YWCA Speaks Out through Events

Court Watch Training

The daily and visible presence of court watchers loudly broadcasts to criminal justice professionals that they are being watched and that Charlotteans demand that their courts are accountable, transparent, and just.

The purpose is to:

  • To empower individuals through legal education to demand transparency and accountability of public officials
  • To increase public confidence in the Mecklenburg County criminal courts
  • To increase criminal justice efficiency
  • To examine aggregate trends in the Mecklenburg County criminal courts
  • To expand our volunteer base to reflect the diversity of all Charlotte communities
  • To act as an objective agent to institute best practices in criminal justice

On Thursday, May 21 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, YWCA and ACLU of North Carolina will be having a court watch training. The training will cover briefly what bail is and what the problem is with it and why we are court watching to ensure that everyone has a baseline understanding of the issues. We will then just talk about the role and how we envision the data collected being used.

This training will take place at YWCA Central Carolinas. The event is free and light refreshments will be served, please register in advance.

Register For The May 21st Training Today:

2020 Voter Engagement Series

For the next three months, YWCA Central Carolinas, the League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Amplify Charlotte are joining forces to educate, empower and motivate the community to be more civically engaged. The 2020 Voter Engagement Series to learn civic engagement practices for everyday people.

On May 8 attend the Call to Action: Activism in Your Community seminar with Hannah Hasan at the Community Matters Cafe from 8:30am – 10am.
Charlotte is a city where the only constant we can rely on is change. Hear from our special guest speaker on how to maintain your sense of community involvement and belonging during major events, periods of unrest and change. Educate your community about important issues through creative storytelling.
Register for Call to Action: Activism in Your Community (part of a series) here for $8.

The Engaging Latinx Voters seminar will be led by Wendy Mateo-Pascual on June 12 at 8:30am.
The women’s suffrage movement celebrates its centennial this year. Join us to discuss how we can move forward together to highlight the contributions of women of color and the importance of engaging in civic duties. Hear from our guest speaker and challenge your thoughts to learn something new! Learn why it is important, now more than ever, for all women to participate in the civic process.
Registration for the Engaging Latinx Voters will open soon. 

We Believe Fundraising Luncheon

The We Believe Luncheon is our signature annual fundraiser of the year. The luncheon brings together over 600 people annually at The Westin Hotel in Uptown Charlotte to share in the successes of our women, children and families that we serve.

On February 20, 2020 Donna Byrd, Founding Publisher of The Root was our keynote speaker. See her remarks and our 2020 We Believe videos below.

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