YWCA Speaks Out Through Events

Next Book Club

On Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 6pm to 7:30pm, YWCA’s book club will be discussing Dr. Gholdy Muhammad’s Cultivating Genius: An equity framework for culturally and historically responsive literacy

In Cultivating Genius, Dr. Muhammad presents a four-layered framework – one that is grounded in history and restores excellence in literacy education. Muhammad’s Historically Responsive Framework is essential for all students, especially youth of color, who traditionally have been marginalized in learning standards, school policies and classroom practices. The framework promotes four learning goals:

  • Identity development; defining self; making sense of one’s values and beliefs
  • Skill development; developing proficiences through reading and writing meaningful content
  • Intellectual development; gaining knowledge and becoming smarter
  • Criticality; developing the ability to read texts to understand power, authority and oppression
This book club discussion will take place virtually. We will send out the Zoom information two days prior to February 18.
Register to join the discussion

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YWCA's We Believe Event

YWCA’s annual We Believe event is our single biggest fundraiser each year, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support all of YWCA’s programs, including transitional housing programs for women and children facing homelessness, out-of-school literacy programs for children in low-income households, and racial justice programs that educate and mobilize our community. Last year, more than 600 people attended our We Believe event. In 2021, we are excited to offer an all-virtual live event, open to the general public.

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.

Want to see more keynote speeches and videos from our annual We Believe events? Check out YWCA’s Youtube!

To learn more about YWCA’s We Believe fundraiser and how to become a sponsor, visit our We Believe event page

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