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Neysa Moran McMein (1888-1949) 'Y.W.C.A. In Service for the Girls of the World', Poster, 1919
Neysa Moran McMein (1888-1949) 'Y.W.C.A. In Service for the Girls of the World', Poster, 1919

The YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) is a women's membership movement that strives to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership and power in order to attain a common vision--to eliminate racism and empower women. The YWCA is a non-profit organization, the first of which was founded in the UK in 1855. The umbrella organization for the national associations is the World YWCA, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The original Christian focus is still strong in many of the national movements, both in Europe and the rest of the world, but some have changed their focus to social programs and services and mission-based topics. Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... Not to be confused with YWCA. This article is about the association. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (429x640, 46 KB)YMCA - Neysa Moran McMein (1888-1949) Y.W.C.A. In Service for the Girls of the World Poster, 1919 External links Description of Poster URL for Poster File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (429x640, 46 KB)YMCA - Neysa Moran McMein (1888-1949) Y.W.C.A. In Service for the Girls of the World Poster, 1919 External links Description of Poster URL for Poster File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del... Year 1855 (MDCCCLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Geneva (pronunciation //; French: Genève //, German:   //, Italian: Ginevra //, Romansh: Genevra) is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich), and is the most populous city of Romandy (the French-speaking part of Switzerland). ...


The YWCA is independent of the YMCA, though many local YMCA and YWCA associations have amalgamated into YM/YWCAs or YMCA-YWCAs, and belong to both organizations while providing the programs of each. Not to be confused with YWCA. This article is about the association. ...

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In the UK

In the United Kingdom, the name has been truncated to YWCA England & Wales as Christianity no longer plays an integral part in the organisation. YWCA England & Wales concentrates on informal education (youth work), information and signposting for young women growing up in disadvantaged areas. It also campaigns on issues that affect young women. YWCA's most recent campaign was called Respect young mums, and was about getting better support for teenage mums. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... In the United Kingdom youth work is the process of creating an environment where young people can engage in informal educational activities. ...


Jury's Hotel, Great Russell Street, London, was originally built by Sir Edwin Lutyens as the YWCA headquarters - the railings at the entrance still bear the YWCA monogram. The British Museum front entrance on Great Russell Street. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Lutyens Early Life Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens OM (March 29, 1869 - January 1, 1944), a British architect, designed many English country houses and was instrumental in the layout and building of New Delhi. ... The Chi-Rho, a monogram of the first two letters in the Greek word for Christ E and L embroider for clothes and bedding, for a wife by the initials E L or L E A monogram is a motif made by overlapping or combining two or more letters or...


In the US

In the United States, there are nearly 300 YWCA associations nationwide at close to 1,100 sites serving 2.6 million members and participants. Associations are configured into 9 regions. Regions vary in size from 19 associations (New England) to 60 associations (Great Lakes). Average of the other regions is 32 associations. The associations employ about 14,000 staff members - 44% are full-time and 56% part-time. In 2004, the YWCA USA utilized 75,225 volunteers to deliver our services.


In 2004, YWCA USA associations registered 2.6 million people in programs for children, youth and adults, of which 22% were helped with domestic violence programs, 8% were involved in economic empowerment & leadership development programs, 10% participated in racial justice programs, 7% were served by housing and shelter programs, 24% experienced child, youth and teen programs, 24% enjoyed the benefits of health, fitness and aquatic programs. The majority of the YWCA USA associations publicly advocate on Racial Justice, Violence Against Women, Early Childhood Education and Increasing Women's Income issues.


The YWCA of The City of New York, the oldest of all of the YWCAs in the United States, is 150 years old. They are unique in that the organization is guided purely by human service-oriented programs rather than physical services. Such programs include their Early Learning Centers, Family Resource Center, Out-of-School Programs, Professional Development Programming, and Women's Employment Programming to name a few and still guided by the YW mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. They are a major component of the non-profit community in New York City. They produce several fundraising events annually including the Salute to Women Leaders Luncheon, the YWCA-NYC Theatre Benefit (featuring the broadway hit The Color Purple in 2005 and the revival of Michael Bennett's A Chorus Line in 2006). Their annual Summer Soirée (held at the W Hotel in 2005 and Cipriani 23rd Street in 2006) at which they present their "W" award. This award is presented to a woman who is a visionary, an innovator, trend-setter, a woman who gives back to her community and helps those the YW serves daily: the women, girls and families of New York City. In 2005, this award was given to Marian McEvoy and in 2006 to Star Jones-Reynolds. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about about the novel. ... Bennett on the cover of his 1990 biography by Kevin Kelly Michael Bennett (April 8, 1943 - July 2, 1987) was a Tony Award-winning American musical theater director, writer, choreographer, and dancer. ... A Chorus Line is a musical with a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. ... The W Hotel chain is owned by Starwood Hotel and Resorts Worldwide. ... Cipriani, a surname of Italian origin, can refer to Arthur Andrew Cipriani (1875-1945), a Trinidad and Tobago labour leader and politician. ... Star Jones Reynolds (born Starlet Marie Jones March 24, 1962) is an American television personality and author. ...


Prior to the U.S. civil rights movement, some YWCA facilities were segregated or operated as separate organizations. Advocates like Helen L. Seaborg in Washington, D.C. worked successfully to mediate mergers between the segregated groups. Today the YWCA works worldwide to eliminate racism. The civil rights movement in the United States has been a long, primarily nonviolent struggle to bring full civil rights and equality under the law to all Americans. ... The Rex Theatre for Colored People Racial segregation is characterised by separation of different races in daily life, such as eating in a restaurant, drinking from a water fountain, using a rest room, attending school, going to the movies, or in the rental or purchase of a home[1]. Segregation... Helen L. (Griggs) Seaborg (March 2, 1917 – August 29, 2006) was an American-born child welfare advocate and the wife of Nobel Prize chemist Glenn T. Seaborg. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ...


The YWCA USA is a preeminent provider of domestic violence programs and shelters in the United States, serving well over ½ million women and children. As comparison, the largest national hotline averages 192,000 calls per year. They are one of the largest providers of child care in the United States with nearly 350,000 children cared for, possibly more children than the largest for-profit center chain. The total income per year is almost $650 million - ($649,500,430). Of this amount, 49% is from government grants, 23% from public support (individuals, foundations, corporations) and membership fees, and 21% from program service fees.


The YWCA USA is an organizational member of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, which advocates gun control. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence or CSGV is a non-partisan group of 45 organizations and 100,000 individual members founded in 1974 that seeks to ban handguns and assault weapons in the United States. ...


Trivia

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  • The YWCA logo was created in 1988 by Saul Bass.
  • The organization was mentioned in The Smiths' song Half A Person. "I booked myself in at the Y...WCA. I said I like it here - can I stay? I like it here - can I stay? And, do you have a vacancy, for a back-scrubber?"

Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 - April 25, 1996) was a graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, but he is best known for his design on animated motion picture title sequences, which is thought of as the best such work ever seen. ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987. ...

Bibliography

  • Mary S. Sims, The YWCA: An Unfolding Purpose (New York: Woman's Press, 1950).
  • Mary S. Sims, The Purpose Widens, 1947-1967 (New York: YWCA, 1969).

For games with Sim in the title, see List of Sim games. ...

See also

Not to be confused with YWCA. This article is about the association. ... A Jewish Community Center is a general recreational, social and fraternal organization serving the Jewish community in a number of cities. ... The 92nd Street Y is a multifaceted cultural institution and community center located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. ...

External links

  • World Young Women's Christian Association
  • YWCA England & Wales
  • YWCA of Hong Kong
  • YWCA USA
  • YWCA Canada
  • YWCA of Vancouver
  • YWCA Switzerland
  • YWCA Germany
  • YWCA of India
  • [http://www.ywca.org.au/ YWCA Australia

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YWCA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (195 words)
The YWCA (originally Young Women's Christian Association) is a world-wide organisation, founded in the UK in 1855.
YWCA England and Wales concentrates on informal education (youth work), information and signposting for young women growing up in disadvantaged areas.
The YWCA of U.S.A. is an organizational member of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, which advocates gun control.
Housing & Shelter (494 words)
The YWCA is one of the largest providers of emergency shelter and housing for homeless women and families in our region—providing 10,278 women and their families each year with ongoing housing and critical support services.
But the YWCA believes that we can create a community where all women and children have a safe place to live.
In addition to helping prevent families from becoming homeless, the YWCA also provides programs to meet the special needs of homeless families, including services for domestic violence victims, access to affordable health care and respite care for homeless women recovering from serious illness.
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