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YWonderful Kids Receives Statewide Gold Level Equity Award

We’re thrilled to announce that our YWonderful Kids program has been awarded a Gold level 2022 PA Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Award from Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children and The PD Registry! We’re honored by this recognition, and will continue to work hard to provide affordable, equitable, and quality education opportunities to the next […]

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Opinion: A Call for Women in Leadership

The following is an opinion piece originally published in One United Lancaster on 3/25/22. Read it on One United Lancaster March is Women’s History Month, a month that contains important intersectional representation: International Women’s Day on March 8, Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31, as well as sharing this time with Disability Awareness Month. […]

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Comcast Newsmakers: Creating the county’s first racial equity profile

This month we were honored to be part of Comcast Newsmaker’s latest feature! Jasmyne King, Director of our Center for Racial and Gender Equity spoke with Sheila Hyland about our collaborative work with local organizations across sectors to launch Lancaster County’s first Racial Equity Profile. We’re proud to join with national experts in PolicyLink, as […]

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Access to legal abortion is a fundamental right (Local Voices)

The following is an opinion piece first appearing in LNP 2/3/22 read on LNP I don’t really enjoy talking about abortion, because it’s private. Or it should be. And still, as we recently passed the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — a critical Supreme Court decision for safe, legal abortion access in the United […]

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Black History Month events

February is Black History Month and YWCA Lancaster is planning a curated offering of events to engage community members in the past, present, and future of Black History in Lancaster. February is Black History Month, yet the work of celebrating Black history, local and national, is work the YWCA Lancaster strives for year-round. We are […]

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MLK Day Reflections: Learning from Setbacks

The following is an opinion piece featured originally on One United Lancaster. read on One United Lancaster In thinking about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we appropriately lean towards celebrating his victories. Selma, Birmingham, invoking “the Dream” – all are compelling, inspiring, and proof that sustained action can create meaningful change. We should […]

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Welcome to our new Board Members!

YWCA Lancaster welcomes seven new members to the Board of Directors with three-year terms.  These community leaders will help the mission of the YWCA Lancaster to eliminate racism and empower women.   The elected members are an impressive group of women, selected among dozens of community business and civic leaders referred for the openings this year.  These individuals will join the […]

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

While a global pandemic touched everyone in the community, our YWCA Lancaster board, staff, and volunteers continued to learn, unlearn, and envision what eliminating racism and empowering women looks like through art, books, and pop-culture. Here are some things we especially appreciated in 2021, and what we’re looking forward to in 2022 as we continue […]

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‘THIS IS SO CENTRAL TO WHO I AM’: Q&A WITH YWCA LANCASTER CEO, STACIE BLAKE

Stacie Blake became CEO of YWCA Lancaster in September 2019, just half a year before Pennsylvania went under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The YWCA’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Last fall, responding to Black Lives Matter protests and calls for social justice here and worldwide over the death of George Floyd and […]

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Equity, Extraordinary Give and YWCA Lancaster

Equity is our middle name.  With a mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, we understand the intersections of identities and discrimination and know that equity is our path to enabling everyone in our community to thrive. Equity is not equality.  Equality of opportunity only works when everyone starts in the same place.  But we […]

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