YWOMENVOTE 2020 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL: A CONVERSATION WITH AMERICA’S WOMEN 
Did you know? Six in 10 Latinas are very worried about having affordable and secure health insurance, according to YWCA USA’s YwomenVote 2020 survey.

As our nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts on women, raising our voices is even more important. Join YWCA USA and YWCA South Florida’s YwomenVote 2020 webinar on Tuesday, October 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our “Conversation with America’s Women” will feature national speakers and community leaders in South Florida and explore why women will vote in the 2020 election and why their policy priorities should be on the agenda of everyone on the ballot.
 
We are currently seeking suggestions for questions to ask our panelists. If you’re interested in submitting a question, send us a short video of yourself asking your question to aramcharran@ywcasouthflorida.com by Sunday, October 4. Be sure to record the video on your cell phone, keep your question(s) short, nonpartisan, and avoid wearing clothes that have visible branding or campaign messaging. We will be selecting several videos to play during the event.

You may register now for the webinar here. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, click here to be included in marketing materials.

We hope to see you there!
Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq.
CEO
YWCA USA
Tina Tchen
President & CEO
TIME'S UP NOW
Fatima Voss Graves
President & CEO
National Women's Law Center
Cecile Scoon
First Vice President
League of Women Voters of Florida
HAVE YOU BEEN COUNTED?
2020 CENSUS IS SEPTEMBER 30
There are only a few days left to get counted in the 2020 Census! Respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or mail by the deadline on Wednesday, September 30th. Help ensure our community gets its fair share in federal funding for healthcare programs, education, transportation, and more.
 
Join YWCA’s Census campaign on social media with the hashtag #YWeCount and make sure your family, friends, and neighbors get counted too!

GET TO KNOW MARTA LAOS
YWCA’S DIVISION DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we sat down with YWCA’s Division Director of Education, Marta Laos. A Puerto Rican native, Marta oversees YWCA’s education programs including Head Start and Early Head Start, School Readiness and VPK programs and manages the Court Care and KidSpace programs.

Read on to learn more about her work at the organization and how she’s helping the Hispanic community in South Florida.
How does your role help serve Hispanic families and children in the South Florida community?

As a Hispanic woman who moved to the states 21 years ago, I empathize and understand what many immigrant families and children go through to assimilate and adapt to a new country. At YWCA, I ensure our Hispanic staff speak the language, our classrooms represent the diversity and culture of the families we serve, and use our social media channels to discuss important topics such as the 2020 Census and self-care during the pandemic for our Hispanic audience.
Are there any special activities or projects planned for the children at YWCA’s education programs focused on Hispanic Heritage Month?

I am coordinating a virtual Hispanic Heritage luncheon for our YWCA Staff where we enjoy Hispanic food, music, and learn about the influence of Hispanics in the American culture and in Miami. In the education programs, our children will enjoy Hispanic music, create Hispanic flags and hats, and read stories in Spanish like ¡Azucar! By Ivar Da Coll, I love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada, and more.

What are some issues/challenges the Hispanic community faces in South Florida, and how is YWCA South Florida helping?

Housing, access to healthcare and high-quality early childhood education and language barrier are a few of the issues Hispanics face in South Florida. As a social justice organization, we ensure all Hispanics are given fair opportunities and have access to resources needed to thrive.
SAVE THE DATE
September 29: Weekly IG Live Tuesdays with YWCA South Florida

Join us tomorrow on our IG live on @YWCAsouthfl at 11 a.m. as our CEO, Kerry-Ann Royes and special guest Hon. Dr. James Bush III, representative for District 109 of the Florida House of Representatives. You can be a part of the conversation as they discuss the importance of registering to vote and voting this election season. 
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