December 23, 2017 by Ernesto Portillo Jr.
“Christmas came about a week early for about 70 immigrant Latinas.
They each received something, but not gifts — certainly not the kind you buy in a store or order online. The women worked for what was proudly handed to them: certificates of achievement.” (Click here to read more)
October 14, 2017 by Ernesto Portillo Jr.
“A haboob is coming.
Not the monstrous dust-carrying kind that fills television newscasts and social-media pages. It’s a haboob of a different kind that won’t make the evening news but instead is intended to envelop Arizona’s communities with a message of change and action.” (Click here to read more)
October 9, 2017 by Loni Nannini
“During the past decade, the Rotary Club of Tucson has raised more than $1 million for local charities through the annual Tucson Classics Car Show.” (Click here to read more)
October 1, 2017
“Tucson’s best women restaurant owners, chefs, and bartenders came out for a night of food, fashion, and fun at the YWCA 4th Annual POP! event.
YWCA held this fundraising event tonight at the Francis McClelland Community Center, and all the proceeds are going to the Women’s Center for Economic Opportunity.
The center helps train 2,000 women to get jobs, advance their careers, and become community leaders.” (Click here to read more)
September 28, 2017 on Mrs. Green’s World
The YWCA is on a mission: build a world that works for everyone. I can’t say enough about the woman leading that charge – Kelly Fryer. Given that social justice is one of the four cornerstones of environmental sustainability, Kelly and her organization are at the forefront of social change and believe that women’s rights are human rights. Kelly will share with us some of the bold, innovative and cutting-edge initiatives and programs that the “YW” have in place, including STAT – Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy Center, that will counter the extreme agenda that hurts Arizona women, families and minorities, and is literally devastating our economy AND our environment. Talk about exciting and inspirational! FYI, this show is airing the day before the BIG launch of Operation Haboob! Pique your interest? I certainly hope so!
September 27, 2017 by Deborah Lee
Deena Stewart-Hitzke, executive chair of the Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission, said the language barrier can contribute to the gap because it’s harder for these women to advocate for themselves. Alba Jaramillo, director of the Latina Leadership Institute and Women Out of Poverty in Tucson, agrees with Stewart-Hitzke and said that there is a lot of underestimation of these women. “There are barriers in being a woman of color,” Jaramillo said. “Racism and discrimination still exists.” (Click here to read more)
September 23, 2017 by Angela Pittenger
“This is the 15th year for the Running and Winning program. The event is coordinated by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and was co-sponsored this year by the Tucson and Casas Adobes branches of the American Association of University Women, the YWCA of Southern Arizona and The Center for Community Dialogue.” (Click here to read more)
September 18, 2017
“The YWCA’s mission is eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. It provides a wide range of services and programs that are helping level the playing field for women.” (Click here to read more)
September 15, 2017 by Michael Peel
“If you are looking to be inspired, to learn about best practices, you’d like to learn about opportunities to vote with your wallet or to take action on strengthening our economy and being part of the local solution, then the Arizona Living Economy Forum on Sunday, Sept. 17 is the event to attend. This special event is all about spotlighting what is working locally to ensure our communities are more equitable, diverse and prosperous. Local First is fortunate to have partnered with two of Tucson’s most action-oriented community organizations, Mrs. Green’s World and the YWCA, for this special community event. ” (Click here to read more)
September 2017 by Cynthia Lancaster
“As executive director of the YWCA’s Microbusiness Advancement Center, Marisol Flores-Aguirre supports women entrepreneurs and startup food businesses.” (Click here to read more)
August 25, 2017 by Johanna Willett
“To recognize the significance of women’s suffrage and discuss what equality and justice looks like for all women, the YWCA Southern Arizona is hosting a morning of “Courageous Conversations” with more than a dozen other local women’s organizations. Panelists will discuss topics including the Equal Rights Amendment, intersectional feminism, immigration, health and safety and women at work. Regina Romero, a Tucson city council member, is also receiving the first “Women’s Equality Day Courageous Woman Award.”” (Click here to read more)
August 18, 2017 by Anthony Perkins
“Two people taking a stand against racism in Tucson say even diverse cities can’t move on until they recognize a history of white supremacy and racial oppression.
Tucson YWCA community life director Liane Hernandez attended Sunday’s rally against racism in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. She believes one way to support a city is to understand its faults.” (Click here to read more)
July 13, 2017 by Danyelle Khmara
“YWCA’s new group continues El Tiradito tradition, works to battle domestic violence and support women in business”. (Click here to read more)
July 11th, 2017
“Forty-nine businesses and four business leaders in Southern Arizona have been selected as finalists for the Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards presented by Wells Fargo.” (Click here to read more)
June 6, 2017 by Vanessa Barchfield
“…”The YWCA of Southern Arizona is trying to change that. Marisol Flores-Aguirre runs the organization’s Microbusiness Advancement Center, which is located in the heart of South Tucson. She said the YWCA has a number of programs that support the entrepreneurship that already exists in the area.” (Click here to read more)
June 2, 2017 by Victor Mercado
“The Women’s Business Center of Southern Arizona has selected its finalists for the InnovateHER 2017 Pitch Competition, which will take place on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the YWCA Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave.” (Click here to read more)
May 26, 2017
May 20, 2017 by Gabriela Rico
“The YWCA Southern Arizona is looking ahead to its next 100 years of empowering women.
Its Second Century Fundraising Campaign aims to raise $1 million for the Women’s Impact Fund and $500,000 for the Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy Center.” (Click here to read more)
May 12, 2017 by Tobey Schmidt
“The Women’s Business Center of Southern Arizona was recently awarded the 2017 Women’s Business Center of Excellence and Innovation Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, making it the top center of excellence in the region including Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam.” (Click here to read more)
May 2, 2017 by Kelly Fryer
“The YWCA is hosting a centennial birthday celebration Thursday and launching a public phase of a $1.5 million fundraising campaign.” (Click here to read more)
April 26, 2017 by Tanisha Price-Johnson and Kelly Fryer
“We’ve had the privilege of interviewing a number of our elders over the past few months, as we have prepared to celebrate the 100th anniversary of YWCA Southern Arizona on May 4th. The exasperated refrain we’ve heard is this: “I can’t believe we’re still having to fight this fight.”” (Click here to read more)
April 24, 2017 by Jessica Pothering
“YWCA in Arizona has created a $1 million loan fund for minority women entrepreneurs.
The YWCA of Southern Arizona launched the fund to facilitate lending to women and minority entrepreneurs whose businesses support regional economic development.” (Click here to read more)
April 20, 2017 by Maritza Dominguez
“On average women spend almost $3,000 on feminine hygiene products throughout their lifetimes. A Tucson organization is finding ways to help women in need get these items.
“Project Period” collects tampons and pads for such women. Run by the YWCA of Southern Arizona, the program distributes the donations to various organizations, such as Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services.” (Click here to read more)
April 17, 2017 by Loni Nannini
“If the YWCA of Southern Arizona could blow out 100 candles and make a birthday wish come true, it would ask for one thing: To level the playing field for women at work and in business.” (Click here to read more)
March 23, 2017 by Ellen Sussman
“….Project Period is a campaign by the YWCA of Southern Arizona. It began in December 2015, to raise public awareness and collect much needed, but not talked about, personal hygiene products.” (Click here to read more)
February 3, 2017 by Laura Markovitz
“You know, with 40,000 people who marched the 21st of January in Women’s Marches across the state of Arizona we have an opportunity now to galvanize that energy to make meaningful change,” says [YWCA CEO] Kelly Fryer. Click here to listen.
February 22, 2017 by Kathleen Allen
“When Barclay Goldsmith approached actress Alba Jaramillo about staging a new play, he had the script, “Digna,” but he didn’t have a stage or a theater company.
Now he has it all.
Jaramillo co-founded Digna Theater with the intent of staging plays that address human rights.” (Click here to read more)
February 07, 2017 by Alyx Dote
“The YWCA of Southern Arizona is working to keep the momentum strong after the Women’s March in Tucson last month drew 15,000 people.” (Click here to read more)
January 21, 2017 by Stev Spooner
“Women’s rights supporters took to the street throughout the nation on Saturday Jan. 21, literally and symbolically marching on Washington D.C. Tucson held a march as part of the Women’s March on Washington to support human rights.” (Click here to read more)
January 21, 2017 by Jessica Blackburn
“At 9 a.m. on Friday, the Teach-In and March for Unity and Solidarity, a peaceful protest conceived by UA professors Monica Casper, Suzanne Dovi, and Liane Hernandez of the YWCA Southern Arizona, began in front of the cactus garden on the UA Mall.” (Click here to read more)
January 12, 2017 by Gabriela Rico
“With so much talent and energy around food in South Tucson, the YWCA of Southern Arizona is looking to corral and cultivate it.” (Click here to read more)
January 11, 2017 by Johanna Willett
“Juice saved Cecilia Arosemena’s life.
In 2014, she learned about a two-pound liver tumor choking her blood flow. It wasn’t cancerous, but it was inoperable. Doctors gave her maybe three weeks, maybe three months, maybe three years to live. They didn’t know much, but they knew Arosemena was in trouble.” (Click here to read more)
January 6, 2017 by Morgan Kyrklund
“We are tired of what feels like a war on the poor when what we ought to be fighting is poverty,” said Kelly Fryer, CEO YWCA of Southern Arizona.
December 19, 2016 by Arizona Business Daily Reports
Betty Stauffer, executive director of Literacy Connects, recently wrote a blog post announcing the nonviolence coalition We Stand Together Network will hold a nonviolence and activism training session at 9 a.m. Jan.14 at the YWCA at, 525 N. Bonita Ave. in Tucson. (Click here to read more)
November 30, 2016 by Janice Yu
“The YWCA of Southern Arizona is fighting back against hate crimes. The organization has launched a website where people can make complaints.
Kelly Fryer, CEO of YWCA of Southern Arizona said they have had 20 reports in 17 days. Twelve of those reports came in within the first 10 days of the website’s launch.” (Click here to read more)
November 30, 2016 by Morgan Kyrklund
“A local nonprofit is fighting back against hate crimes in Tucson, and is calling on both the Tucson Police Department and the community to step up.
Since the presidential election, staff at the YWCA of Southern Arizona say they’ve seen a dramatic rise in hate crimes.” (Click here to read more)
November 26, 2016 by Kelly Fryer and Annette Everlove
“A doorbell rang on a beautiful fall afternoon in Tucson last week. By the time the homeowner answered, someone had taped a note to his front door. It was covered with hand-drawn swastikas, and in big bold letters it shouted, ‘You’re a fag.'” (Click here to read more)
September 26, 2016 by Liane Hernandez and Betsy Bolding
“In a democracy, power is vested in the people. But to exert that power, people must vote. And despite enormous efforts on the part of multiple local, regional and national organizations to increase public participation in our electoral system, this is not the case. Far too many of our neighbors, friends and colleagues aren’t registered to vote. And too many of those who are registered, don’t vote.” (Click here to read more)
September 6, 2016 by Laura Markowitz
Where are the UNESCO Ciities of Gastronomy? Click here to listen to the list, recited by the City of Tucson’s Jonathan Mabry. The City of Gastronomydesignation shines a new light on Tucson’s food scene. Independently owned food businesses are the largest-growing sector in Tucson’s economy, from food trucks to independent restaurants to salsa makers. The food industry accounts for 14 percent of all jobs in the city. But launching a successful food business takes more than just a good recipe, especially for low-income entrepreneurs. (Click here to read more)
July 11, 2016 by Tanisha Price-Johnson and Kelly Fryer
“Last week was a horrific week in America.
We are appalled by the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of law enforcement officers. We urge the Department of Justice to pursue immediate, transparent investigations that lead to justice.” (Click here to read more)
May 19, 2016 by AZPM Staff
Marisol Flores-Aguirre is the director of the Women’s Business Center. She says there is a community of women already selling their goods, running catering businesses and creating textiles and art, but they often don’t identify themselves as entrepreneurs. This is one thing the center wants to change. “The gap isn’t in entrepreneurship. It isn’t in innovation. It isn’t in in really providing quality to residents, to citizens here in Tucson. It really was how do I get my business started? Where do I go for a license? What kind of training do I need if I have a catering company and I want to offer that to different spaces?” Click here to listen.
April 27, 2016 by Liane Hernandez
“…I was called “a good Mexican” or “not like the rest of them” by students and teachers alike.” (Click here to read more)
December 9, 2015 by Mariana Dale
Most women share a common experience each month. Their period. But for women in poverty, their menstrual cycle is a reminder of how inaccessible tampons and sanitary pads can be. Click here to listen.
December 9, 2015 by Allison Alexander and Anthony Victor Reyes
“We want to be sure, month in and month out, even when the holiday season is over, that no one has to miss work or school because they don’t have the supplies they need,” said CEO YWCA of Southern Arizona Kelly Fryer.
December 9, 2015 by Christine Pae
For a topic that is not widely publicized, the need during “that time of the month,” is great. With approximately half a million Arizona women living in poverty, many cannot afford their most basic need: a regular supply of feminine hygiene products. The YWCA of Southern Arizona brought the issue to light during its “Project Period” launch event on Wednesday, Dec. 9. (Click here to read more)
December 8, 2015 by Maria Ines Taracena
Several local organizations are partnering up to distribute tampons and sanitary napkins to women throughout Pima County living in poverty.
November 19, 2015 by Kassandra Manriquez/Arizona Sonora News
According to [Michele] Pitot, [the director of the YWCA Women’s Center for Economic Opportunity], most entry-level job positions do not support a single mother family and instead tend to support a cycle of poverty, which creates a greater need for a college education. (Click here to read more)
October 9, 2015 by Nichole Szemerei
October 17, 2015
” In order for all women to achieve the kind of equality imagined by those who worked to pass the 19th Amendment, we must address the structural barriers facing all women. In Arizona we can start by reinstating child care subsidies so moms can go to work without worrying about their kids’ safety. We need to re-extend federally-funded Temporary Aid to Needy Families to help moms support their families while looking for a job or going back to school.” (Click here to read more)
September 22, 2015 by Maria Ines Tarcena
This is the third event the YWCA is hosting as part of their ongoing talks on the country’s sentencing and prison system, and their effects on the community. Tucson-based immigration attorney Margo Cowan, Coalición de Derechos Humanos’ Isabel Garcia and Caroline Isaacs, program director of the American Friends Service Committee, will focus on Operation Streamline, and its connection to private prisons’ bed quota and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Click here to read more)
September 2, 2015 – The fact is: Planned Parenthood prevents more than 500,000 pregnancies a year. How many of those would end up being terminated were it not for the contraceptives and other reproductive health-care services provided by them?
Marisol Flores-Aguirre ha sido nombrada la nueva Directora del Centro Empresarial de Mujeres de la YWCA del Sur de Arizona.
May 22, 2015 by Kelly Fryer
“Gov. Doug Ducey wants my help to get the word out about how Arizona is an ideal place to live. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.” (Click here to read more)
May 14, 2015 by Maria Ines Taracena
“At their 98th anniversary breakfast—where the organization raised more than $44,000 ($14,000 more than their original goal)— CEO Kelly Fryer called Flake’s office and left a nice voice mail enticing him to co-sponsor the End Racial Profiling Act. In the past nearly two decades, the bill has been brought up at least 10 times and it’s headed nowhere.” (Click here to read more)
April 28, 2015 by Heather Hoch
According to the YWCA, the fastest growing population of inmates in the country per capita is women, over 60 percent of whom are incarcerated with drug charges. Men and women of color are also impacted, especially considering individuals imprisoned due to rigid federal minimum sentencing for “crack” cocaine users. (Click here to read more)
April 23, 2015 by Christine Pae
Dozens of people gathered at the YWCA today to learn about how they could open up their own business. As one fearless entrepreneur explains, it is not as daunting as it seems. (Click here to read more)
January 27, 2015 by Maria Taracena
By Allicyn Fink
[Community Life Director and Executive Chef, Liane Hernandez, says] in the kitchen at the YW, “We have an opportunity to get people up to speed and teach them the questions to ask and have them think about the questions to ask. Part of what we do, part of our mission is to empower women, so I think that having the ability to ask questions and to wonder is really important here.” (Click here to read more)
Executive Director appears, along with a model from sponsor Buffalo Exchange, to talk about this new annual event that celebrates what women are doing in Tucson in food, fashion, music and business – all while raising funds for programs that help women in need. Click here to watch the video.
By Susan Page
“All three of them, plus two aides and a reporter, pile into a black SUV for the ride to the foothills for the Tucson YWCA Women’s Leadership Conference. The former congresswoman is being honored with the group’s inaugural ‘Changemaker’ award.” (Click here to read more)
By JD Wallace
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – A first of its kind award has gone to Tucson’s one of a kind woman. (Click here to read more)
By Rikki Mitchell.
Arizona’s race for Governor has come down to three major candidates — and all three met in Tucson Thursday for a public debate…hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the YWCA.” (Click here to read more)
Kelly discusses the mission of the YWCA and upcoming events. Click here to listen to the show with host, Amanda Shauger.
“Thankfully, in Tucson, social service and community groups have stepped in to provide comfort and aid to the undocumented women and children, mostly from Central America, being brought here. But quick action by our government is required to address this growing refugee crisis.” (Click here to read more)
By Kristen Cook
“The cafe at the YWCA offers more than a bite to eat. It’s also creating opportunities. Proceeds from the eatery support YWCA programs, which assist women and their families. Come fall, it’ll also provide culinary job training, including catering.” (Click here to read more)
By Mari Herreras
“I sat down recently with Liane Hernandez, community life director and executive chef for the YWCA of Tucson, about agua frescas, the drinks such as horchata, tamarindo and jamaica that offer cool sweetness in an instant.” (Click here to read more)
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Kelly Fryer gives a comprehensive interview of the May events and the programs and mission of the YWCA. Click here to watch the video.
The YW Speaks workshop: Keeping our Girls and Daughter Safe from Victimhood drew a concerned and focused audience April 19, 2014.(Click here to read more)
March 16, 2014: This Op-Ed piece appeared in the AZ Daily Star describing how global and national research shows a clear correlation between the economic empowerment of women and increased economic and social benefits to children, families and the wider community.
Story by Andrea Kelley: February 19, 2014 The YWCA Tucson’s job training program is underway with the YW Café in the Lobby at the Frances Mc Clelland Leadership Center.
“I love it here in Tucson. I love the diverse culture, climate, rich history and how easy it is to meet people and make friends. Mostly, I love the energy that is in the air.” (Read the article)
Story by Jamie Manser
January 2, 2014
The YW’s mission is to create “a community of changemakers, working to build a world with out racism where women are empowered and where everyone enjoys peace, justice, freedom and dignity.”
Read the story on Page 38
Story by Krystin Sorich
November 20, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)- Entering or re-entering the job force can be a daunting process for anyone, but thanks to the YWCA, there’s help out there.
Story by Mitchell Riley
November 13, 2013
by Patricia Machelor
November 17, 2013
It’s time to talk about the boys.
The unique, and often overlooked, plight of today’s boys and young men will be the subject of an interactive workshop Saturday at the YWCA of Tucson. A changing social landscape coupled with absentee fathers and a lack of male role models are among the topics to be discussed at “Raising Healthy Sons,” which is for parents, teachers and anybody who cares about young people, said Kelly Fryer, executive director of the YWCA Tucson. (read more)
Oct. 30, 2013
Thanks to a generous gift from the Burlington Coat Factory, the YWCA is able to give 500 winter coats away to women and children in need. KVOA News 4 covers this event live. Click here to see their live coverage.
By Benjie Sanders, October 30, 2013
Maria Hechanova, Oct. 30, 2013
By Dylan Smith, October 24, 2013
“While the mercury may still be hovering in the mid-80’s, the Tucson branch of the YWCA is looking ahead to chillier times.” (read more)
Linda Ray, Oct. 16, 013
The YWCA offers another opportunity from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22. Jeff Ronstadt of Ronstadt Insurance discusses how the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will affect families and how much it will cost. (read more)
Arizona Hispana, Edicion 377
“¿Cuál es el seguimiento que les das a estas mujeres líderes? Lo que se está haciendo a partir del último programa es que las mujeres que lo terminaron, ahora ellas van a dar “Líder de Mi Vida”, asesoradas por mí, las voy a entrenar para que ellas sean capacitadoras, sean mentoras, para se desarrollen donde ellas mas deseen, van a presentar lo que aprendieron, lo van a pasar a la comunidad, claro siempre apoyadas por mí. Y de eso se trata el liderazgo de traer a más personas que nos sigan y ayudemos a mas y mas mujeres.” (More/Mas)
By Mari Herreras, September 5, 2013
During a recent tour with new YWCA Tucson executive director Kelly Fryer of the organization’s Bonita Street headquarters, there’s a lot of “picture this” and “imagine that.”
Seven months into her new post, Fryer says the organization is making changes to make sure that after 100 years the agency remains relevant to the community and creates programs that are sustainable to survive another 100 years. (Click here to read more)
By Michael Chihak, June 26, 2013
Four people from diverse perspectives and experiences with race, ethnicity and degrees of societal tolerance addressed the issues in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case and President Barack Obama’s call for dialogue. The panel appeared on Friday’s Arizona Week broadcast.
“I think some of us took it for granted that we were farther along than we really are,” said Kelly Fryer, executive director of the YWCA Tucson. “It’s time to have a serious conversation and to take action to make sure these things get changed.”(Click here to watch the broadcast)
The YWCA Board of Directors has selected Kelly Fryer as executive director of the YWCA Tucson. Fryer has worked as a nonprofit executive, small business owner, teacher and ordained minister. She comes to the YWCA Tucson from Arizona List, a statewide organization working to elect women to public office where she was executive director.(Click here to read more)
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Q. What is the YWCA?
As a local association of the YWCA USA, the YWCA of Southern Arizona is one of the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organizations in the nation. We are a membership-based, grassroots organization independently governed by a local board of directors.
Q. What value does the YWCA bring to our community?
The YWCA has been helping people in Tucson and Southern Arizona create the change they wish to see in their own lives and in the world since 1917. Here are just a few examples:
Q: Is the YWCA of Southern Arizona only for women?
The YWCA of Southern Arizona is dedicated to promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We focus on women’s needs and issues. We also recognize the important role men play in eliminating racism and empowering women. The YWCA of Southern Arizona welcomes men into membership, onto our staff and we were the first local YWCA association in the nation to elect men to our board of directors.
Q. Is the YWCA a religious organization?
Although founded more than 150 years ago by women who shared progressive Christian values, the YWCA USA has not been a religious organization for more than 50 years. One of the things we are proud of here at the YW in Tucson is our first Board President is believed to have been a member of the Stone Avenue Temple. Women and men of every religion and no religion, who share a commitment to the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all, are welcome as members and leaders at the YW.
Q. How is the YWCA funded?
We are an entrepreneurial organization, and strive to create programs that are financially sustainable. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, we are also supported by our members, who donate their time and money; by grants and donations from foundations and corporate partners committed to social justice and economic empowerment; and through the contracts we earn from government entities for programs that make a social and/or economic contribution to the community.
Q: Where is the YWCA of Southern Arizona located?
YWCA of Southern Arizona has three locations: 1) Frances McClelland Leadership Center in downtown Tucson just west of I-10 between Congress and St. Mary’s Road. Our address is 525 N. Bonita Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85745. 2) House of Neighborly Service located at 9th and 33rd in the City of South Tucson. 3) We manage the cafe inside the new El Rio Community Health Clinic on Congress Ave in the Menlo Park neighborhood of Tucson.
Q: How many people do you serve?
The YWCA represents 2 million women, girls and their families in the United States and 25 million women worldwide. The YWCA has almost 250 associations across the United States. YWCAs can also be found in more than 100 countries. We welcome nearly 50,000 people to our three locations each year.
Q: Is the YWCA a “social services” agency?
Yes. Local YWCAs provide services to meet the needs of women in their communities. Here in southern Arizona, we provide employment readiness training, counseling, nutrition programs, children’s programs, and more. More importantly, the YWCA of Southern Arizona is a community center for women – one of the first places women look when they want to network with other progressive leaders, develop leadership skills, make policy change impacting women and families, foster diversity and racial justice, get healthier, learn something new, and engage in advocacy to build a better Arizona for all.
Q: How is the national YWCA structured?
The YWCA is a national organization with more than 230 local associations across the United States. The YWCA USA provides a range of technical assistance and capacity building services to local associations, safeguard the integrity of the YWCA brand and maintain a strong national presence that will position the iconic, multi-tiered YWCA organization for increased stability and sustainability for the future.