Monday, March 28, 2022
Honoring the work of Dr. Nadine Naber
March is Women's History Month
During the month of March we’re highlighting amazing YWomen like Dr. Nadine Naber.

Dr. Naber is an award winning author, activist, and professor on the topics of Arab and Muslim feminisms and international human rights.

Upon seeing the impact of racist violence against Arab communities, she began working to build community connections for Arab women and create resources for refugees.

"What I learned over the years is really a stance that I repeat over and over, that war is a feminist issue."

Dr. Naber is one of our YWomen honorees this Spring. Please join us in honoring her incredible work!
Watch the latest YWomen Film!
Each year for YWomen, YWCA Evanston/North Shore recognizes and celebrates women leaders in our community for their commitment to women’s advancement and racial justice. The films about their lives by filmmaker Susan Hope Engel lifts us up and inspires us to do just a little bit more in our own lives. Click the video below to learn more about our amazing Spring YWomen honorees, Marjorie Craig Benton and Dr. Nadine Naber!
YWCA Shop For Good and Crowded Closet
Join us this Thursday to Honor Amazing Women
A Celebration of Women's Leadership!
On Thursday, March 31st at 5pm at both Shop For Good and Crowded Closet, we will be screening our YWomen film that highlights our Spring honorees, Marjorie Craig Benton and Dr. Nadine Naber!

Honor the accomplishments of women and enjoy shopping and light refreshments!
Your Gift Supports Amazing Women 
Your gift to YWomen supports our domestic violence services and economic advancement programs.

Your gift helps:

  • women who need to get safe and heal from domestic violence  
  • women who are breaking cycles of poverty and violence by building knowledge, skills and independence.
  • women who are building more stable futures for themselves and their families  

YWomen honors and celebrates amazing women in our community. Your gift does too! 

We Can't Wait: Equity and Justice Now!
How do you Stand Against Racism?
Join us for the 2022 Stand Against Racism
Wednesday, April 27 at 10:30am on Oakton in Skokie
Thursday, April 28 at 10:30am on Ridge Avenue in Evanston
We are excited to host this year's Stand Against Racism in person! We encourage everyone to register for the stand to stay updated on events and resources that help create racial justice and fight white supremacy.

As we reflect on what it means to be anti-racist, we want to hear from you! Record a short clip on your computer or phone and tell us how you stand against racism in your workplace, family, or community. These recordings will be used to share actionable steps everyone can take to build a more equitable society.
Don't miss our Stand Against Racism Keynote Speaker, Loretta J. Ross, on Thursday, April 28 from 12-1:30pm. Ross is an intellectual, professor, and activist who advocates calling in as an effective way to challenge hate. She will join us to talk about calling in allies and fighting white supremacy.

This event is free and virtual! Register here.
Partner Spotlight
Team up to Race Against Hate!
Thank you to all of the groups that have started teams for the Race Against Hate!

North Shore Links, Inc., Will Run for Donuts, Impact Behavioral Health Partners, and Walking Weslians, are just a few of the teams that have already registered for the race.

Joining or starting a team is easy! It's a great way to get involved and help further the mission of YWCA Evanston/North Shore!
Become a Race Sponsor!
Is your business interested in becoming a sponsor for the Race Against Hate? 

Sponsors are highlighted in promotional materials and have the opportunity to have a table on the field on Race Day!

Contact Trimmy Stamell at for more information!
Registration is open for the Race Against Hate

Juneteenth, June 19, 2022
Floyd Long Field
2436 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL

The 2022 Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate is on and we can't wait to see you!

Each year, the Race Against Hate brings together thousands of people from all over Chicagoland to run and walk in unity against racial hatred and violence. After modifying the event for the past two years to accommodate safety protocols, we are thrilled to once again come together as a community on this Juneteenth.

Juneteenth weekend will be a powerful weekend for the Evanston community!

Mark your calendars - Evanston’s 3rd Annual Juneteenth Parade will be held on Saturday, June 18th.

This year, Juneteenth lands on both Father’s Day and the YWCA’s Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. The Evanston Annual Juneteenth Parade committee is extremely thankful and appreciates the flexibility of Evanston Present and Future for changing the date of the Juneteenth Parade to Saturday, June 18th, to honor Sherilyn Birdsong’s vision to pay tribute to Ricky’s legacy on Father’s Day. Evanston Present and Future will also be working with the committee on various Juneteenth advocacy initiatives.

Juneteenth, now officially Juneteenth National Independence Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people which occurred two and a half years after the emancipation proclamation and originated in Galveston, Texas. The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Evanston Present and Future’s founder Kemone Hendricks joined the fight and spearheaded local efforts four years ago to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.
Click here to learn how you can contribute to the success of Evanston’s 3rd Annual Juneteenth Parade while uplifting our Black community!
YWCA Economic Advancement Program
Advance your career with YW Culinary!
YW Culinary is a free 12-week job training program designed to prepare students for productive careers in Chicagoland’s vibrant food service industry.

Students will have the opportunity to put newly acquired skills to practice from day one. Instruction will take place every morning and hands on practice will occur every afternoon.

Learn more at our upcoming information sessions:

  • Wednesday, April 13, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM CST
  • Wednesday, May 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM CST
Advanced Financial Workshops
This series of free workshops is for people who want to take their financial knowledge to the next level.

Led by Patty Finley, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones Investments, these three workshops cover the basics of investing, budgeting, and tools for retirement.

You can sign up for individual workshops, but we encourage participants to attend all three.

Foundations of Investing - April 6, 12-1 pm CST
The Power of Budgeting - May 4, 12-1 pm CST
Four Pillars of the New Retirement - June 1, 12-1 pm CST
YWCA Equity Institute
Join us for our Racial Equity Workshops this Spring
April 14, 2-4:30 pm: Becoming an Equitable Institution
Many nonprofits are working to increase racial equity and justice in the communities they serve, but struggle with applying an equity lens to their own internal operations. Even when leadership sets inclusion as a goal, organizations may not have structures in place to sustain meaningful change. In this workshop you will explore key concepts of racial equity and inclusion, and how they intersect with your organization’s core values.

May 2, 6:30-8:30 pm: Bias and Accountability
Consciously or not, all of us carry biases toward individuals or groups. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore how bias shows up in and around us, shaping the world we live in and our interactions with one another. Participants will learn how to name what is implicit and step into accountability in order to manage bias in themselves and the places they live and work.

This program being offered as part of The Bias Inside Us, a travelling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute, that is viewable on the 3rd floor of the Evanston Public Library from April 9 to May 8, 2022.
All workshops are currently virtual and the cost per workshop is $100.

To register, please go to Community Pass. New to Community Pass? Learn about creating an account here.
Introducing our new Equity Learning Sessions
Since 2016, we've held an annual Equity Summit, bringing together community members and equity practitioners to share emerging frameworks, models, and practices with the hopes of advancing racial equity and transforming our communities.

This year, instead of a two-day convening, we are sponsoring unique learning sessions throughout the year led by community facilitators and special guests.
If you are a racial equity facilitator interested in presenting, click here to apply and learn more
If you are a person interested in growing your toolbox for transforming yourself, your community, or your institution toward equity, click here to share what you want to learn.
Look out for sessions starting in the Spring! 
Exhibition Gallery Talk: A Site of Struggle with the Equity Institute
Join us on Saturday, April 23 from 12:30-1:30 pm for a conversation with YWCA Equity Institute's Tiffany McDowell and LeAnn Jenkins to explore and discuss the questions and ideas raised in A Site of Struggle, on view now at Northwestern's Block Museum of Art until July 10, 2022.

Current job opportunities at YWCA Evanston/North Shore
We have a number of job opportunities available! Learn more by clicking the links below:

YWCA Evanston/North Shore is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Our Domestic Violence Services are available free of charge to anyone who needs them.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868 anytime, day or night.

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