2015 YWCA New Year's Resolutions
Last year was an exciting year for the YWCA Madison with growth and development in each of our program areas and new engagement opportunities as the Madison community grapples more seriously and publicly with issues of race and racial disparities. In 2015, the YWCA plans to continue in these areas, focusing on community impact in our focus areas of housing, employment, and race and gender equity. Here’s a preview of the exciting highlights we are focusing on for our 2015 New Year's resolutions.
Housing: Late last year, the YWCA Madison and our new partner Heartland Housing were selected to design, develop, and operate the City’s “Phase II” homeless housing initiative. This new development will create approximately 40 units of affordable housing for homeless families, projected to open in 2017. In 2015, we will be participating with Heartland’s building design process, creating the model to provide social services, and including our residents in the planning.
Employment: The YWCA will be graduating our first class of YWeb Career Academy participants in May and starting new classes in June (summer intensive) and October. All of these graduates will enter paid internships hosted by local businesses after graduation. We will also be focusing on job placement and retention rates for graduates of YWeb and Construct U.
The YWCA and four partners—Urban League of Greater Madison, Centro Hispano, Latino Academy, and Madison-Area Urban Ministry—will be implementing the United Way’s new HIRE initiative with support from participating employers, and have committed to placing 240 unemployed and underemployed community members in jobs paying $15 per hour or more over the next three years.
Equity: We anticipate continued and expanded engagement around issues of race through volunteer-facilitated community discussions using our Race to Equity toolkit, businesses and organizations participating on our Creating Equitable Organizations program, and growing enrollment in our Racial Justice workshops and summit. Our Restorative Justice program will expand to 20 schools and other sites this spring and we have also been asked to train police officers and homeless services providers in restorative practices for use in a new homeless peer court.
Rachel Krinsky is the CEO of the YWCA Madison.Date Created: 1/21/2015