In The News

 

Sometimes a little loan goes a long way

October 26, 2018 by Danny Knee

“I would hardly be the first person to declare that small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Considering that small businesses employ half of our nation’s workforce and have accounted for two-thirds of all net new jobs over the past two decades, it bears repeating. Often. And loudly.” (Click here to read more)


YWCA’s 30th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference: Speaker Preview

October 9, 2018 by Kara Lipson

“The 30th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference will take place on Oct. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at JW Marriott star Pass Resort. The conference will feature keynote speakers Alejandra Y. Castillo, Jes Baker and Kelly Fryer. This event is hosted by YWCA Southern Arizona.” (Click here to read more)


Spotlight On The Arts: Love Letter To Tucson

September 28, 2018 by Arizona Public Media

“A conversation with artists Jacqueline Chanda and Lisa Kanouse about their ‘Love Letter to Tucson’ exhibition at the YWCA on Bonita Avenue. The exhibition explores our community’s urban life as seen through these artist’s individual perspectives.” (Click here to watch the video)


New shelter program helping homeless women reclaim their personal identities

September 1, 2018 by Johanna Willett

“In September, women entering the fourth level of the program can do an eight-week culinary training program at the YWCA of Southern Arizona. Jon Wirtis, the director of culinary services and the executive chef for Corazón Café and Catering at the YWCA, will lead the class on cooking basics.” (Click here to read more)


Drop off your ballot in costume and grab a beer at this early voting party

August 13, 2018 by Johanna Willett

“Hosted by the YWCA of Arizona’s STAT team (STAT stands for Stand Together Arizona Training and Advocacy Center), the two-hour event is all about civic engagement — and maybe even enjoying it”. (Click here to read more)


Fuerza Local Business Accelerator program launches in Southern Arizona

August 3, 2018 by Michael Peel

“Twelve business owners were recently recognized at the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator graduation as the Tucson program’s first graduating class. The ceremony was held Saturday, June 30 at the YWCA.” (Click here to read more)


First Tucson Cohort to Graduate from Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program

June 25, 2018 by Local First Arizona Foundation

“Twelve business owners will be recognized at the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator graduation as the first graduating class from Tucson.” (Click here to read more)


These Tucson women are juggling motherhood, entrepreneurship

May 12, 2018 by Liliana López Ruelas

“Breaking down the job description for “mom” could fill a dozen résumés, but you can almost always find they are enterprising, resourceful and creative. It’s only natural, then, that some of them take their talents into the business world.” (Click here to read more)


The 12th Annual Social Justice Symposium, March 23

February 23, 2018

“The conference will begin with a keynote address by E. Liane Hernandez, community outreach and education director of Stand Together Arizona Training and Advocacy Center (STAT) of the YWCA of Southern Arizona.” (Click here to read more)


YWCA Leadership Workshops inspire Latina Immigrants

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)


New Arizona theater company inspires audiences to think about universal human rights issues

November 15, 2017 by Betsy Kaplan

“A Tucson human rights lawyer saw a need to create a conversation about issues within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Tucson’s newest theater company Teatro Dignidad produces plays about matters of human rights to open dialogue.” (Click here to read more)


A grass-roots haboob is coming

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)


Rotary Club’s car show benefits five Tucson charities

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)


YWCA fundraising event benefits the Women’s Center for Economic Opportunity

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)


Arizona’s Latina Entrepreneurs Are Cooking

September/October 2017 By Cynthia Lancaster

“From her office at the YWCA complex in South Tucson, Marisol Flores-Aguirre oversees construction of a commercial kitchen taking shape in a campus building. The project is the latest in a series of programs designed to help entrepreneurs launch or expand a small business.” (Click here to read more)


Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

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.” (Click here to listen to the broadcast)


Women’s pay shortchanged

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)


Tucson teen girls get a taste of running for political office

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)


YWCA bettering the community

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)


The Arizona Living Economy Forum focuses on local business successes

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)


Arizona’s Latina Entrepreneurs Are Cooking

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)


“Shut up and listen:” What 5 local women want you to know on Women’s Equality Day

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)


Tucson Community, Religious Leaders Speak Out Against Racism

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)


A Vigil Endures

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)


Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards Finalists Named

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)


Facing Deficit, South Tucson May Trim Essential Services

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)


Innovate Her 2017 Pitch Competition Finalists Selected

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)


YWCA’s work in South Tucson featured on Metroweek

May 26, 2017

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YWCA of Southern Arizona plans mission for its next 100 years

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)


Local businesses and women get support through YWCA Southern Arizona’s WBC

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)


YWCA celebrating its 100th year, launches $1.5 million fundraiser

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)


YWCA has been fighting 100 years to help all Southern Arizonans thrive

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)


YWCA in Arizona creates $1 million loan fund for minority women entrepreneurs

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)


‘Project Period’ Aims to Ease Financial Burden of Tampons on Women

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)


YWCA’s Tucson bash will launch effort to raise $1M for Women’s Impact Fund

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)


Concert Series Extends to Continue Meeting Need

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)


From March To Movement

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.


New Tucson theater company opens with play about Mexican human-rights attorney Digna Ochoa

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)


YWCA working to maintain momentum from success of the Women’s March

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)


Tucson community turns out to march for women’s rights

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)


UA community holds teach-in to talk about Trump, KKK, DACA

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)


South Tucson to get community kitchen

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)


In the fight of her life, juicing became the cure and calling for this Tucson chef

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)


Southern Arizona Groups Seek More Help For Needy Families

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.

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Quick YWCA Facts

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:

  • More than 10000 women have attended one of the YW’s annual leadership conferences or programs
  • Twenty-six thousand women have prepared for their first job interview through “Your Sister’s Closet”
  • Ninety percent of graduates from the “YWorks” employment education and training program get a job, start a business or go back to school within six months, pumping $7 million into the Tucson economy every 12-18 months
  • The racial justice program developed here has become a model for YWs across the nation
  • Ten thousand Arizonans can be called to action on our top legislative priorities through the YW’s Advocacy & Action Alliance
  • We welcome nearly 50,000 visitors every year to our three locations: Frances McClelland Community Center, House of Neighborly Service and El Rio Community Health Center.

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.