Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month 2021
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to pause and reflect on the AAPI experience in the U.S., past and present, and to recognize the contributions AAPI women have made to Boulder County.

Learn more about local AAPI history on our webpage "Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month".
*Photo courtesy Longmont Museum
In Rememberance
We also want to recognize the Anniversary of George Floyd's death on May 25 and the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre this year on May 31 and June 1.
Dancing with Boulder Stars Tickets on sale TODAY!
Team Fundraising and Ticket sales Now Open

Beginning today, Wednesday, May 12, you can start voting with your dollars for your favorite dance team and purchase tickets to our 2021 Dancing with Boulder Stars fundraiser. Your entire household can watch from home with a $20 Screening Ticket or you can attend in-person as part of our limited Live Studio Audience by purchasing a Pod of 4 Tickets.
Stepping out to Support YWCA Boulder County
YWCA Boulder County strives to be inclusive of all. If you need accommodations or assistance in your preferred language, please don’t hesitate to contact Robyn Hazlitt at rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org. We are happy to help!
2020 - 21 School Year in Review
Latina Achievement Support:
16 LAS students met for academic tutoring, stress management, mentoring and trainings with topics ranging from career readiness, how to manage school during a pandemic and Black History Month. 

Reading to End Racism
55 students & 39 teachers participated in Reading to End Racism (RER) sessions at Boulder County elementary schools, learned about what racism is and how to be an ally to someone experiencing racism or discrimination.  

58 parents and caregivers attended YWCA trainings to learn how to talk to your kids about racism, helping to facilitate discussions about the ways to identify and combat racism in school, at home and in our hometowns.

STEM E3: 
21 students of color from St. Vrain Valley School District participated in STEM E3 virtual summer camps when most summer activities were cancelled due to the pandemic. 

67 Boulder County students, primarily girls of color in grades 5-8, participated in STEM E3 introductory jam sessions featuring panel discussions of female STEM professionals on career entry and developing STEM skills. 

32 STEM E3 students chose to continue development of their computer science/coding skills by participating in the STEM E3 Level 2 Cohort Sessions, a seven-week extracurricular activity. 

Persimmon Early Learning: 
19 parents and caregivers participated in Incredible Years parent workshops held in English, and 9 in those held in Spanish, to learn effective and practical parenting skills.

2 new classrooms, 3 outdoor learning environments, and 1 new commercial kitchen were completed in building renovations last year for Persimmon Early Learning students and staff.

35 children attended Persimmon Early Learning. 

196 fitness sessions were held for students through our Wellness Program.

216 healthy nutrition activities and 4,788 nutritious meals and snacks enjoyed by students.

Racial Justice & Equity: 
194+ individuals participated in our flagship training series “Being an Anti-racist” to learn about racism in all its forms and how to take informed action. 
Latina Achievement Support (LAS) Field Trip to the Museum of Boulder
Last week a group of our Latina Achievement Support (LAS) students went to the Museum of Boulder to visit the Voces Vivas: Stories from the LatinX Community in Boulder exhibit and meet with one of the museum staff to discuss the exhibit.

Thanks Museum of Boulder!
Thank You Premier Mortgage Group
Did you know we are partnered with Premier Mortgage Group? Every loan closed with Lauren Nygren at Premier Mortgage Group (home purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage) in partnership with YWCA, $500 dollars will be donated to YWCA and the borrower will save $500 off their closing costs OR the borrower has the option of forgoing their $500 discount and a total of $1000 will be donated to YWCA at closing! Reach out today to Lauren: lnygren@pmglending.com or 303-302-3910 and mention YWCA to get started!
 
A very special thank you to our board member and realtor, Sian Murphy for working with Premier Mortgage Group with several on her clients! $5,000 and counting has been donated to us through the Premier Community program.
Honoring Jean Gore
We are sad to share that Jean Gore, one of the original founders of Reading to End Racism (RER), passed away on April 4, 2021. Jean was instrumental in founding the Reading to End Racism (RER) program and helped to develop it into a thriving program. Over the past 20+ years, her efforts have directly and positively impacted thousands of children in our community. At YWCA Boulder County, we’re proud to carry on her legacy.  

You can read her obituary here and share your memories here.
YWCA Advocacy
Check out our Advocacy page and how you can make an impact by calling, writing, or sharing your story and support in your community related to the important legislation being proposed to create long-term impacts in our work to eliminate racism and empower women and girls. 
Become a Monthly Donor
Becoming a monthly donor helps nonprofits like YWCA Boulder County by providing a reliable, sustainable revenue stream. Monthly gifts, while sometimes smaller than a one-time gift, also provide the donor with an option for greater giving spread out over time.

YWCA Boulder County thanks monthly donors Claire and Andrew Clurman for their generous consistent monthly giving. 
"We are proud supporters of the YWCA's mission and the agility they display as an organization to both center community need and be a catalyst for social justice. Our monthly donation allows us to consistently contribute over the course of the year and honor the vital role that the YWCA's programs and services play in providing access, opportunity and education here in Boulder County."
-Claire & Andrew Clurman
Consider joining our monthly giving program and making the YWCA part of your recurring giving by registering at: www.ywcaboulder.org/donate
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: 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: Brittny Wilson
What’s your title?
My title is Vice President of Development and Marketing.

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
I officially started as a staff member in October 2018 and was a YWCA Boulder County board member for a year before I made the jump to the staff side. 

What do you do at the YWCA?
As Vice President of Development and Marketing I oversee the fundraising and marketing side of the organization. I lead an incredible team of four staff members that create and manage all of the communications, organize the fundraising events, write and apply for grants and manage donor acknowledgement.

What’s your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County?
I love our organization’s history both at a local and national level. Next year will mark our 100th year anniversary in Boulder County. There are still so many people that don’t know about the work we’ve been doing for the last century. It’s been so fun to learn more about it and I look forward to sharing it with the rest of the community next year as we reflect on our past and celebrate.

What’s something people may not know about you?
I used to be a SCUBA dive instructor. I spent each summer in between college years teaching kids how to dive and sail in the Caribbean. This led me to my first job in the nonprofit sector working for a dive safety organization. Little did I know that I would spend my career in the sector working for so many amazing organizations. 

*Photo Credit: Poppy & Co.
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 khise@ywcaboulder.org, or call Persimmon Early Learning: (303) 449-1951.
Thank you Gala Sponsors!
Thank you to our generous Red Carpet level Gala sponsors our 2021 Gala!

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

Want to 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 rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org to share your story or testimonial.
Upcoming Events
Community Events

  • May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month
  • May 12 - 13, 2021 - Eid al-Fitr begins in the evening of May 12 and ends in the evening of May 13. Wishing all who celebrate it "Eid Mubarak"!
Did you know?
Racial Justice History

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to pause and reflect on the AAPI experience in the U.S., past and present, and to recognize the contributions AAPI women have made to Boulder County.

Learn more about local AAPI history on our webpage "Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month".

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

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.
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  • Give from your Donor Advised Fund
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  • Donate your vehicle to YWCA Boulder County through Vehicles for Charity
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