Volume 01 | May 2021
Each month we share a little “inside baseball” – important updates about our work and collaborations throughout Southeast Wisconsin. We are now well into 2021, adjusting to the events and consequences of 2020 but with our eye – and our efforts – firmly focused on building a thriving, inclusive, and just region defined by racial and gender equity as the foundation for healthy communities.

Our commitment to eliminating racism and empowering women is not born of current events. Our commitment - to promoting, peace, justice, freedom and dignity for ALL - is not new and will not waiver; it has been our reason for being for more than 160 years because it is rooted in this undeniable truth – human decency requires our success. We hope you’ll stand with us.
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Education & Training 

Stand Against Racism 2021 – Racism as a Public Health Crisis Panels Reach Thousands

April 22nd and 23rd, YWCA SEW participated in YWCA USA’s 15th annual Stand Against Racism. This year through virtual tools, we reached thousands. Over 325 people registered directly for the online panels, one of which focused on Racine and the other Milwaukee; and there were 2,600 views via Livestream. Hosting panels with 14 speakers – 12 BIPOC and 9 women – lively, thoughtful discussion was possible because of YWCA SEW’s community collaborations with Alliance for Strong Families & Communities, Children’s Wisconsin, City of Milwaukee Health Department, Froedtert & the Medical College, Hmong Women’s Association, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Office of African American Affairs, National Black Nurses Association – Racine Chapter, Shalom Center, Voces de la Frontera and YMCA of Greater Milwaukee.

Check out the robust media attention for this event!

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Economic Empowerment & Workforce Preparation Begin with Education
YWCA SEW’s year-round adult education program provides an opportunity to secure a HS credential through GED or HSED – virtually (and in-person when community health allows). The GED program offers a mix of open lab, one-on-one tutoring, and classroom-style instruction preparing students for GED testing. Our Wisconsin community-based HSED Program is based on schoolwork rather than testing. This program provides interactive classroom style instruction 12 hours per week for 15-20 weeks.

We focus on workforce preparation and use real-life applications, making the coursework truly relevant for adult learners. The HSED and National Career Readiness Certification can be earned in 20 weeks through this program. We also offer a hybrid HSED program combining GED testing with HSED curriculum for a customized educational plan. Sign up for an information session today.
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Collective Impact

MKE Civic Response Team – YWCA SEW is a Proud Community Partner
Coordinated by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the MKE Civic Response Team is a cooperative collection of community organizations committed to work together to strategically respond to the fallout from COVID-19, coordinating efforts to change systems in Milwaukee for the better. YWCA SEW participates in several of the Team’s Workgroups that focus on intersecting community priorities. One of them, the Economic Recovery Workgroup, has identified a key first strategy to build recovery: 

Mitigate financial instability in Milwaukee’s Black and Latino/a communities (therefore the City as a whole) by supporting families’ immediate needs while at the same time focusing resources on solutions for long-term economic recovery.

  • Initial recommendations
  • Fund foreclosure prevention and mortgage assistance programs, including preservation counselors to assist in identifying and accessing supports and resources
  • Provide assistance for mortgages and taxes in arrears
  • Invest in Financial Navigator Programs to help residents address credit card debt, utility bills, student loans, credit scores and understand wealth-building assets
  • Support business resource providers and BIDS so they can assist small businesses access federal and State funding

To connect with the MKE Civic Response Team contact Ian Bautista at ibautista@greatermilwaukeefoundation.org
New Gift from Festival Foods Invests in Adult Ed at YWCA SEW
Committing $2,500 to YWCA SEW’s adult education program to mark the opening of its next metro-Milwaukee store, Festival foods invites all to join them on May 21st at the opening of their new West Allis store located at 11111 W Greenfield Avenue. Opening at 6:00 am, the store will provide fresh Sushi, Caribou Coffee, stir-fry, scratch bakery, meat & seafood selections and so much more. Check them out and help YWCA SEW welcome them to our community. Nina Winistorfer, Community Involvement Specialist noted, “Community Involvement is one, of five, of Festival Foods’ core values. As a company, we’re all about making a positive difference in the communities we serve, and the lives of the people in our communities. Building relationships helps us keep the people at the heart of our organization, and we look forward to joining the West Allis community!” Thank you, Festival Foods.
Zilber Family Foundation Increases Support for Personal Financial Management Program
April 29th the Zilber Family Foundation announced awards supporting 19 nonprofit organizations focusing on affordable housing, community economic development, and basic human needs. YWCA SEW is grateful to be among the recipients and appreciates the Foundation generously expanding funding for our personal financial management program, focusing on financial education and matched savings for Lindsay Heights’ residents. The program includes regular group instruction on a variety of financial topics and one-to-one budget and credit coaching, as well as financial case management.
Special Info & Event News
Join YWCA Southeast Wisconsin for a premier virtual experience. Through artistic expression and inspiring storytelling, this unforgettable evening will show how YWCA SEW continues to #FueltheFuture.

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With mission-first fundraising, stakeholders celebrate individual triumphs and promote equitable futures for all.

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The “Shecession” and Women’s Economic Empowerment
One of the first national women’s organizations to acknowledge the depth of economic burden born by women as a result of COVID-19 – especially Black and Brown women – YWCA USA collaborated with the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin to issue the report: America’s Recovery from the 2020 “Shecession,” focusing on the intersection of the lack of affordable, quality childcare, pay equity and fair workplaces. The paper provides practical recommendations for addressing childcare and the female future of work – concern for all communities if we are to build a just and inclusive future.
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.