Volume 01 | June 2021
This is a special issue of YWe Lead because we are celebrating the 26th Annual Circle of Women with our #FueltheFuture theme all month long (ok, until the Independence Day holiday!). We’re delighted that many of you joined us on June 9th for our virtual event – and we will share opportunities for you to view the highlights through our e-newsletters, social media posts and email updates.  

Of course, whether in-person or virtual, Circle of Women has never been about an event but instead – it has been about the collective power of philanthropy and generosity focused by and for women. It has never been about funding a specific activity or program but has always been about a full mission focus.  That’s one of the reasons our #FueltheFuture theme resonates.  We are building tomorrow, an equitable and inclusive tomorrow – together.  Join us!
President & CEO
Your monthly news & updates
Special Info & Event News

Circle of Women: Fuel the Future –
26 Years of Collective Impact!

Thank you to all of our Event Captains, supporters and Sponsors. The collective power of sponsorships and individual generosity is the exact impact it takes to #FueltheFuture.
Together, we saw first hand the collective impact of dollars and the services they support, as we heard from Serica May, Adult Education Graduate and Work Experience program participants Evelina Garcia, Ciera Spearman & Lori Hynes.
YWCA SEW's Official Anthem by B~Free
In our event guests' own words, this is how our supporters #FuelTheFuture

Fuel the Future campaign is active during the entire month of June so there is plenty of time to have an impact and invite your friends to join you in THE CIRCLE.
Organization News
Education & Training 

Adult Ed Continues to Fuel the Future!

  • During the pandemic, we did not miss one day of instruction.  Classes pivoted from in-person to virtual.
  • Our June 2020 to May 2021 High School Equivalency Diploma graduation rate was 87%!
  • HSED curriculum refinement continues…we are currently collaborating with UWM’s School of Nursing on new health class modules.  We expect to roll this new curriculum out in the fall, so watch upcoming newsletters for more details.
  • Digital skilling is incorporated into the entire Adult Ed experience, and is growing.  Our focus is distinctive because it incorporates classroom skills, job readiness skills, and life skills – like banking and helping children with school work.  That’s how you #FueltheFuture!

Congratulations to our 2021 Graduates!
Stakeholder Highlights and Collective Impact
Allstate Foundation – Hats off to a generous supporter!

For many years, Allstate Foundation has prioritized financial education as an important recovery tool for those building a new life after experiencing domestic violence. Allstate Foundation has loyally supported our Personal Financial Management program, which serves women directly at YWCA Southeast Wisconsin and the broader community through our collaborations.
 Having many options to access this type of education and training is key, because many experiencing domestic violence do not use that language and seek help in a variety of places.  Of course, when COVID-19 arrived, we had to adapt our delivery of services; Allstate Foundation stood with us. 
Their simple message: there’s a pandemic going on – do your good work!  

Thank you Allstate Foundation. Learn more Here
HSA Bank includes YWCA SEW in its Collective Impact 

One of the nation’s largest providers of HSAs, FSAs and HRAs, as well as Commuter Benefits, HSA Bank has roots in community banking – so it invests in the communities it serves.  That includes Southeast Wisconsin.  We are grateful to be part of their collective impact as they mark Juneteenth Day with grants to the Equal Justice Initiative, RE-Center Race & Equity in Education and YWCA Southeast Wisconsin. 
Learn more Here or Visit their Facebook Page Here

YWCA USA Virtual Hill Day

On June 17th, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin partnered with YWCA Madison for YWCA USA’s Virtual Capitol Hill Day. We met with Senator Johnson and Senator Baldwin’s office to share how YWs have continued to provide vital programming and services during and after the surge of COVID-19 pandemic. We asked that our Senators support a federal declaration of Racism as a Public Health Crisis, noting that the City of Milwaukee, Madison, Dane County and Milwaukee County have all made declarations at the local level. 

Nationwide, Virtual Capital Hill Day engaged nearly 1,000 YWCA Leaders, Members of Congress and their staff, community stakeholders and activists.  This included meeting with 147 Members of Congress or their staff to urge co-sponsorship and passage of S. Res 172/H. Res 344 – a resolution declaring racism and public health crisis.  We will continue to work with YWCA USA to mobilize advocates on critical legislative issues deeply affecting communities of color.  If you want to help us build this work, reach out to us at communication@ywcasew.org
Collective Impact

June 23 and 24, YWCA USA will host its racial justice summit, “In Solidarity We Build.”  Why is this worth your time?  YWCA is uniquely poised to address real and plentiful obstacles faced by women and girls, especially those of color.  Through this summit, YWCA does the work to move from reckoning to resolution around racism and systemic change  The summit includes panel discussions, fireside chats, and breakout sessions.  Build your network and join us.  Find out more here.
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.