocacy Committee Chair
YWCA Boulder County
Community Screening & Panel Discussion
If you registered and can no longer attend, please let us know so we can transfer your seat to someone on our waitlist. To cancel your registration, please email Heather Thorwald at hthorwald@ywcaboulder.org.

Join YWCA Boulder County and NAACP Boulder County for a community screening of the acclaimed documentary “This is [Not] Who We Are” followed by a panel discussion with Director Katrina Miller and others from the film. Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2022 Boulder International Film Festival, this documentary film explores the gap between Boulder’s progressive self-image and the lived experiences of its Black citizens. 
When: Thursday, April 28, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m. 
5:30 p.m. Doors Open
6:15 p.m. Film Begins
7:35 - 8:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
Where: Boulder JCC (6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder, CO 80303)

*Please note that registration is required for this event.
Thank you to the City of Boulder Human Relations Commission for their support of this event.
2022 Stand Against Racism 21-day Challenge
Today is Day 13!
You can still join the Stand Against Racism 21-day Challenge and view the information from the previous days on the website or app.

The Stand Against Racism Challenge is now a national initiative of YWCA USA and started on Monday, April 4th. The Stand Against Racism Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participants log on to the challenge app on their phone or visit the challenge website and are presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. The Stand Against Racism Challenge is designed for people at any point in their social justice journey to become true equity leaders in their community.

Join us to deepen your allyship and further your social justice journey! Register with the link below and choose "Boulder County" when prompted to choose your association.
Program Highlight: Reading to End Racism
It's been a busy spring for Reading to End Racism (RER)! We visited schools in Boulder and Louisville in February and March, including Reading Days every week in March. We also held our "How to Talk to Your Kids About Racism" parent training for Creekside Elementary's PTO group.

Every time we do Reading to End Racism in schools, we are blown away by the insightful questions the students ask and moved by the personal stories students often share. At one Reading Day this spring, a volunteer was reading and discussing the book "I am Golden" by Eva Chen, which is a wonderful ode to the immigrant experience, especially for Chinese American children. After reading one section of the book about what a strange world it is that people will say we are different one minute and then say we are all the same the next, one little boy shared how hurtful it is to him when he is accidently called by the name of the other Indian boy in class and when the other boy is called by his name. "It makes me upset because we are both from India but we are very different."

Thank you to all the volunteers who made these Reading Days possible! "I appreciate that our volunteers see the need and step in to read to any additional classrooms", said Shiquita Yarbrough, director, community engagement and equity. We are proud to work alongside you to start conversations about racism, discrimination and bullying with children early.
April 26 - Reading to End Racism
Volunteer in person with Reading to End Racism:

  • April 26 - Mesa Elementary

If you are interested in volunteering to read to students, please contact Shiquita Yarbrough at syarbrough@ywcaboulder.org.
May 5 - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
When: Thursday, May 5, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Where: YWCA Boulder County (2222 14th Street, Boulder, CO 80302)

Reading to End Racism Volunteers are invited to come enjoy our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. We'll discuss the past year and all the great impact from this program, and take a look at the future of the program.

Please RSVP to Marisol Garcia at mgarcia@ywcaboulder.org.
May 23 - Upcoming Volunteer Training for Reading to End Racism
Join us for our upcoming volunteer training to prepare yourself to read in classrooms and make a difference in our community.

Questions? Contact Shiquita Yarbrough at 303-443-0419 x103 or syarbrough@ywcaboulder.org.

When: Monday, May 23, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Where: In-person at YWCA Boulder County (2222 14th Street, Boulder, CO 80302)
Upcoming Event: Taking Action for Racial Justice
*DATE CHANGE - Now May 5 and 19*
Thursday, May 5 and 19
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom

This two-session, three-hour-total training series is designed for individuals who are ready to work for racial justice. Participants will gain greater understanding of their role as accomplices in creating an anti-racist community, and they will identify tangible actions toward changing systems and structures that continue to perpetuate racism.

This course builds upon the knowledge gained through the How to be Anti-racist: Introduction course. Visit our Racial Justice & Equity Education webpage for information about this introductory course.

We highly recommend that participants take both courses or that they have a solid understanding of individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism before taking the Taking Action for Racial Justice course.

The $40 registration fee covers the cost for both sessions of the Taking Action training.

After you register, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions one week prior to the training.
Join the Luncheon Event Committee
In August of 2022, YWCA Boulder County will bring back our Empowered Luncheon for a special celebration of our 100th Anniversary.

We invite you to join our Luncheon Committee, help plan our Luncheon, and help engage our local community and businesses in supporting YWCA Boulder County! 

As a committee member you will: 
  • Provide essential guidance in determining the event direction, speakers and more
  • Engage your friends, family, networks and the local community to attend the event and host tables at the event
  • Engage local businesses, especially women-owned and BIPOC-owned businesses, in sponsoring the event 
  • Join us for the event and consider hosting your own table of friends and colleagues

Time commitment: Committee meetings will be one hour long twice a month from May to July and then weekly in August leading up to the event.

If you would like to learn more or would like to join the Empowered Luncheon committee now, please contact Robyn Hazlitt at rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org.
Advocacy Updates
On Monday, Senator Winter and Representative Bacon introduced this bill that would require Colorado school districts to provide legally required Title IX information on K-12 district websites. This important bill is designed to improve the compliance of Title IX laws and regulations by school districts state-wide. Help us support this bill by contacting your legislators today!

Something to Celebrate
Let's take a moment to celebrate some fantastic recent wins for women and people of color! After all that we do to contact our representatives and legislators for our advocacy work, don't forget to THANK THEM!

  • Reproductive Health Equity Act was signed into Colorado law earlier this month! The bill gives every pregnant person the right to choose to continue their pregnancy or have an abortion.
  • President Biden signed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act into law after a 122 year effort to get anti-lynching legislation passed. The bill makes lynching a federal hate crime.
  • Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court! Read YWCA USA's statement on this historic, and long overdue, achievement.

Sign Up for our New Advocacy Alerts
We have updated and refreshed the Advocacy page on our website, and have a new Advocacy Action Alert email list available for sign ups. We'll use these Advocacy Alerts to alert you to important legislation and bills that need your support!
New Payment Options: Donate with Paypal or Venmo
You can now donate through our website with PayPal and Venmo! Check out our website for these new and convenient payment options, so you can make a difference with the payment option that is best for you.
Volunteer Highlight: Steve Frankel
In honor of our Stand Against Racism 2022 campaign we interviewed Steve Frankel, a longtime volunteer for our Reading to End Racism (RER) program. Thank you for your passion and dedication to volunteering with RER!

How did you initially hear about RER?
I first met Jean Gore, one of the founders of RER, at a racial justice meeting. When she heard I had been an inner-city teacher in NY, she “recruited” me and then trained me in her little apartment in Frasier Meadows. She inspired me!

Why did you decide to get involved with RER?
RER was a natural fit for me. I love kids, had experience being in classrooms and want to make a difference. From my perspective, a core challenge of treating one another with deep respect and compassion is a lack of contact with folks who look different from us, or come from different cultural backgrounds.

Two big things happen with RER. The first is opening up the world using books, so the students can more easily feel the plight and then identify more with the challenges of others. Secondly, is having these great discussions where students would share incidents from their own lives or those close to them - where they were treated not for who they were, but by how others pre-judged them.

How has volunteering with RER supported your personal goals?
Recently I heard the saying that it’s not only creating a better world for our children, but also about creating better children for our world. For me, here’s a chance to do this not only for my kids and grandkids, but for many others. My belief is that all our kids have these life-affirming essences within, and that our collective work is to provide the atmosphere and support, to allow their beauty and gifts to live in this world! What an opportunity!

What have you learned about YWCA Boulder County during your participation in RER?
What an extraordinary group of folks work at the YWCA. They are so service-oriented and passionate to provide for others. They know how to listen, learn, and adjust, and each one in their own unique way has a big letter “C” etched in their hearts for Caring and Compassion.

In summary, I love our RER Program. Being in the schools and with the children is a blast! For me, the key to race relations is getting to know people as people, and then the fears and prejudices begin to peel away. Sometimes, meeting folks through literature and exploring together through good, open conversations in a trusting environment does assist in that happening. And we all grow up together!
Sponsor Highlight: Tebo Properties
Thank you to Tebo Properties for sponsoring our 100th Anniversary Gala! Tebo Properties has been a wonderful, longtime sponsor of YWCA Boulder County events for many years. Thank you for your dedication to our mission and work in Boulder County!
Persimmon Early Learning - Enrolling Now!
Persimmon Early Learning is enrolling for traditional/permanent child care slots for children eight weeks to six years.

Start the enrollment process today to secure spots for permanent care!

To schedule a virtual parent tour of Persimmon Early Learning, or to begin the enrollment process for your child, please visit our website to fill out an Interest Form. We will follow up with you with tour dates and times.

For additional questions, please email Celina Hernandez at: chernandez@ywcaboulder.org.
Sign up for Persimmon Grove - Our Parent eNews
Once a quarter we bring our Persimmon Early Learning classrooms to you with Persimmon Grove, our eNews for parents. Hear what each classroom has been focused on, and learn nutrition and wellness tips, too!
Staff Spotlight: Marisol Garcia
What’s your title?
My title is Coordinator, Community Engagement & Equity.

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
I joined the team in February 2022.

What do you do at the YWCA?
I help organize and carry out our community engagement, equity, and racial justice programs.

What's your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County? 
My favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County is that we work closely with the community around us and can help people to meet their needs and achieve their dreams.

What is something people may not know about you?
Something people may not know about me is that I’m a founder of my alma mater’s sorority.
We're Hiring!
Help us spread the work about these employment opportunities at YWCA Boulder County.

Please visit our website for more information and to apply. All are encouraged to apply!
Early Childhood Education Teachers - Persimmon Early Learning of YWCA needs ECT-qualified teachers for our new toddler and preschool classrooms. Our staff positions offer a $1,000 signing bonus, competitive pay, small class sizes, paid vacation with over 40 paid holidays yearly, sick leave, low-cost group health and dental coverage, employer-paid retirement plan, discounted child care, continuing education benefits, free RTD buss pass, and more!

  • $21 to $25 per hour ($34,944 to $41,600 annually) depending on qualifications
  • $1,000 sign-on bonus
  • 32-hour work week with full time benefits

Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA offers high-quality, affordable child care, and expanded indoor and outdoor learning areas. It provides a nurturing, creative space for children to learn and grow in redesigned and expanded indoor and outdoor learning areas. The program emphasizes parent engagement and education, health equity through scheduled activities and active play time, and good nutrition modeling and activities including diverse and healthy meal plans.

Check our Employment Opportunities page for more information.

For additional info, email Kate Hise at: khise@ywcaboulder.org, or call Persimmon Early Learning: (303) 449-1951.
Share Your Story
Have you, your child or someone you know benefited from a YWCA program or service?

We love sharing personal stories and testimonials with grant funders, donors and in our communications with the community. Please contact Robyn Hazlitt at rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org to share your story or testimonial.
YWCA In the News
Upcoming Events
YWCA Boulder County Events

Community Events

  • April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month 
  • April 1 - May 1: Ramadan
  • April 13, 8:30 a.m.: Boulder County Housing Authority opens waitlist for available units in Lafayette approved for the Project Based Voucher program. List closes April 14 at 4:30 p.m.
  • April 15-23: Passover
  • April 17: Easter Sunday 
  • April 18: Tax Day 
  • April 22: Earth Day 
  • April 24: World YWCA Day 
  • April 25: Deadline to apply for Growing Gardens' Cultiva Youth Project
  • April 27: Champions for Choice 2022, Boulder Valley Women's Health Center
  • April 27, 6-8 p.m.: BVSD Title IX Education Series at Fairview High School
  • April 28, 6-8 p.m.: BVSD Title IX Education Series at Centaurus High School
  • April 28 - May 1: Stand Against Racism Campaign 
  • April 30: El Dia del Nino at BMoCA and the Boulder Civic Area Bandshell
  • May 6: Tequila & Salsa Tasting Fundraiser, El Centro Amistad
  • May 20: Chocolate Lover's Fling, SPAN
Did you know?
Trailblazer Gloria Tanner passed away earlier this month at the age of 86. She was the first Black woman elected to the Colorado state Senate and served as Minority Leader in the House. Tanner was an important figure working to make Black people more politically involved in the state and nationally, including co-founding the Colorado Black Roundtable and National Organization of Black Elected Legislative women. She was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.

Thank you City of Boulder Housing and Human Services
Thank you City of Boulder Housing and Human Services Department for your grant funding for Persimmon Early Learning!
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