A Message from Our CEO
It’s a new year and it’s a big one for YWCA Boulder County as we’re celebrating our 100th anniversary! For 100 years, YWCA Boulder County has worked to eliminate racism and empower women in Boulder County and helped women and children of all ages and backgrounds thrive. Our work is critical and important, and we love serving our community now as we have for the past 100 years.

This year has also been off to a difficult start for our community. Our thoughts continue to be with our friends and community members who were impacted by the Marshall and Middle Fork fires in Boulder County as well as the victims and families of the Lakewood mass shooting that took place shortly before the fires. The strength and resiliency of our community has been tested to say the least and we stand together during this difficult time.

Our YWCA community is solid, and we are prepared to support those most impacted by recent events and help them to recover from the heartbreak and loss they’re experiencing. We were grateful to be able to partner with Xcel Energy Colorado and use our offices as a distribution center to give out electric heaters to the community while Xcel restored natural gas to customers after the fires. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who showed up in the frigid cold and snow to help us distribute the heaters!

I’m proud of the many ways YWCA Boulder County shows up and as we face another test of our collective resiliency, we’ll be here to support our community as we further our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. You can count on us continue to show up and serve our community for the next 100 years…and beyond.

With gratitude,

Debbie Pope, CEO, YWCA Boulder County
Parenting Classes at the YWCA:
Our FREE Incredible Years Classes
In Spring 2021, YWCA provided two virtual Incredible Years (IY) classes, at no charge, for 24 participants, one in English (15 participants) and one in Spanish (9 participants). An additional IY class was held this fall with 13 participants.

Evaluation results for spring 2021 show statistically significant, positive changes from pre- to post-test including an increase in positive parenting and decrease in harsh discipline.
"I love how this class reframes your mindset. Now, instead of just seeing my child's misbehavior and wanting to change it, I look at my behavior first to see what I have modeled, and then make a plan to change it." - Incredible Years Parent
Class participants reported:
  • significant increases in setting clear expectations
  • decreases in inconsistent discipline
  • increases in their children’s prosocial communication, emotion regulation, and overall social competence
  • a significant increase in appropriate discipline.

We are proud to offer the Incredible Years parenting class to caregivers in our community and look forward to another great class starting later this month.
Register for Our Next Class starting Monday, Jan. 24
Our next class series will be offered virtually via Zoom on Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Jan. 24 through May 9 (no class on Feb. 21 or March 21).

This FREE, evidence-based 14-week parenting skills course is offered in the spring and fall of each year for parents of children ages three to six years of age.

Benefits include:

  • Less stressful households
  • Positive parent-child relationships
  • Proven strategies to deal with children’s challenging behaviors
  • Growth of children’s social skills development
  • Enhanced school-readiness for children
  • Increased self-esteem & self-confidence for both parents & children

Classes are free, but registration is required. If you have questions or are interested in registering, please visit: https://www.ywcaboulder.org/family-services/ and fill out our interest form.
Hybrid Gala on March 5, 2022
Save the Date for our hybrid Gala, coming up on Saturday, March 5, 2022!

We'll be celebrating our 100th anniversary with a hybrid Gala: live and in-person at the Boulder Embassy Suites and streaming online, everywhere.

Early bird tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 31 - stay tuned for more details!
Become a Gala Sponsor
Become a Gala sponsor and join YWCA Boulder County in celebrating 100 years of impact in Boulder County! We have a variety of flexible annual corporate sponsorship opportunities that can help your business support one of the oldest nonprofits in Boulder County while also achieving your employee engagement and community marketing goals.

2022 Gala Sponsorship Levels:

  • Presenting Sponsor | $10,000
  • Starring Sponsor | $5,000
  • Featuring Sponsor | $2,500
  • Empowering Sponsor | $1,000
  • Contributing Sponsor | $500

Contact Robyn Hazlitt at rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org today to confirm your sponsorship.
Upcoming Events
Changing the Conversation: Taking Action to End Sexual Assault
Thursday, February 17
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
FREE Online Webinar Event 

In this hour, two more people in Colorado will become survivors of violent sexual assault. Sexual assault is on the rise across Boulder County with 64% more ER visits for sexual violence-related injuries for 10- to 17-year-olds. Young women between ages 16-23 are four times more likely to face sexual violence than the general population.

This is not a new issue or conversation, but activists in our community are forcing action to ensure a safe, healthy and equitable community free of gender-based violence. Join YWCA Boulder County and a panel of experts and advocates at the front of this fight for a virtual event on February 17 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. We’ll have a powerful discussion about this community issue and how each of us need to take action to change the culture and climate surrounding sexual violence.

The event is free and donations to YWCA Boulder County are appreciated.
How to be Anti-racist: Introduction
Thursday, February 24 and March 3
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom

This two-session, three-hour-total training series is focused on understanding individual and interpersonal racism, intended to stimulate personal reflection and discovery. The second session will provide training to understand institutional and structural racism and better recognize how systems and structures perpetuate racism.

*New lower price* - The $25 registration fee covers the cost for both sessions of the training.

After you register, you will receive a Zoom link and instructions one week prior to the training.
Taking Action for Racial Justice
Thursday, April 28 and May 5
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.
Recording for Women's Collaborative of Boulder County's December Webinar "A Celebration of Women in Local Office"
As proud partners of the Women's Collaborative of Boulder County, we are sharing a recording of their December webinar event "A Celebration of Women in Local Office". Featuring a variety of incredible women who are newly elected to office or were involved in the November 2021 elections, this webinar was a celebration and discussion of our community's newly elected women officials. It was also a year of major milestones, including the election of the first black woman to the Longmont City Council, (our very own) Shiquita Yarbrough. Moderated by Dr. Nicole Speer (Boulder City Council), Meosha Brooks (SVVSD School Board), Shiquita Yarbrough (Longmont City Council), and Mission Launch owner and campaign manager, Nia Wassink.
Donate your IRA Distribution
Did you know that you can donate your IRA distribution? If you are at least 70.5 years old and have a traditional IRA, you can donate directly from your traditional IRA to a qualified charity (like YWCA Boulder County) up to $100,000 without it being considered a taxable distribution.

Consult your tax advisor to see if you can further your philanthropic goals and enjoy this tax benefit! 
Sponsor Highlight: Blue Spruce Construction
Thank you to Blue Spruce Construction for being one of our first 2022 Annual Sponsors, including sponsoring our Gala! Blue Spruce Construction has been a steadfast 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!

  • Small class sizes and low teacher-student ratios
  • 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

To schedule a virtual Parent Tour for 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: Kira Fling
What’s your title?
My title is Preschool Teacher.

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
I joined the team at YWCA Boulder County in August 2021.

What do you do at the YWCA?
I teach preschool to our wonderful students at Persimmon Early Learning.

What's your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County? 
My favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County is that it’s located in a very affluent neighborhood in downtown Boulder, and yet we have children coming from all over Boulder County and beyond to attend our school. It’s a totally different experience working with such a diverse population of children. I love it!

What is something people may not know about you?
I was a short track speed skater on the National Team from 2000-2006.
We're Hiring!
  • Early Childhood Education Teachers - Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA needs ECT-qualified teachers for our new toddler and preschool classrooms. Our staff positions offer a $2,000 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! 

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.
In the News
Upcoming Events
YWCA Boulder County Events

Community Events

  • Tues., Feb. 1 - Lunar New Year
Did you know?
In December 2015, YWCA USA changed its corporate name from "Young Women's Christian Association" to "YWCA USA, Inc." and YWCA Boulder County followed suit. The YWCA's history began as a "Christian sisterhood" and over the years evolved into the social justice organization it is today. This official change of name emphasizes our commitment to our mission to eliminate racism and empower women regardless of religion and as an organization open to people of all religions and genders.
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!
Thank YOU for your support!

Our work would not be possible without the support of passionate individuals and businesses like you, who support our programs and services.

Contact us to learn more about donating stock or other assets, donating through your employers giving program or becoming an event sponsor.
Non-cash Ways to Support the YWCA

  • Give from your Donor Advised Fund
  • Shop at smile.amazon.com and select YWCA Boulder County
  • Sign up for King Soopers Community Rewards and select YWCA Boulder County
  • Donate your vehicle to YWCA Boulder County through Vehicles for Charity
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