Anniversaries and Celebrations
100 Years Since the Tulsa Race Massacre

The Tulsa Race Massacre happened on May 31 to June 1, 1921, when mobs of White residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents and Black-owned businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

It’s been called the single worst incident of racial violence in American history, and the attack, carried out both on the ground and from the air, killed 39 people; hospitalized more than 800 people. Approximately 6,000 Black residents were interned in large facilities, many of them for several days following the massacre, and 10,000 Black residents were left homeless. It destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the district (which at the time was the wealthiest Black community in the United States, known as "Black Wall Street"). Property damage amounted to more than $1.5 million in real estate and $750,000 in personal property (equivalent to $32.65 million in 2020).

Many survivors left Tulsa, while Black and White residents who stayed in the city kept silent about the terror, violence, and resulting losses for decades. The massacre was largely omitted from local, state, and national histories.
To learn more, check out the following:
Sources: Wikipedia, NPR, PBS
Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth, observed on June 19, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. As we move from reckoning to resolution in the fight for racial justice in America, Juneteenth is an opportunity for us all to celebrate while looking ahead to what remains in this critical work.
Happy Pride Month and the 52nd Anniversary of Stonewall Uprising

The Stonewall Uprising began early on June 28, 1969, in New York City when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village in New York City, arresting patrons and local residents and sparking six days of protests. These protests are widely seen as the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States and globally.
Thank you for an AMAZING Dancing with Boulder Stars!
Thanks to our AMAZING audience, we raised over $70,000!

We saw some FANTASTIC dance performances and couldn't believe the audience response! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your incredible support of our dance teams and the YWCA's mission and programs.

A HUGE thank you to our wonderful dance teams who dedicated months of hard work to their dance performance and fundraising! 

  • Dana Briganti & Sky Shaver
  • Sally Brown & Isaac Lynn
  • Ellen Choonya-DeRoche & Serina Ojala - Winners of the 2021 Judges' Choice Award 
  • Joe Kelly & Cheryl Gerde
  • Megan Lamerato & Allison Johnson - Winners of the 2021 Runner Up Award 
  • Allison Johnson - Winner of the 2021 Instructor of the Year Award 
  • Emma Nicoletti & Tom Wingerd - Winners of the 2021 Champion Award 
  • April Norman & Heather Cino

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We could not do the critical work we do without your generous support! 
Miss your chance to vote for your favorite team? Team fundraising pages will remain open until the end of the week in case anyone wants to make any additional gifts.
Congratulations Latina Achievement Support (LAS) Graduates
Congratulations to our eight graduating Latina Achievement Support (LAS) students, all of whom are going on to post-secondary opportunities! At the last meeting of the school year, we surprised these dedicated students with some gift baskets to celebrate all their hard work and achievements.

Left: Jailyne and Mia from New Vista High School enjoying their gift bags at the last meeting of the year.
Middle: Our two seniors from New Vista this year, Amairany and Itsel, showing off their specialized senior baskets. Congratulations on graduating and moving on to college next year!
Right: Best friends Sofia and Isis are always inseparable at our LAS meetings at New Vista High School.
STEM E3 Program Updates
30 SVVSD and BVSD students completed our seven-week Coding Cohort program earlier this year. We were SO impressed with how quickly they completed lessons and earned tech badges through the online Curated Pathways program we utilize in partnership with YWCA Silicon Valley. Several students have emerged as student leaders who will be coding ambassadors in our upcoming workshops and other community activities. We can't wait to see where these students go next!

Top left: Luciana posing with her Chromebook after completing our seven-week cohort. Luciana has been selected as one of our coding ambassadors for our summer coding camp where she will help lead activities!
Top middle: Rehanna picking up her Chromebook after completing our seven-week coding cohort. Way to go Rehanna!
Top right: Karina and her dad picking up her Chromebook. Karina is selected as one of our summer coding camp program ambassadors!
Bottom left: Priscilla and Camila are sisters and completed our seven-week cohort and collecting many badges along the way. Great job!
Bottom right: Alexa picking up her Chromebook after completing our cohort. Great job Alexa!
Upcoming July Virtual STEM E3 Summer Coding Camp

July 26-30, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Calling all Rising 6th - 8th Graders
Virtual & Technology provided

Learn how to code with YWCA Boulder County's STEM E3 Program, City of Longmont, and Innovation Center. Enjoy a five-day session in which we will discover new coding opportunities!

If you have questions, please contact Karina Corral at:

Codificacion: Campamento de Verano

Este evento es gratis.
Alumnos comensando el 6o al 8o grado
Se proporcionará tecnología
26 de Julio al 30 de Julio del 2021
lunes -viernes (virtual)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Aprende a codificar con la YWCA del condado de Boulder, Cuidad de Longmont y el Centro de Innovacion. Disfruta de una sesión de cinco días ofrecida en linea en la que descubriremos nuevas oportunidades de codificación para estudiantes.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Karina Corral (YWCA Boulder),, (303) 443-0419.
YWCA Advocacy Updates - Virtual Capitol Hill Day June 17
Virtual Capitol Hill Day June 17

Several YWCA staff and board members are gearing up for YWCA USA's 2021 Virtual Capitol Hill Day on Thursday, June 17. We will be meeting with the offices of Sen. Hickenlooper and Rep. Joe Neguse to urge them to cosponsor and pass the Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis resolution and the Anti-racism in Public Health Act of 2021 (S. 162/H.R. 666). We look forward to making our voices heard and taking action on YWCA values!

Recap: Solidarity to Safety: Race and Belonging in SVVSD Panel

YWCA Boulder County, NAACP Boulder County Chapter, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and Families of Boulder County provided a community forum last Thursday, June 10, for St. Vrain Valley School District students and families to share their concerns and experiences with racism, in response to the racist incident at Mead High School last month in which three Mead students posed for a photo at the school reenacting George Floyd's murder.

More than 160 people signed up for the program that included a panel discussion and community sharing. The last portion of the program provided an opportunity for the community to ask the SVVSD Superintendent Don Haddad and his leadership team questions about their plans to move forward key actions outlined by the collaborative, including YWCA Boulder County.

Continued conversations with the school district are taking place to ensure accountability in working toward a safe and equitable space for all students.
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
Mile High United Way's Organizational "Being an Anti-racist" Training with YWCA
Earlier this year Mile High United Way asked YWCA Boulder County to provide our Being an Anti-Racist training to their staff and grantee organizations. Senior Director, Policy and Impact Investments, Roweena Naidoo had this to say about their experience:

"The work to be an anti-racist organization is essential for our nonprofit sector: Racism can hold us back, it can affect how we engage with community, and it has a direct impact on how our communities thrive. So it was a gift to learn of YWCA of Boulder County’s “How to be an Anti-racist Organization” training. Mile High United Way has enjoyed a strong partnership with YWCA, and it made sense to invite them to provide the training series to our Strategic Investment Grant partners. This is not an easy topic. However, Shiquita and Debbie helped us to courageously stand in the reality of this problem, and guided us into the difficult work that will better serve our clients and our staff. We are grateful to Shiquita, Debbie, and the YWCA of Boulder County for working with our nonprofit partners to be beacons of justice, fairness, and equity, in service to our community."
-Roweena Naidoo, Senior Director, Policy and Impact Investments
Persimmon Early Learning - Open Enrollment
Persimmon Early Learning 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

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 Kate Hise at:
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Welcome New Staff: Dianna McCune
What’s your title?
Persimmon Early Learning Toddler Teacher.

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
May 2021.

What do you do at the YWCA?
I teach the toddlers in our care at Persimmon Early Learning. Being a part of a community that understands the power of investing in early childhood education.

What’s your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County?
The chance to serve and empower women and children.

What’s something people may not know about you?
My dislike for high-fives.
Welcome New Staff: Selena Vissar
What’s your title?
Persimmon Early Learning Teacher.

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
May 2021.

What do you do at the YWCA?
I teach the wonderful children in our care at Persimmon Early Learning.

What’s your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County?
The organization’s mission to empower women and help and support members of our community.

What’s something people may not know about you?
I read comic books.
We're Hiring!
Latina Achievement Support (LAS) Advocates

The Latina Achievement Support (LAS) Advocate works directly with ninth- to twelfth-grade Latina high school students in Boulder County, helping to close the achievement gap and provide specialized support. LAS advocates provide a space where students can build upon the strengths and resources of the Latinx Community and understand the challenges they may face in reaching their goals. LAS provides positive youth development through programming (described below) and exposure to other organizations in Colorado. This is a position requiring a commitment to the work and mission of YWCA Boulder County and supervision of youth. May be a virtual position or partially virtual, subject to COVID-19, and will start in September 2021. Average of 6-12 hours per week.

Check our Employment Opportunities page for more information.
Persimmon Early Learning Early Education Teachers
  • 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.

Check our Employment Opportunities page for more information

For additional info, email Kate Hise at, or call Persimmon Early Learning: (303) 449-1951.
Thank you Dancing with Boulder Stars Sponsors!
Presenting Star Sponsor | $7,500
Star Sponsor | $5,000
Thank you to our generous Dancing with Boulder Stars Sponsors! Your generous support and sponsorship helps us make an impact in our community.

Thank You Xcel Energy Foundation
Thank you to the Xcel Energy Foundation for funding our STEM E3 Program for 2022! We are grateful for your partnership in opening horizons for STEM careers for young girls!
Share how YWCA Boulder County has Impacted Your Life
Have you, your child or someone you know benefited from a YWCA program or service? Would you like to help YWCA Boulder County reach more families and serve more people in our community?

We love hearing from people who are involved with our programs, and love sharing personal stories and testimonials with grant funders, donors and in our communications with the community. Please contact Robyn Hazlitt at to share your story or testimonial.
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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)!
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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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