YWCA New Britain 2017 Annual Report

YWCA New Britain is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen our community.

YWCA works to speak out on behalf of women and girls and the issues they face today. In carrying out the mission of YWCA, programs are designed to address the root causes of poverty in the communities we serve, namely: financial illiteracy, births to teen moms, violence against women, and lack of access to affordable childcare. We combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.

Thank you for joining YWCA New Britain as we work toward equality for all while empowering women to be all they can be. #OnAMission

240 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years received quality care and education through our nationally-accredited childcare program.

55 mothers with children ages 6 months to 8 years who face social, economic, and educational barriers or have not completed high school participated in our Family Literacy Center.

Childcare students had a fun-filled year in 2017, partaking in everything from science experiments to making pizzas to visiting the fire department. They learned about family, feelings, and nature, read books, sang songs, celebrated the Week of the Young Child, and so much more.

Family Literacy students studied for their GED or learned English as a second language. They completed real life job and budget scenarios, utilized technology to search for and apply to jobs, used practice websites to prepare for their state learner’s permit test, and registered to vote.

104 children ages 4 to 11 years old joined our fun-filled Summer Sizzlers summer vacation camp.

103 students were given a safe, comfortable place to learn and have fun after school through the STRIVE program for middle school girls.

59 high school girls were served through the House of Teens teen center in 2017.

120 students had an engaging, comfortable, and stimulating place to spend their time before and after school.

The STRIVE program for middle school girls continues to provide girls with programming that empowers them to reach their academic goals, develop their communication skills, prepare them for the future, and help them make positive, healthy choices. The girls worked on 3D printing and coding projects, designed, developed, and maintained a garden at their school, and sang karaoke- just a couple of the many fun activities.

Students from the House of Teens earned credits toward graduation, had the opportunity to attend programming on a college campus, earned weekly paychecks, and learned job readiness skills. They focused on their health and wellness by visiting the gym and working with fitness instructors, participating in nutrition education classes, and working on stress management. They also took field trips to the theater, went roller skating, marched in the Memorial Day parade, and even took in a basketball game at Madison Square Garden.

Over 400 friends and family gathered to honor women leaders and up and coming student leaders in the central Connecticut community at YWCA New Britain's 17th Biennial Women in Leadership Luncheon.

The Women in Leadership honorees were saluted for their extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments. Each honoree promotes the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women; shows outstanding achievement as a volunteer, contributing to the betterment of her workplace, neighborhood or community; and demonstrates exceptional and superior abilities and accomplishments as a pioneer, innovator, leader, and role model.

2017 Women in Leadership honorees

550 gymnastics students, including 19 Excel competition team members, took classes to gain sports skills and self-confidence, and to learn teamwork.

170 karate students learned self-defense, respect, coordination, and discipline.

200 dance students from our New Britain and Bristol dance studios displayed grace and beauty at the annual recital for over 1,000 spectators.

YWCA New Britain’s Xcel competitive gymnastics team athletes were recognized by the Common Council of the City of New Britain for their dedication and achievements in recent competitions. All 14 team members made the cut in their division to qualify for the Xcel Gymnastics statewide competition.

The Fitness Department introduced new fitness classes designed specifically for children ages 4-12 years old through the Les Mills Group Fitness Born to Move program and added a Fit Mama class for new and soon-to-be mothers.

YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism was held in April at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one element of our national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. Over 750 events take place across the country for the Stand Against Racism, including public policy advocacy, community education, and public proclamations.

YWCA New Britain and CCSU partnered to plan a day- long event that incorporated the wisdom of educators and those in the social justice field into short talks on topics related to the impact of racism and the need for racial justice.

The Stand Against Racism is an important way to highlight issues and barriers important to our communities of color that must be addressed. The YWCA is pleased to be a leader in this work and in the fight to eliminate racism.

1,260 people received comfort, compassion, and counseling provided by our Sexual Assault Crisis Service.

7,203 hours of time were contributed by SACS volunteers to help survivors of sexual assault.

176 presentations were given to groups through outreach and prevention trainings.

31 students completed Counselor Advocate Training classes, gaining the valuable training and experience necessary to provide supportive counseling and advocacy to sexual assault survivors and their families, and leading to certification as volunteers for SACS.

YWCA New Britain's Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) covers a 38-town region - all of Hartford County, part of Tolland County and the town of Plymouth. We offer assistance to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. These services are critical after such trauma, helping victims and their families regain feelings of independence, optimism and hope. The advocates on staff are trained to work with hospital staff, the court system, public safety officers and other counselors assisting their clients.

In addition, we provide prevention education for all age groups from kindergarten through corporate environments.

We held a staff giving drive to raise money to aid in recovery and rebuilding of Puerto Rico, hosted a multi-cultural potluck lunch for staff, raised over $67,000 at the annual Evening of Treasures Auction, honored outstanding volunteers at our Annual Meeting, and performed "Thriller" on Halloween in downtown New Britain and in Plainville.

In the fall, we held the Fall Family Festival and Pedal for Pink Spinathon, and in December we hosted the Winter Wonderland event, complete with a performance of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

We wouldn’t exist without our supporters. The life-changing services and programs we provide are made possible because of your generosity, enthusiasm, and dedication. A heart felt thank you to our volunteers and donors for believing in us.

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