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On A Mission Newsletter |  June 2, 2020
Message from the CEO

This has been a challenging few months in our city and country. The COVID-19 virus has disrupted everyone's lives and killed over 100,000 Americans, including 23,282 New Yorkers. Throughout the country, communities of color are facing the racial disparity of the impact of the coronavirus, while also experiencing the blatant racism that permeates our society. From last week's horrendous murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, to the recent video of a white woman calling 911 to falsely accuse a black man, Christian Cooper, of threatening her life in Central Park, racism and inequality shapes so much of American life. So many of us are angry and tired.

At the YW-NYC, we stand united with our families, neighbors and the faith community in condemning these racist acts, and commit ourselves to address the needs of the families we serve who are also dealing with economic and food insecurity. Since March 13th, we have converted all of our programming to working remotely. We also made the difficult decision to postpone our  Potential to Power Girls Symposium   until Spring 2021, as well as our annual  Salute to Women Leaders  fundraising luncheon. The YW family is experiencing personal challenges; like many of you, we are grieving the loss of too many relatives, friends and colleagues due to the COVID-19 virus. We are all being traumatized by the brutality of the past week in response to the protests across the country.

Through it all, we have hope as we work together, supporting each other, and continue to celebrate the successes of the young women and children in our programs. We've created new ways of bringing our programs directly to the homes of the families we serve, and we've developed ways to keep in touch and collaborate together. I'm excited to share with you some of what the YW family has been up to. We will hold the family of George Floyd in our hearts, and continue to strive to make New York and our nation a more equitable and safe place where all children can thrive.
Please stay safe.

In solidarity,
Maureen Friar, CEO
YWCA of the City of New York
What Have We Been Doing Lately?
We've enhanced professional development and adapted our youth development programs! Our Out-of-School Time and Girls Initiatives staff continue to connect with our young people and their families to provide homework help, online learning, tutoring and enrichment activities.
We stand together, even when we are apart.
Let's Celebrate!

We're so proud of our young people! Out-of-School Time kids and Girls Initiatives participants are making moves. Special shout out to the 22 Girls Initiatives participants that are moving on to college this year!

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” —Malcolm X
This is the white YW logo that says eliminating racism and empowering women
DONATION MATCH CHALLENGE IS GOING STRONG!
Thank you to all of our supporters! Your help means that we can make a difference for the young women and children in our programs.

Please help us reach our goal of raising an additional $25,000 by June 30th to support our young people. Your gift will be matched. Every dollar counts.
For All Of Those We Have Lost
The communities we serve are suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our children have lost parents, grandparents and siblings to the virus. M embers of the YW family are grieving the loss of relatives, friends and colleagues. We miss them all dearly. We stand together. We grieve together.
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