A Message from our Advocacy Committee Chair, Angelique Espinoza
As Chair of the YWCA’s Advocacy Committee, one of the things that I am most proud of is the YWCA’s focus on making long-term, systemic change through policy and legislation. Among these efforts, the Advocacy Committee has recently been devoted to our Get Out the Vote efforts for the upcoming election. We’ve also analyzed the important ballot measures Coloradoans are voting on from now until November 3rd. Read on to see our endorsements for three of these critical issues, and join us in making sure that your friends and family are registered to vote and have made a plan on how they will vote.
I’d also like to recognize all of YOU. Thank you for your participation in our first ever virtual event with the Dash & Bash. Thanks to you, we raised $30,000 for the YWCA’s programs, and were thrilled to celebrate with an interview with Dolores Huerta as part of our Dash & Bash Online Closing Ceremony. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

Monday was Indigenous People's Day, a good reminder to recognize the people who were on this land before us, and whose resilience continues. In the words of the local organization Right Relationship Boulder:

We want to acknowledge that the land where we live today is the territory of the Hinóno'éí (Arapaho) people. We honor Chief Left Hand (Niwot or Nawath), leader of the last Hinóno'éí band to spend their winters in the Boulder Valley. Many Hinóno'éí people were massacred by the US Cavalry at Sand Creek, Colorado, in 1864. The survivors were forced out of Colorado to reservations in Wyoming and Oklahoma, where most Hinóno'éí live today. In our daily lives, let us remember that the Boulder Valley is home to the Hinóno'éí people and to many other tribes that also camped, hunted, and traded here for centuries. And that Native people of many Indigenous nations live here today.
It has been a tumultuous year and couple of weeks, and I’d also like to take a moment to remember Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her incredible legacy of fighting for women’s rights and civil rights. We’d also like to reflect on the grand jury’s decision not to charge any officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor. These events reinforce for me how important civic engagement is for our country and how important it is for everyone’s voice to be heard in this election. Let’s work to set new records for voter turnout in this election!

Sincerely,
Angelique Espinoza
Chair, YWCA Advocacy Committee
THANK YOU DASH & BASHERS!
On behalf of our Board, staff and the clients we serve, THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our first ever VIRTUAL Dash & Bash!

You helped us raise $30,000 for the YWCA's affordable child care and racial justice programs. This is simply amazing and we are so grateful!

Because of your support, families can access high-quality, affordable and safe child care during this difficult time. Latina high school students will come together for mentorship and support to help them achieve their goals and navigate the post-secondary education application process with our LAS program. Elementary students and adults will begin, and continue, their anti-racism journeys through our Reading to End Racism and Being an Antiracist trainings. And youth of color will start learning about STEM careers and building those skills early. This is what the Dash & Bash is all about, and the YWCA's mission to eliminate racism and empower women is YWe Dashed!

Dolores Huerta was an incredible speaker, and if you missed the Online Closing Ceremony, you can watch the recording here

Check our our Thank You video highlighting our awesome participants!

Thank you also to our wonderful event sponsors who helped make this event possible:
Get Out The Vote & Voter Resources
Voter Resources

  • Vote 411 - League of Women Voters (nonpartisan) information website and app: Get personalized voting information, register to vote, find out what’s on your specific ballot, discover upcoming debates and forums, and more! https://www.vote411.org/



YWCA Boulder County Positions:

Amendment 76 — Citizenship Qualification of Voters
OPPOSE
This measure intends to suppress votes, including denying voter registration for 17-year-olds, and to inflame anti-immigration sentiment.

Proposition 115 — Prohibit Abortions After 22 Weeks
OPPOSE
No exceptions for health of mother, rape or incest. Undermines women’s economic empowerment and sovereignty of own bodies.

Proposition 118 — Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program
SUPPORT
Promotes women’s economic empowerment, as women are often the primary caretakers.

Be sure to vote your entire ballot! Local contests and issues are critical.

As a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, YWCA Boulder County is non-partisan and takes positions on issues, not candidates.
Make your Voting Plan Today
Colorado Election Information
 
  • October 9 - Counties will begin mailing ballots. View your sample ballot.
  • October 26 - To receive a ballot in the mail, October 26 is the deadline to register to vote or update your registration and still receive a ballot in the mail.
  • November 3 - Election Day. In Colorado, you can register to vote and vote in-person up to 7 PM on Election Day.
 
Ballot Track is a free service for Boulder County voters that can send you notification by text message, phone call, or email when your ballot has been sent and received by our Elections Division.
RER Parent Training: Talking to Kids about Racism
How do we raise our 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?

To be effective, researchers have found, conversations about race must be explicit, in unmistakable terms that children understand.

Join the YWCA for a special introductory program discussing parenting with a racial justice lens. We will explore the following areas that provide a foundation to start talking with your children about race:
  1. Examine your own beliefs and prejudices.
  2. Acknowledge privilege.
  3. Recognize stereotypes.
  4. Commit to talking with children about racial prejudice.
  5. Look for teachable moments in everyday life

Register today as there are limited spots for this opportunity! Register for one of two virtual zoom sessions:

Tuesday, October 27


The YWCA’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. The YWCA has been actively engaged in the BVSD schools for two decades now with their Reading to End Racism program to promote racial justice by reading aloud and having conversations to help eliminate racism and discrimination. The goal is to empower every student to promote peaceful relationships and support a nurturing environment in which every student can thrive.
Persimmon Early Learning
Now Enrolling for the 2020 - 2021 School Year
Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children's Alley) is Now Enrolling for Permanent Childcare 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 Easting, 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, Oct. 28 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

For additional questions, please email Kate Hise at: khise@ywcaboulder.org.
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YWCA Week Without Violence: October 18 - 24
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the YWCA's Week Without Violence, Oct. 18 - 24, is part of a global movement of YWCAs across the country and around the world to end violence against women and girls. It's a sad fact that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally, and that some victims go unrecognized altogether. For over 20 years, the YWCA has set aside one week every October as a Week Without Violence. For more info, please visit YWCA USA's Week Without Violence resource page: https://ywcaweekwithoutviolence.org/

Monday, October 19th, 1:30 PM MST / 3:30 PM EST
Womxn experience domestic violence, gender-based violence, and intimate partner violence irrespective of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, and sex. While no two cases of abuse are the same, we know that abusers exert power over their partners to achieve and maintain power and control over an intimate partner, such as physical violence, emotional abuse, isolation of the victim, financial and economic abuse, intimidation, coercion, and threats. For survivors who identify as women of color, obstacles in leaving an abusive relationship are often heightened due to existing cultural and institutional barriers, making them less likely to seek help and resources to free themselves from their abusers.

Join us for this virtual panel in which we will engage leaders of partner organizations who are working to eliminate violence against ALL womxn and their communities in a discussion that will provide facts and stats, debunk myths, and provide resources to help survivors thrive.

Local Boulder County Info
For some in our community, staying home is also not safe. The uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic combined with social isolation, reduced access to employment and food, and in some cases lack of child care, is difficult for many families and individuals to endure. Please reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors by phone or video, and help ensure they feel supported. Anyone witnessing a child or at-risk adult in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately. The Boulder County Abuse and Neglect Hotline is available 24 hours a day, every day, at 303-441-1309.

Here are some tips from SPAN: Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence: 

If a friend or a neighbor is in trouble, what can you do?
• Help them plan where they (and the children), could go in an emergency or if they decide to leave.
• Agree on a code word or signal they can use to let you know they need help.
• Help them prepare an excuse so they can leave quickly if they feel threatened.
• Find out about how the police can protect them, and if calling the police is an option.
• Help them prepare an "escape bag" and hide it in a safe place. If they leave, they will need money, keys, clothes, bank cards, driver's license, social security documents, property deeds, medication, birth certificates, passport and any other important documents.
• Think if it is safe to help interrupt an episode of violence, create a code so you can knock on the door.
• If they decide to stay they may need to think about other ways to protect themselves and the children from further violence.

***Be careful. Don't place yourself in a position where the person who is being abusive could harm or manipulate you. Don't try to intervene directly if you witness a person being assaulted - call the police instead.***

24-Hour Crisis Line: 303-444-2424
hotline@safehousealliance.org

Domestic Violence Resources:
Dancing with Boulder Stars Update -
Postponed until June 2021
Due to the many challenges we are all experiencing with the pandemic, we have decided to postpone our annual Dancing with Boulder Stars event until June 2021. We are hopeful that by then we will be able to better recruit a full slate of dancers and possibly be able to host the event in person with social distancing measures in place. We'll look forward to seeing everyone for our favorite dance competition next spring!
Premier Mortgage Group - Thank you!
Premier Mortgage Group donated $3,000 to YWCA as part of their Community Giving Program. For each person who refinances or takes out a new mortgage and mentions the YWCA, Premier Mortgage Group donates $500 to us.

Thank you to Premier Mortgage Group and our six wonderful supporters who participated in this program!
Meet the Staff: Lisa Gills
What’s your title?
Grants Manager

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
May 2019

What do you do at the YWCA?
As Grants Manager, I persuasively tell potential funders about the impact of the YWCA programs and presence in the Boulder County community to raise revenue for the organization. I also research potential funders and handle the grant reports.

What’s your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County?
My favorite thing about working at the YWCA is working with a great group of women who are passionate about the work they are doing.

What’s something people may not know about you?
People may not know I was born in Washington, DC, and have a wonderful son plus two dogs and a cat.
Thank you Lily's Sweets, 2020 Dash & Bash Sponsor
Thank you, Lily's Sweets, for your incredible support as a Dash & Bash Sponsor!

As a Corporate Sponsor and Corporate Dash & Bash Team, you help fuel our work to eliminate racism and empower women.

Upcoming Events
YWCA Boulder County Events

  • YWCA Week Without Violence - Oct. 18 - 24, 2020

  • NCWIT's Award for Aspiration in Computing - Applications are open now and due Oct. 15!
  • The Aspirations in Computing (AiC) program from the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) provides recognition and long-term encouragement for womxn in technology. The AiC awards offer three distinct awards for
  • (1) students in grades 9-12 who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary through the Award for AiC;
  • (2) the informal and formal educators who support high school womxn in tech through the AiC Educator Award;
  • (3) and undergraduate and graduate students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary through the NCWIT Collegiate Award. 
  • Recipients are recognized for their interests, achievements, and influential guidance in tech and gain access to a supportive community of nearly 20,000 technical womxn along with other exclusive opportunities.  

  • BMOCA exhibit Notes to Self by Christina Battle
  • Battle’s practice looks at the role of the micro-gesture in order to consider how small, intimate actions might collectively foster change on a societal level. In light of the US 2020 centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment, as well as the 2020 presidential election, this exhibition questions why and how our contemporary framing of elections manifest in a sense of political disengagement. Once we cast our votes, our consideration of how personal responsibility affects the greater collective often ends. Instead, Battle explores what political responsibility means by expanding our awareness of the micro-gesture.
  • On exhibition at BMoCA in Present Box from October 8 - October 25, 2020. Masks are required at the museum. Social distancing and capacity restrictions will be observed.

Community Events

Did you know?
YWCA History

Did you know that in 1995 the YWCA created its Week Without Violence initiative, an awareness campaign aimed at uniting people against violence in communities? For more than 20 years, the YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence. This year, Week Without Violence will be taking place from October 18-24.
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Check our Employment Opportunities page for more information:
 
  • Early Childhood Education Teachers

Thank you Program Funders
Thank you City of Boulder Housing and Human Services Department for your grant funding for Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children's Alley)!
Thank you City of Boulder Youth Opportunities Program for your grant funding of Latina Achievement Support (LAS).
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