The Transform program has been in existence at YWCA Greater Cincinnati since 1982. It is designed for men who have histories of causing harm by abusing their intimate partners. Transform is not group therapy. It is primarily an educational and informational program. Participants may be court-ordered to attend, referred by other agencies, or self-referred. At Transform, participants:
- Identify thinking and behavior patterns that brought them to this group.
- Learn and practice new ways of pro-social thinking and non-abusive behaviors.
- Choose to end violence at home, transform family life and strengthen relationships with partners, children, and loved ones.
Eastern Area Youth Services Staff provide violence prevention programming to school districts in Adams, Brown, and Clermont Counties. Through programming, students learn elements of healthy and unhealthy relationships, the significance of consent, and bystander intervention strategies to increase their ability to prevent and safely intervene in situations of dating, domestic and sexual violence.
During the time of March 1st- March 21st of this year, YWCA Greater Cincinnati offered a FREE challenge to engage you and so many others in racial equity and social justice initiatives. Participants were presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience, and more. These challenges covered a wide range of subjects regarding racial inequity and how we can do the work to eliminate it.
The challenge, which is to immerse yourself into this content, is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.
If you’re interested in participating, be sure to join us next year in 2022!
This year, President Biden signed legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, enshrining June 19 as the national day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth, which is celebrated yearly by generations in Black communities, has been a day to celebrate freedom with parades and festivities similar to those on the Fourth of July. During the Jim Crow era, Black communities had to hold these celebrations in private, but they have gained new momentum in recent history.
To continue the momentum, we created a social media campaign called Beyond Juneteenth, which included more ways in which racial inequality is present in our country, and then provided sources to learn more. Visit the page, here.
Our Career Women of Achievement was virtual for the second year in a row due to Covid-19, however, it didn’t stop us from making waves. The event aired on WCPO 9 on April 22nd, and was a great success!
We honored eight outstanding leaders who are experts in their fields, all selected by an independent panel of five community leaders. These are women who exemplify personal career success, dynamic leadership qualities, and the unique ability to serve as role models.
In 1993, the Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship was offered in coordination with the Career Women of Achievement event. The scholarship provides financial assistance and support to an outstanding Black female Greater Cincinnati high school senior entering a post-secondary institution.
“I am proud to receive the Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship from the YWCA and I am ready for everything the future offers.”
– Trinity Robinson, 2021 Scholarship Awardee
In 2008, the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund Scholarship was created to provide financial support to women participating in YWCA programs. The award assists in their efforts to complete their education in order to secure employment and financial stability.
“It’s difficult to put into words how thankful I am to the YWCA. Without the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholarship, I would not be able to go to school.”
– Angel Spurlock, 2021 Scholarship Awardee
In 2002, the Academy of Career Women of Achievement, recognizing their collective commitment to “lift as you climb,” introduced the Rising Star Award to recognize and support women ages 25 to 40 in pursuit of excellence in their careers. Over 900 dynamic professional women have been honored as Rising Stars. Since 2006, over 500 Rising Stars have completed the YWCA Rising Star Leadership Program, a five-month program designed to enhance leadership qualities. This program also trains Rising Stars for non-profit board service, creates support networks, and offers program participants the inspiration and tools to become gender and racial equity leaders.
To learn more about our Rising Stars Leadership Program, visit here.