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“Growing with us”: Supporting Victim Survivors in Partnership with Penn State

As Lancaster County’s Rape Crisis Center, YWCA Lancaster’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center is proud to hold partnerships with all of the major hospitals in the County. There, our medical advocates work with healthcare professionals and SANEs (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) to offer support and resources to victim survivors of sexual assault during their […]

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2024 Black Artist Waystation Announcement!

Black Artist Waystation 2024: Elevating Creative Careers in Lancaster YWCA Lancaster is proud to announce its 2024 Black Artist Waystation awardees, joining a community-run collective of artists celebrating and uplifting the Black experience. The Black Artist Waystation is a groundbreaking initiative designed to propel artists in Lancaster to new heights in their professional and artistic […]

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Reflecting on Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2024

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) comes to a close, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the impact we’ve made together in raising awareness and supporting survivors. At YWCA Lancaster, our commitment to ending sexual violence and creating a safer community for all is unwavering. Here’s a recap of the key moments […]

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Empowering Change: YWCA CEOs Forge Partnerships at Pennsylvania State Capitol

April marked a pivotal month as four esteemed YWCA CEOs journeyed to the Capitol in Harrisburg, united by a shared vision of empowerment and social justice. Leading the path of PA YWs were CEOs Angela Reynolds of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Kim Bracey of YWCA York, Stacie Blake of YWCA Lancaster, and Stacey Woodland of YWCA Tri-County […]

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Victories in our movement for a just future

Our movement for a just future where we eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all takes many forms: it could be participating in a rally for a cause you believe in, making a public comment at a local school board meeting, or even sharing ideas and insights with your […]

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All who enter are equal (and believed)

Everyone has the right to enjoy themselves without fear when they are out with friends, coworkers, or alone on the town. That’s why our Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center is committed to partnering with as many local businesses as possible to make sure Lancaster’s go-to spots for night life is safe, affirming, and proactive […]

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REVEAL: The 2024 Race Against Racism shirt!

We’re thrilled to release the 2024 Race Against Racism shirt, adding another chapter to one of the County’s most collected shirt series, and the first featuring an updated look selected by our community and designed by Amanda Choong, a rising star from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design! Check out the official release video here: […]

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In response to Resolution 33

YWCA Lancaster is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The Lancaster County Commissioners’ passage of Resolution 33 declaring Lancaster County a “non-sanctuary county”, as well as continuing to demonize our institutions and LGBTQ+ community for providing family-friendly programming, puts this mission at risk. More importantly, it […]

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Vote for your favorite RAR ’24 logo!

For more than a quarter century, our community has come together to unite against hate and build our shared movement toward eliminating racism and empowering women. As the longest consecutively run and largest race against racism in the nation, YWCA Lancaster’s Race Against Racism, embodies the spirit of solidarity and the fight for racial justice. […]

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All About Me: a unit about self-love and expression

  At YWCA Lancaster’s YWonderful Kids Child Enrichment Program, we strive to not only provide quality, affordable childcare for our community, but to prepare the next generation to lead, grow, and thrive! Unfortunately, as data like our Racial Equity Profile of Lancaster County show us, representation of teachers and authority figures for children of color […]

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