Thank you for an AMAZING Gala!
March is always an exciting month at YWCA Boulder County. It's a month to celebrate the incredible contributions of women with both International Women's Day and an entire month dedicated to Women's History.

Every year we put women, girls, and people of color in the spotlight at our annual gala - and what a gala it was this year! We are SO grateful to the hundreds of supporters who tuned in and hung in there with us for our first ever virtual gala. Donors and corporate partners helped us raise more than $240,000 in total, and over a hundred donors raised their virtual paddle to raise $155,000 in under 20 minutes! We truly appreciate your incredible generosity and support. You've made it possible and continue to make it possible for us to do the important work we do to create greater racial justice, equity, economic advancement for women, as well as increase the well-being and safety of women, girls, and families in our community.

The past year has been difficult for everyone, and the challenges we faced prior to the pandemic – affordable child care, economic advancement for women, health and safety of women, girls, and communities of color, and racism – have all become more glaring, more powerful, and more hurtful. And with these challenges, it's never been more important for all of us to take action to create positive change in our communities and our country. "Taking Action" was our theme for this year's gala, and we called on every participant to make a commitment to TAKE ACTION this year. We look forward to seeing all the incredible ways each of you will continue to take action so the world will see women, girls and people of color the way we do: EQUAL. POWERFUL. UNSTOPPABLE.
2021 Virtual Gala Recap
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Gala last week! If you didn't catch it, you can still enjoy our YWCA Mission Moment video above!

"We overcome challenges - and there were a lot of challenges in our way this year - and we had to find solutions." -Debbie Pope, CEO, YWCA Boulder County

Thank you to Boulder County Commissioner Marta Loachamin for an incredible conversation with Debbie Pope.

If you did attend, please help us improve by submitting your feedback with our short event survey below. We value your input!
Celebrating our Awardees
Sue Fagan
Janet Beardsley Award of Excellence
Former YWCA Board Chair and Community Activist

For over 25 years, Sue Fagan has been a passionate volunteer for organizations that serve marginalized populations. She is a Victim Advocate with the Boulder Police Department, a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Boulder Voices for Children, served as YWCA Boulder County Board Chair from 2017-2018, and as a Board member for five years. Because of her leadership and commitment during a CEO transition, today the organization is financially strong and has expanded its programming and services in our community.

Kathleen Buchholz
YWCA Community Impact Maker Award
SVP, Integration & Financial Systems, Zayo Group

Kathleen is passionate about leading the seamless integration of people, systems, and processes during business acquisitions. She serves as Senior Vice President of Financial Systems and Integration for Zayo Group, and is known for her mentorship, development and support of both the individuals and teams that she manages. She has led several initiatives to support the people of Paix-Bouche, the village where she was raised in Dominica. Kathleen also has been a wonderful proponent of the partnership between YWCA Boulder County and Zayo Group, including hosting the YWCA STEM E3 Program for young girls of color in Boulder County.

Recruiting Dancers for YWCA's Dancing with Boulder Stars coming in June 2021!
After postponing Dancing with Boulder Stars in November, we're going full steam ahead for our new June 2021 date!

We are currently recruiting "celebrity" dancers to join the event and learn some fancy footwork for a good cause. No previous dance experience is necessary and we are producing the event with COVID-19 precautions in place.

If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Brittny Wilson at bwilson@ywcaboulder.org before the end of March. Our celebrity Stars will be paired with a dance instructor and practice will begin in April.
Upcoming "Being an Anti-racist Virtual Training"
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 community transformation 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.

Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | April 23, 30, May 7, 2021
 
Register today! Registration required by Monday, April 19.
 
After registering, you will receive an email with the video call-in information a couple days before the session.
Now offering 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.
Women Trailblazers: History in the Making
Wed., March 31 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
YWCA Boulder County is sponsoring the Women's Collaborative of Boulder County's event "Women Trailblazers: History in the Making" on Wed., March 31 from 5-6 p.m.

Join a celebration of trailblazing women in our community who are paving the way to a more equitable future for all women.

This esteemed panel of leaders will reflect on the barriers and challenges they have confronted and discuss their vision for a future with women in leadership.

  • Josie Heath, Community Leader - The first woman to run for the US Senate in Colorado
  • Annette James, President, NAACP, Boulder County - advocate, educator
  • Jamie Harkins, Mayor Lafayette, CO - First openly gay mayor of Lafayette
  • Carla Fredericks, CEO, Christensen Fund - First Native American woman to lead a $300M+ Private Foundation

YWCA Advocacy Alert
YWCA Boulder County is proud to support some exciting Senate and House bills. Learn more about them below and contact your legislators to show your support!

  • Adds “gender expression” and “gender identity” to list of protected classes for employment, public accommodation and other areas where discrimination is prohibited by law. 
  • Protected classes include race, religion, sex, and age, etc..
  • Amends the definition of "sexual orientation" and add definitions of the terms "gender expression" and "gender identity".

  • Provides diapers through trusted community partners.
  • 520,000 diaper packs = 50 extra diapers and wipes, for 12 months for 43,000 families in need
  • It can help families over the hump they face each month in this hard time.
  • Diaper banks have seen a 300% increase in need during COVID, WeeCycle increased from 300,000 to 1.2 million diapers.
  • $2 million budget item

  • Expands access to family planning services through: 
  • Medicaid to include undocumented Coloradans who are income eligible.
  • Improving access to contraceptives for all who are eligible for family planning services through Medicaid.

  • Eliminates statute of limitations for child sexual assault survivors to file civil lawsuits against perpetrators. (Currently must file by age 24).
  • Removes several restrictions on filing damage claims. 
  • Makes persons and organizations that didn’t directly participate in abuse potentially liable.

  • Limit ticketing and arrests for low-level offenses in Colorado schools.
  • Raise standard for suspensions, improve discipline data reporting, create clear criteria for selection and evaluation of Student Resource Officers in schools.
  • Modernize code of conduct policies to be more transparent and equitable, and ban handcuffing elementary school students.

Early Childhood Education Budget Items:
  • Support for Early Childhood Educator Workforce
  • $1.2 million to create and fund a recruitment and retention grant and scholarship program for ECE educators

  • Early Childhood Educator Salary Increase
  • $3 million to create and implement a pilot program studying the impact of subsidized wages for ECE educators

Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act
Contact your legislators today to support H.R. 1620 the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act!

Donate your tax refund with ReFUND CO
Do you expect a state income tax refund?
 
Now you can donate some or all of it! It's a simple and fast way to support YWCA Boulder County. Visit refundwhatmatters.org to learn more and to find the nonprofit registration number to enter on your tax return. When you complete your state tax return, enter Registration #20023006070 for YWCA Boulder County.
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

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. Please contact Kate Hise for upcoming dates. 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: Debbie Pope
What’s your title?
My title is CEO, YWCA Boulder County.

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
 I joined the YWCA Boulder County team in January of 2018.

What do you do at the YWCA?
I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to see the entire operation of the organization from top to bottom. I get a front row seat to our incredible racial justice programming, our inspiring donors, our passionate Board of Directors, our tireless administrative staff, and incredible Persimmon Early Learning staff and children.

I can see how all parts of the organization impact and strengthen each other. The bottom line is I feel like I’m a conductor of sorts working with talented staff, volunteers, and partners to achieve the collective goals of the organization: to eliminate racism and empower women and girls.

What’s your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County?
My favorite thing about our organization is the mission. I feel like the intersections of racial justice and empowerment of women and girls is enormously powerful. Our entire movement is working to ensure ALL women have the opportunity to live in a world free of sexism and racism. Personally, it’s also important to me as my son and daughter are bi-racial and I see the different challenges they face because their skin is darker than mine. I have three daughters who deserve access to the same opportunities as their male counterparts to achieve their dreams. We should all aspire to create a community where women and girls are treated as the person they are: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

What’s something people may not know about you?
I was a television anchor and reporter for the first portion of my career. I hosted a morning show called “Good Morning West Texas”. If you’re looking for a good laugh, live television is guaranteed to deliver something humorous. Thankfully, YouTube and social media were not around when I was on air.
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, Zayo Group!
Gala 2021 Presenting Sponsor
Thank you, Zayo Group, for being our Gold Statue level Presenting Sponsor of our 2021 Gala!

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

Help Re-imagine Preschool in Colorado
With the passage of Proposition EE in November of 2020, universal preschool for all children in their year before kindergarten will soon be our reality (fall 2023). The Colorado Children's Campaign is collaborating with Early Milestones Colorado, Clayton Early Learning, and Governor Polis' office to gather feedback and insights on the process of re-imagining preschool in Colorado from communities and individuals across the state. If you want more background, click this link to see the discussion guide created by the Early Childhood Leadership Commission.

The Early Childhood Council of Boulder County is collecting input from early childhood professionals, parents, and community members in the county. Responses can be anonymous.

“Universal Preschool Input for Boulder County” survey links below:

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Did you know?
Women's Herstory

Did you know YWCA Boulder County has furthered women's issues for nearly 100 years? The organization's first big success was funding on-campus housing for female students at The University of Colorado Boulder in the mid-1920s.
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!
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