Volume 01 | April 2021
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is pleased to share our new newsletter, YWe Lead. Here, you can expect to receive important updates about our education and training opportunities, consultation and coaching programs, ongoing advocacy and our collective, collaborative impact throughout southeast Wisconsin. As we move through 2021, we trust that you will join us virtually to engage with our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. And for updates in between e-news, join us on social media.

Take an insider's look at what’s new at YWCA Southeast Wisconsin this month!
Your monthly news & updates
Organization News
Re-Opening the Job Center

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin's Women’s Enterprise Center (WEC) located at 1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee, WI will have a phased re-opening of its Job Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4PM beginning April 5, 2021.

Interested community members will be served by appointment only due to limited capacity as a result of COVID-19 safety precautions. To make an appointment, please call 414-267-3291.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more news and updates on the re-opening of the job center.

Adult Education Graduation Soars

Since 2020 YWCA Southeast Wisconsin has not missed one day of instruction! We graduated more than 200 individuals last year and the number of graduates keeps on growing.

We currently have 24 adult learners in Racine who will celebrate their matriculation at the end of April. Milwaukee continues to enroll students until full capacity is reached with each cohort.

Learn more about our Economic Empowerment programs on our website.
Stakeholder Highlight
Thank you, Brady Corporation Foundation!

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is pleased to welcome Brady Corporation Foundation to its family of stakeholders. With its recently awarded generous $30,000 grant supporting YWCA SEW’s Adult Education program, the Foundation is investing in the future of Milwaukee-area residents who are laying the groundwork for their economic futures. Recognizing there is never a bad time to complete your HS credential, adult learners can secure their GED or HSED through our renowned community-based, applied learning curriculum. Building a base for better employment and additional education, Adult Ed students enjoy instruction in a cohort setting (currently virtual) and success support from YWCA SEW’s dedicated staff.

Noting that Brady Corporation Foundation and YWCA SEW share a commitment to a thriving community, Kate Venne, Brady Corporation Director of Communications said, “The Brady Foundation is pleased to support the work of the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin. One of our focuses for this year and beyond is to address racial equity in our communities, and the YWCA SEW's Adult Education program has demonstrated strong outcomes in this area. They truly are helping to bridge the gap to employment for communities of color.”

For more information more information on our Adult Education and other economic empowerment services, visit https://www.ywcasew.org/what-we-do/economic-empowerment/
Special Info & Event News
Wisconsin Women in Environmental Justice

On Friday, March 26th, we hosted a panel discussion entitled “Wisconsin Women in Environmental Justice” to commemorate Women’s History Month and the end of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. We learned how women have put their physical bodies on the line to protect land, organized for safer water, and how women in leadership can lead to more just environmental outcomes.

If you missed it, you can catch the discussion our the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Facebook page.

YWCA SEW Racial Justice in the News

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin's Chief Racial Justice Officer, Martha Barry, PhD and Senior Director Race and Gender Equity, Paula Phillips joined Our Issues Milwaukee host, Andrea Williams for a discussion on how YWCA Southeast Wisconsin works to integrate our focus on racism and sexism.

Stand Against Racism 2021

We are excited for the theme for our annual Stand Against Racism campaign is From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis. This year, we are partnering with the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee to host three events:

For more information on our 2021 Stand Against Racism campaign, please contact Paula Phillips, Sr. Director - Race and Gender Equity, at pphillips@ywcasew.org
SAVE THE DATE: June 9, 2021
Registration opens the afternoon of April 12, 2021.

Visit www.ywcasew.org to register!
Pictured above: Andrea Williams, Our Issues Milwaukee and Paula Phillips, Sr. Director, Race and Gender Equity, YWCA SEW
YWCA USA recently announced the appointment of Elisha Rhodes as Interim CEO. Building on her 15 years with YWCA USA, most recently serving as COO, she will lead the national network’s work in pursuit of gender equity and racial justice during the search for the next CEO.

You can learn more about Elisha’s distinctive leadership here: https://www.ywca.org/about/ceo/
Thank you for continuing to support YWCA's mission!
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Have a question about our work or want to request a speaker, please reach out at communication@ywcasew.org.