Saturday, May 4, 2013
Statewide organization reaching overseas.
The YWCA on Blackstone Street, Woonsocket, has grown from local roots into a statewide organization — YWCA Rhode Island, and that growth now includes an international presence. The Geneva, Switzerland-based World YWCA has recruited Sandra Cano, a member of the board of directors of YWCA Rhode Island, to serve as an interpreter at a Young Women’s International Training Institute (ITI) taking place May 23 through 28 in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition, Meghan Grady, COO of YWCA Rhode Island, will participate in the first North American and Caribbean Regional Young Women’s Leadership Conference from June 20-22 in Bridgetown, Barbados. These assignments come on the heels of YWCA Rhode Island’s existing two-year association with YWCA-Haiti as …
Monday, April 22, 2013
April 29 event features documentary on the first Rhode Island women to hold statewide office.
YWCA's fifth annual Women Holding Office Celebration April 29 features a documentary about the first Rhode Island women to hold statewide office and keynote speaker Ayanna Pressley of the Boston City Council. The evening, which is open to the public, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, Lincoln. YWCA Rhode Island has commissioned local photojournalist John Freidah to create the documentary on the first three women elected to statewide office in Rhode Island. They are, in order, Susan L. Farmer, secretary of state from 1983-86; Arlene Violet, state attorney general from 1985-87, who also is the first woman nationwide to be elected to that position; and Kathleen S. Connell, secretary of state from 1987-…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Variety of options are available for students ages 3 to 5.
Registration is now open for YWCA Rhode Island Pre-School for the 2013-2014 school year. Licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Youth, Children, and Families and approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education, students will enjoy a safe, joyful, and enriching environment at YWCA Rhode Island. A variety of options are available for students ages 3 to 5 including two day, three day, and five day and part-time or full-time enrollment. Parents and children are welcome to explore the classroom, meet teachers, and tour YWCA Rhode Island by making an appointment or attending an open house on March 27, April 11 or May 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 401-769-7450 or visit YWCA Rhode Island at 514 Blackstone St., Woonsocket for more …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Three Woonsocket kids win prizes during vacation week competition.
In partnership with National Association of Women in Construction - Rhode Island Chapter, YWCA hosted the Block Kids Building Program Feb. 20 as a part of February Vacation Camp. Students used interlocking blocks, string, rocks and foil to build the project of their choice. Volunteers from the National Association of Women in Construction - Rhode Island Chapter served as judges and prizes were awarded to the top contestants. The first place winner was Matthew Eagan, age 8, of Woonsocket. The second place winner was Nayda Serre, age 10, of Woonsocket. The third place winner was Bianca Perry, age 8, of Woonsocket. The Block Kids Building Program is a national building program competition that is sponsored on the local level by National …
Monday, February 18, 2013
One - year award will help educate women about breast cancer detection.
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $60,000 grant to YWCA Rhode Island to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. This is the nineteenth year the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence. The breast health program ENCOREplus at YWCA Rhode Island will educate Rhode Island women and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program will also enable YWCA Rhode Island to provide breast and cervical cancer community health outreach, education, assistance in accessing and navigating the treatment …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Classes begin Feb. 19, including vacation camps.
Sign up today for the third winter session at YWCA Rhode Island. Classes are available for youth and adults. Youth programs include vacation camps, physical activities, art studio, gymnastics and more: Wellness programs for adults: To view the complete YWCA Session Brochure online, visit www.ywcari.org. YWCA Rhode Island provides developmentally appropriate programming with 145 years of excellence. To learn more or to schedule a tour, visit 514 Blackstone St. in Woonsocket or call 401-769-7450.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Feb. 6 social media event will begin at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30
YWCA Rhode Island will host a Twitter Party celebrating the 27th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day Feb. 6 The free online event will begin at 3 p.m. To participate, attendees must follow @ywca_RI on Twitter using the hashtag #YWSheShines. Sports are a solution for many of the serious heath and social problems faced by girls, including obesity, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression. In addition to the multitude of health benefits, sports activity at an early age provides a foundation to succeed later in life teaching lessons of teamwork, goal-setting, leadership and competition. The year marks the 41st anniversary of the Title IX legislation prohibiting the exclusion of women or men in educational programs based on …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Sheila C. “Skip” Nowell Leadership Academy Charter School will combine online, classroom study.
Monday, December 10, 2012
YWCA Rhode Island has the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) approval to create an online charter school designed for at-risk high school students. The Sheila C. “Skip” Nowell Leadership Academy Charter School will combine online studies with classroom work and is aimed specifically at students whose family responsibilities interfere with their attendance at high school. That includes teenagers who are pregnant or already parents, who are responsible for taking care of other family members, who are victims of domestic abuse or who lack family support. “We are trying to solve a problem for a specific demographic of students that everyone would agree is underserved and difficult to address in mainstream education, and we are doing…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
International Observance recognized in North Smithfield.
In recognition of the first ever International Day of the Girl, members of Woonsocket-based YWCA Rhode Island met with North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton, who signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 11 Day of the Girl. “YWCA Rhode Island is pleased to observe the first ever International Day of the Girl as a part of our effort to empower women and girls.” says Deborah L. Perry, President/Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Rhode Island. “Our advocacy work through our programs like Rosie’s Girls and GoGirlGo! will not be completed until we reach gender equity at every level of government, aspect of business and part of life.” The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2011 to establish Oct. 11 as the …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Sunday, Oct. 7 race held during Autumnfest.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Early registration for the Race Against Racism5K run/walk Oct. 7 during Autumnfest is about to end. Early sign-up pricing for the Race Against Racism at Autumnfest is $22 until Sept. 21. After that, the entry fee is $25, and $27 the day of the race. A race t-shirt is also available for those who register in advance. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. First place age division winners are also awarded for male and female finishers (no double dipping). Proceeds from the race will support community and racial justice efforts. The Race Against Racism is organized by YWCA Rhode Island. Race Partners include: RiverzEdge Arts, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, Family Resources Community Action, nriAHEC, …