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Be our hero during the Extra Give

The hero Showcase: YWCA Lancaster’s ExtraGive Event YWCA Lancaster will host a unique, artistic event during this year’s ExtraGive. Over the past year, the organization has brought to life the hero campaign, a movement that focuses on giving names and faces to the heroes of the Lancaster community through storytelling. At this year’s ExtraGive, YWCA […]

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How YWCA TechGYRLS makes a difference

Got this information from State Rep Mike Sturla’s Facebook page: “Afterschool STEM Programs According to PSAYDN survey of more than 1,600 fifth grade students who participated in after school STEM programs, 79% improved in overall academic performance, 62% improved their behavior in the classroom, 91% had better attendance records, and 93% had satisfactory or above […]

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You Are Not Alone

As a part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, YWCA Lancaster is putting together a number of videos with the empowering message of “You‘re Not Alone.” Victim survivors of sexual abuse often feel alone and isolated. Sexual abuse is an epidemic; the viral response #MeToo highlights the prevalence of this crime and how many people have experienced […]

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Nevertheless, she persisted

International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8, with events taking place around the globe. We were heartened to see both the celebration of women and the acknowledgement of issues they face in their everyday lives. But, at the same time, we know that it can’t be just about one day. We wonder how many […]

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Tea Party: Spring Garden

You’re  invited to tea on Wednesday, May 16, at our home on 110 North Lime Street in downtown Lancaster. Enjoy an elegant, traditional tea, then tour our historic home, which has has housed YWCA Lancaster since 1918. This architecturally significant building was designed by C. Emlen Urban, a noted Lancaster-area architect. We’ll also tell you a bit […]

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YWCA of Lancaster Included On New Historical Self-Guided Tour

On March 9, 1950 Bayard Rustin, leading strategist of the Civil Rights Movement 1955-1968 and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at YWCA Lancaster, delivering speeches for young people and adults on non-violent protest, social inclusiveness and the dangers of nuclear proliferation. Because of this historic moment, YWCA of Lancaster is the 21st […]

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Empowering Women

YWCA Lancaster is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. When former President Jimmy Carter spoke out earlier this week on human rights, especially where they concern women, we found his words to be both bold and powerful. Several quotes stuck out to us that we would like to […]

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How to be an Ally

Growing up as an abled, cisgendered Latina/Hispanic, it took time for me to understand structural violence towards marginalized groups.  However, as an ally, I have been able to learn about the way normative notions in our culture affect our identity and the identity of those around us. Becoming an ally is the first step towards […]

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YWCA Lancaster Honors Community Leaders at Annual Meeting

Lancaster, PA – YWCA Lancaster hosted its Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 5 to celebrate the inspirational work of our volunteers and community leaders who help to make the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empower women a reality here in Lancaster.   YWCA Lancaster was happy to honor Carol Rae Culliton as the Citizen […]

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Talking About the Root of Discrimination

Last month the internet was flooded with video footage of deputy Ben Fields slamming an African American student to the ground at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina. It began when the teacher could not get the student to put her phone away. When he couldn’t get her to follow instructions, the school’s resource […]

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