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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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."