Congratulations Debbie Thurmond, PhD., as the new Director of the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute
Earlier this year at our 2020 Gala, Dr. Debbie Thurmond was honored as our Health Advocate of the Year. The YWCA would like to congratulate Debbie Thurmond, Ph.D., as the new Director of the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute.

Dr. Thurmond joined the Institute in 2015 as the founding chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology and became deputy director of the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute last year. As Director, she will lead the institute’s work and focus across the full spectrum of basic to translational research in the are of diabetes and its serious complications. Considering their unique expertise across two such serious threats to human health, Dr. Thurmond will grow their research presence focused on the intersection of diabetes and cancer.

Dr. Thurmond and her team’s research efforts so far have included identifying cellular and molecular mechanisms in diabetes development and finding therapies to stop or reverse the disease’s progression. One project focuses on boosting the body’s ability to create and preserve insulin-producing beta cells to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, as well as to boost muscle insulin responsiveness to combat prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
In fall 2018, she and her lab team were highlighted in an issue of the journal Diabetes for their discovery and identification of a new potential target that can keep the immune system stable and islet beta cells healthy. She was also awarded the prestigious John K. and Mary E. Davidson Lectureship and Award in Physiology from University of Toronto in 2018, becoming the first woman to receive the honor.
Dr. Thurmond is one of 21 accomplished female leaders, representing health organizations from across the U.S., to be awarded the Carol Emmott Fellowship in 2020. This fellowship expands the leadership capacity of women, who are already influential in their fields, so that they may increase their ability to make an impact and ultimately contribute to improving gender equity in health leadership through their own career advancement.
Please us in congratulating Dr. Thurmond on this well-deserved appointment.
Election 2020 - Only 12 Days to Go!
We only have 12 more days 'til Election Day! YWCAs around the country have been hard at work engaging and mobilizing voters. Thank you for all you are doing to lift women’s voices and get voters to the polls - keep it up! NOW is the time to raise up our collective voice on social media! Here’s how you can get involved:
  1. Follow @YWCAUSA on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram and be sure to like, comment, share, and retweet our posts.
  2. Register for YWomenVote 2020 Virtual Town Halls -- and share with your networks! We’ll focus on childcare with the North Carolina YWCAs on Monday, October 26 at noon ET, and racism as a public health crisis with the Ohio YWCAs on Tuesday, October 27 at noon ET.
  3. Join these YWCA Town Halls:

  • Town Hall will highlight racial justice, especially racism as a public health crisis, using the We Still Deserve Safety report
Thursday 10/29 - Latina Equal Pay Day
  • Women need an economic reset and equal pay.
Wrapping Up Week Without Violence 2020: October 18-24 #WWV20
This year's Week Without Violence kicked off with a special Organize Your Butterflies podcast miniseries, a virtual panel teaming up with partner organizations dedicated to ending violence against ALL womxn, and an incredible Capitol Hill Briefing where we led Members of Congress through a virtual tour of facilities offering trauma-informed services for survivors of violence and abuse.
Tomorrow, join us for #SelfCareSaturday, we will reveal a few resources to engage in healing and self-care as a provider, advocate, activist, or survivor as an integral part of your own mental and physical well-being to help make you an even more powerful advocate for your causes and clients.

Visit our Week of Action page for more information.
Youth Employment Services
Virtually Open for Services
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YES is designed to foster pride, dignity and self-worth with at-risk youth and newly displaced workers through our employment services. YES participants develop job seeking skills including resume building, interview skills, computer literacy skills, on-line employment searches, job placement plus learn about careers and financial management. Services are provided by phone and virtual conferencing.  

How does YES work?

  • Employers can contact YES by phone or email. 
  • We work with over 300 employers to find the perfect job that fits the individuals' age and interest.
  • We have a bulletin board that is updated with new opportunities in retail, food services, hotels, cities, small businesses, medical offices, local household, and much more.
  • Together we will select a list of your top job choices,
  • In person appointments and workshops will be resumed and conducted in compliance with Orange County, State and federal COVID-19 laws and regulations. 

For more information about the YWCA-OC's YES Program contact us by email and you will be contacted by our YES Interns Berenice Garcia, Sayra Hernandez, Jenna Oelke, or Jeraldine Vaca.
YWConnect: 2020 Election Analysis
On Thursday, November 5, from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET, YWCA USA will host YWConnect: 2020 Election Analysis. We invite you to join us as we review the state of affairs post-election, outline our priorities following the election, and provide local associations with information, resources, and updates on how YWCA USA will continue to support associations during this year of tremendous and seismic changes.  

We are one YWCA. We stand as one, we work as one, and we will continue to raise our voice as one to demand racial and gender equity for the communities we serve regardless of who holds power.  

Organize Your Butterflies: WWV Mini-Series
#StopStreetHarassment with Sophie Sandberg, Founder of CatCalls of NYC

Catcalls of NYC is a grassroots initiative that uses public chalk art to raise awareness about gender-based street harassment. In this episode, host Alejandra Y. Castillo chats with founder of the movement, Sophie Sandberg, to discuss the origins of the movement, the art of chalking, feminism, and taking the conversation about harassment internationally.
The goal? To spur dialogue, provide a platform for story sharing, and promote cultural change. Follow CatCalls of NYC Instagram @catcallsofnyc to read powerful stories from brave individuals and to learn how to start a CatCalls movement in your city.

Check it out wherever you get your podcasts:
SYSC Web App Launches Today!
YWCA USA is excited to share the new #StrongYouthStrongCommunities digital experience. SYSC is a nationwide awareness campaign designed to help young people identify tools and strategies they can use to address many of the issues we face today. SYSC brings teenagers together at youth summits to learn lessons on life skills and leadership that help unlock their potential. We’re proud to be a partner in providing resources for young people.

Learn more by visiting their official website here.
October 24: National Vote Early Day
October 24: #SelfCareSaturday
October 29: Latina Equal Pay Day
November 5: YWConnect: 2020 Election Analysis


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