Celebrating Black History Month
Hundreds of Black women made their mark on Boulder County in the 19th and 20th centuries, though their contributions have been repeatedly overlooked. From the earliest years of non-Indigenous settlement after the Civil War, through the decades of growth after World War II, Black women in Boulder County pursued higher education and careers, founded businesses, raised families, and built and sustained churches and civic groups.

To learn more about the remarkable contributions of Black women to Boulder County history, visit our website.
Grateful for our Community
We are so grateful for the incredible generosity and partnership of so many in our community, and this month we are so grateful to our youngest supporter! Second-grader Emerson Moran sold her toys to raise money for the YWCA so the kids who attend Persimmon Early Learning could get the toys they need for their classrooms. She raised $100 and we were delighted to do a check presentation with her.

Thank you, Emerson, for your wonderful partnership and community spirit!
Recording for "Closing the Inequity Gap for Women in the Workplace"
Thank you to all those who registered and attended our webinar last week, "Closing the Inequity Gap for Women in the Workplace". We highly encourage everyone to watch and share the webinar recording, and soak up some of the incredible knowledge our national experts shared about the pay wage gap and the impacts of the pandemic for women, their careers, lifetime earning power and retirement prospects.

A HUGE thank you to our fantastic panelists:

Anne E. Winkler
Chair and Professor of Economics, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Author, “The Economics of Women, Men and Work”

Sabrina Valpone
PhD at the University of Colorado/Leeds School of Business and Director, Diversity and Identity Management Lab

Faith Winter
Colorado State Senator

Michelle Frierson
Doctoral Student, University of Colorado Boulder School of Education
Researcher, YWCA Gender Pay Wage Gap Analysis
Tickets On-Sale Now!
2021 Gala: Lights, Camera, TAKE ACTION
Tuesday, March 9 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join YWCA Boulder County for our 2021 Virtual Gala. Enjoy an hour of impact with awards, a guest speaker, paddle raiser and an event drawing.
We will be celebrating an awards night the way it should be - with women and people of color in the spotlight.
6:00 PM | Virtual Doors Open
Feel Free to Join Early to Ensure You're Connected before the Program Begins
6:30 - 7:30 PM | Program
An Hour of Impact, with Awards, Guest Speaker, Paddle Raiser and Event Drawing
Your $100 Red Carpet Ticket includes your Screening Link plus a gourmet Happy Hour Nosh & Nibbles spread* (feeds 1-2 people) from local Cured Boulder.
Add-on options include delivery,** wine and Lily's Sweets chocolate.
*Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free options available.
**Pick-up option available in downtown Boulder on March 9. Delivery for Boulder County only.
  • Sue Fagan, Former YWCA Board Chair and Community Advocate, with the Janet Beardsley Award of Excellence
  • Kathleen Buchholz, SVP, Integration & Financial Systems, Zayo Group, with the YWCA Community Impact Maker Award
Happy Hour Nosh & Nibbles
Enjoy a decadent spread from Cured Boulder with hand-picked gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, and curated wine selections, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Add-ons options include delivery*, wine and Lily's Sweets chocolate.
*Pick-up in downtown Boulder available on March 9. Delivery for Boulder County only.

Buy your RED CARPET TICKET or RED CARPET TICKET PLUS WINE before MONDAY, MARCH 1, to secure your gourmet Happy Hour Nosh & Nibbles spread from Cured Boulder!

Screening Tickets on-sale through midnight, March 8.
Sign-Up for our next "Being an Anti-racist Virtual Training Series"
We have another series of our popular Being an Anti-racist training starting in February. This training series is for individuals who are committed to learning more about the personal, interpersonal, institutional and structural systems of racism that can lead to informed action and transformation of a community determined to end racism.  

A $100 Donation per ticket covers the cost for all three sessions of the training.

We ask that participants commit to attending all three sessions when they register, since the information will build on previous sessions.
  • Friday, Feb. 19: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 26: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 5: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Register today! Registration required by Monday, Feb 15.
After registering, you will receive an email with the video call-in information a couple days before the session.
Now offering Being an Anti-racist Organizational Trainings

We are now offering our Being an Anti-racist Training Series for organizations. If your business or organization would like to receive an individualized training, please contact Shiquita Yarborough at syarbrough@ywcaboulder.org to learn more and for pricing information.
February STEM E3 Jam Session Sign-Ups
Friday, Feb. 12, 2021
11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Calling all 5-8th grade girls of color!

Join us for a free introduction to coding and participate in hands-on coding activities. Hear from an employee panel from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on their experiences as women in STEM.

The first 10 girls to log-on on Feb. 12 will receive a prize!

For more information, please contact Karina Corral at kcorral@ywcaboulder.org.
Call for Reading to End Racism (RER) Volunteers
Reading to End Racism Reading Days in local elementary schools are fully virtual and in need of volunteers! Hear about this new volunteer's experience at our recent Uni Hill Elementary Reading Day:
"My experience was amazing! Once I saw the opportunity to participate in RER, I didn’t even hesitate. I saw there were a handful of classrooms in need of bilingual readers and decided to reach out to my Spanish speaking colleagues. I was surprised to see that two of them signed-up. One of them was a student at Uni Hill and was paired with her old elementary school teacher!

I was very nervous at first, I signed-up to read to a Spanish 5th grade classroom. Even though Spanish is my first language, I use English 97% of the time. It was my first volunteer experience where I could use my first language and I did not want to mess it up. I pre-read my book so many times before the RER Reading Day. Once I joined the google meet link, I was greeted by a classroom filled with smiling faces eager to meet the guest in their class that day. I introduced myself with a small background of my life and why I was reading to them that day. My book was titled “Solo Pregunta” (Just Ask) and it teaches kids about disabilities that are visible and non-visible. The whole class was very engaged from the beginning and at the end of each section I would stop and ask a few questions. When we finished the section about autism, a girl named Taylor shared that her brother has autism and that she helps him at home. We also read a section on allergies, and many of the kids jumped to share what allergies each of them have. At the end I gave them an opportunity to ask me any questions they had, which I answered “No I am not a teacher”. We wrapped up the session with this goal, to always ask questions and always be a friend. I am already looking forward to the next RER session.
-Alondra Vazquez"
Upcoming RER Reading Days in need of volunteers: February 18 at Whittier Elementary School: Sign- up here.

We are especially in need of bilingual, Spanish-speaking RER readers! If you have questions or would like more information, please email Karina Corral at kcorral@ywcaboulder.org.
"How to Talk to Your Kids About Racism"
Free RER Parent Class
Monday, Feb. 22
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

As we celebrate Black History Month, we'll be hosting a virtual event called “How to Talk to Your Kids About Racism”. The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22. We'll be discussing topics including how to raise children to treat others fairly when they see racial injustice; what are the pros and cons of talking openly about race and racial injustice with our children; what is the price of silence; and more.

According to our Director of Community Engagement and Equity, Shiquita Yarbrough, “Children are never too young to be exposed to diversity, and research shows that kids recognize differences in skin color from a very young age. When kids are as young as just three months old, they may look differently at people who look like or don’t look like their moms, dads, and siblings. Opening a discussion about racial injustice and diversity is essential no matter the color of your child’s skin.”

We hope you’ll join us for this special introductory program discussing parenting with a racial justice lens. The event is free, and registration is required.

Learn more about the other Racial Justice & Equity education and training sessions we’ve got coming up at YWCA Boulder County here.
Donate your Car to YWCA Boulder County
Donating your car to help your favorite nonprofit is a quick and easy process. Here is what a donor who recently donated a vehicle had to say about his experience:
"I was introduced to the YWCA through my company, and, as the father of a teenage daughter, I connected immediately to the YWCA's focus on helping young women. While the COVID-19 pandemic has paused my company's involvement in sponsoring the YWCA's fundraising events, the needs of the women and families directly supported by those events haven't gone away... in many ways, they've become more dire. My wife and I decided to donate a car we no longer needed to the YWCA in hopes that the funds raised by its sale might help in these difficult times.

The process of donating was very easy... everything was submitted online, the car was picked up from our house, and we received a tax-deductible receipt as soon as it was sold. We had never donated a car before, but looking back on it, we're so glad we made the decision."
If you have questions or would like to donate a vehicle, get in touch with Robyn Hazlitt at rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org.
Persimmon Early Learning - Open Enrollment
Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children's Alley) is Enrolling for Traditional/Permanent Child Care Slots

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

  • Small class sizes and low teacher-student ratios of 1:5
  • Experiential, play-based program with Storybook Journey curriculum that supports child-led interests and child development
  • Colorado Shines Level 4 rating
  • Highly qualified teaching team works to strengthen all areas of child growth and pre-academic skills including: social-emotional, gross and fine motor, early literacy, STEM, and social studies
  • Twice-yearly parent/teacher conferences and daily communication
  • Daily Active Play, Movement, and Nutrition lessons with our Wellness Coordinator
  • Healthy snacks and meals prepared daily on-site by our Nutrition Coordinator
  • Certified HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) and Breastfeeding Friendly Program

Visit our website and fill out our Interest Form to sign up for an Info Session, be notified of Virtual Tours, and begin the enrollment process today. 

Online Parent Info Sessions will be held virtually every other Wednesday, including:
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 10-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 3 from 10-11 a.m.

For additional questions, please email Kate Hise at: khise@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!
Meet the Staff: Robin Eastman
What’s your title?
IDC Infant Nursery Supervisor

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
I joined the YWCA team in August of 2020.

What do you do at the YWCA?
I’m the Infant Nursery Supervisor, but I’m also a teacher in the IDC. I enjoy teaching and caring for the children we have in this room.

What’s your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County?
My favorite thing about the YWCA is the close-knit community of the teachers. We all support one other and the children we care for.

What’s something people may not know about you?
My family loves Disney World and we try to go together fairly frequently.
We're Hiring!
Check our Employment Opportunities page for more information:
  • Early Childhood Education Teachers - Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA needs ECT-qualified teachers for our new toddler and preschool classrooms. $1,000 signing bonus, small class sizes, and great 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 plan.

For additional info, email Kate Hise at khise@ywcaboulder.org, or call Persimmon Early Learning: (303) 449-1951.
Thank you, Sunflower Bank, 2021 Gala Sponsor
Thank you, Sunflower Bank, for being one of our first 2021 Gala Sponsors!

Your generous support and sponsorship helps us make an impact in our community.

Happy Lunar New Year and Chinese New Year
Happy Lunar New Year and Chinese New Year, which fall on Friday, Feb 12, this year!

"Guò nián hǎo" (过年好) means "Happy Lunar New Year". It's a traditional way to greet people during the Chinese New Year.
Upcoming Events
YWCA Boulder County Events

Did you know?
Women's Herstory

Did you know that during World War I, Black women joined war service organizations like the YWCA - and established their own groups - to meet the specific needs of Black soldiers? This also drove and encouraged their own political activism to improve opportunities for themselves.

Photo credited to YWCA USA.
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 (formerly Children's Alley)!
Thank YOU for your support!
Make a Donation to YWCA Boulder County

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Contact us to learn more about donating stock or other assets, donating through your employers giving program or becoming an event sponsor.
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