In The News

Neto’s Tucson: 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)

Neto’s Tucson: 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)

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. 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!

(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.

Click here to watch the video.

We Stand Together Network to hold nonviolence, activism training session in Tucson

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)

Tucson group launches network to fight back against hate crimes

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)

Tucson nonprofit sees spike in hate crimes, calls on police to step up

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)

 YWCA: Stand with us against bigotry and hate in Tucson

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)

YWCA: Are you registered to vote?

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)

Feeding Our Future: Incubating Food Start-Ups in the City of Gastronomy

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)

Southern Arizona YWCA: Recent Shootings are a wake-up call

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)

A Place for Business on Tucson’s Southside

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.

What Is Your First Memory on Race?

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)

Project Period Seeks Sanitary Pads, Tampons for Poor Women

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.

YWCA Launches New Initiative To Help Women In Need

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.

Click here to watch the video.

Project Period to provide feminine hygiene products to women in need

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)

YWCA, Partner Organizations Distributing Tampons, Sanitary Napkins to Women in Need

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.

(Click here to read more)

Single Mothers Struggle for Education

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)

The House of Neighborly Service Needs Help

October 9, 2015 by Nichole Szemerei

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Kelly Fryer: YWCA will highlight the progress women have made and challenges they face

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)

Mass Incarceration of Immigrants is the Focus of a YWCA Discussion Tomorrow Night

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)

Planned Parenthood Prevents Abortions

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?

Click here to read the entire oped article co-written by YWCA CEO, Kelly Fryer

July 24, 2015 – Nueva líder del Centro Empresarial YWCA

Marisol Flores-Aguirre ha sido nombrada la nueva Directora del Centro Empresarial de Mujeres de la YWCA del Sur de Arizona.

Saying “Arizona’s Great” Doesn’t Make It So

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)

YWCA: Jeff Flake Should Get On Board with Racial Profiling Act

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)

Join the Conversation about Mass Incarceration at the YWCA

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)

YWCA, Councilmember Help Aspiring Businesswomen in Tucson

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)

Meet Artist Cristina Cardenas Tomorrow at YWCA Exhibit Opening Reception

January 27, 2015 by Maria Taracena

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Oct 2014 – Designing Women: At the Café@theYW, sandwiches & espresso are part of an enterprise intended to build more than just lunch

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)

Oct 8, 2014 – YWCA POP! Event: Purposes on Purpose

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.

Sept 28, 2014 – Gabby Giffords’ Comeback: One Word, One Step at a Time

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)

Sept 23, 2014 – Giffords honored  with new award from YWCA Tucson

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)

 Sept 18, 2014 – Arizona’s candidates for governor debate in Tucson

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)

Sep 12, 2014 – With on air guest YWCA Tucson’s Kelly Fryer

Kelly discusses the mission of the YWCA and upcoming events. Click here to listen to the show with host, Amanda Shauger.

July 6, 2014 – YWCA: Feds Must Take the Lead on Immigration Crisis

“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)

May 18, 2014 – YWCA cafe hoping neighbors will stop in for a bite

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)

May 29, 2014: Tucson Weekly says the YW’s Café is key to surviving summer in Tucson!

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)

May 11, 2014: KXCI broadcasts excerpts from the YW Tucson’s 97th Anniversary Breakfast

Click here to listen on the KXCI website. We love local radio!

April 28, 2014: Kelly Fryer appears on The Morning Blend to discuss the May events celebrating our 97th Anniversary.

Kelly Fryer gives a comprehensive interview of the May events and the programs and mission of the YWCA. Click here to watch the video.

KGUN 9 Reports on YW Speaks Workshop April 19

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)

KVOA Coverage of YW Speaks Workshop April 19

April 19, 2014 KVOA reporter attended the YW Speaks Workshop “Keeping our Daughters and Girls safe from Victimhood.

Kelly Fryer and Laura Penny: Investing in women is good for business

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.

YWCA Opening Café to Train At-Risk Women for Careers

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.

February 1, 2014 Director of Development Caitlin Dixon and 3 volunteers discuss the impact of Your Sister’s Closet with Dr Zara Larsen on Circles of change radio

January 25, 2014: Executive Director Kelly Fryer chats with Dr. Zara Larsen on Circles of Change Radio

Tucson Lifestyle features our ED, a “Dynamo of Diversity”

Wendy Sweet
Feb. 2013

 “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)

AZ Foundation for Women CEO Sara Presler Pushes Others to Become Leaders

Kelly Fryer promotes the YW programs Monday January 6, 2014Click Here to watch!

January 2014 Issue: Tucson’s YWCA Moves Community Upward

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

Special Program Helps People Enter the Workforce

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.

(Watch the video here.)

Monthly Employment Workshops Aim to Empower Women

Story by Mitchell Riley
November 13, 2013

Helping Boys Become Men The Subject of Upcoming Seminar

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)

YWCA giving away 500 Winter Coats to women and children and need

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.

Photo Gallery: Coat Give Away (Click here to see all the photos)

By Benjie Sanders, October 30, 2013

Free winter coats for women and children in need

Maria Hechanova, Oct. 30, 2013

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YWCA to help bundle up women, children with free winter coats

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)

Need help understanding what Obamacare has to do with you?

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)

Ese Es El Punto
Lider de Mi Vida

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)

New Direction
Seven months into the job, the new YWCA director has a vision to create space for community

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)

AZ Week: Moving Toward Tolerance; More Needed

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)

People in Action

March 2013

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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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.