2017 Stand Against Racism

April 28th, 2017

Stand Against Racism! The YWCA of Central MA asks you to join with us in a commitment to eliminate racism in our community and beyond. Your company will be listed as a partner agency in our 2017 community outreach.

April 28-29, 2017

CLICK HERE to register as a participating organization.

International Women’s Day – Be Bold for Change

March 2nd, 2017

Keynote Address – Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General

March 7, 2017
5:30-7:00 p.m.
YWCA Central Massachusetts
1 Salem Square
Next to the Worcester Public Library

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event celebrating the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. Join us for an inspiring evening as we honor women’s experiences, address challenging issues, and celebrate who we are.  Join us for performances, refreshments and more!

This year, Be Bold for Change! Advocate and take actions that truly drive change for women. Do you want to advocate for gender equity but don’t know where to start? Here are just a few actions you can take to advocate for social justice.

– Contact your elected officials and tell them that you support policies that promote gender equity.

– Write an op-ed or letter to the editor about gender equity issues.

– Be civically active. Get involved in local social justice organizations and/or local government. Volunteer your time and talent.

– Speak up! Use your voice against injustice.

– Show your support to businesses, organizations, artists, authors, and others who promote social justice.

We want to know how you will #BeBoldForChange this year! You can show your support by downloading and printing one of the signs below, taking a photo of yourself with it, and posting it on facebook or twitter with the hashtags #BeBoldForChange and #IWD2017. Tag some friends and challenge them to do the same! We may just feature you on our social media! Together, we can work towards eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all!

How will you #BeBoldForChange?

Promote Gender Equity

YWCA is on a Mission





YWCA Seeks Nominations for the 2017 Katharine F. Erskine Awards

January 18th, 2017

The YWCA Central Massachusetts encourages you to nominate an outstanding woman for the Katharine F. Erskine Award. Your nominee should show a commitment to the YWCA mission eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all – and meet the following criteria:

• distinctive achievement and service in her current field;
• service to community with a demonstrated commitment
to social and racial equality;
• demonstrated commitment to serving as a role model for
women and girls;
• must live and/or work in Central Massachusetts.

The award is presented in the following categories:
Arts & Culture
Business & Law
Community, Social Service & Government
Health, Science & Technology

To nominate someone, CLICK HERE to download the nomination form.

List of Past Erskine Award Recipients

Completed nomination forms can be emailed to events@ywcacentralmass.org or mailed to: YWCA Central Massachusetts, Erskine Awards, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608

YWCA Seeks Youth Development Interns

December 6th, 2016

With the new year quickly approaching, we are gearing up for a whole new season of programs for youth here at YWCA, and we need interns!  Internship positions are available for Winter and Spring of 2017. These are valuable opportunities to obtain hands-on experience working in youth development.  Anyone who is interested in applying should complete the application and submit it as soon as possible.   While a resume is not required, it is strongly encouraged.

View a list of Internship opportunities.

Download an application.

Taking a Hard Look at Women and Politics

October 20th, 2016

Racial Justice & Gender Equity
Taking a Hard Look at Women and Politics through a Racial and Gender Lens

October 20, 2016
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Guest Panelists:

Senator Harriette Chandler – 1st Worcester District
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz – 2nd Suffolk District
Senator Anne Gobi – Worcester-Hampden-Hampshire & Middlesex District
State Representative Gloria Fox – 7th Suffolk District
Councilor Sarai Rivera – District 4, City of Worcester

Panelists will give insight into their experiences and challenges while being in public office and how they look at issues through a racial and gender lens.

YWCA Central Mass
1 Salem Square
Next to the Worcester Public Library

Free and open to the public.
Registration encouraged, but not required.
*This is not a fundraiser.

Register HERE.

2016 Great Guy Award Recipients Announced

October 4th, 2016

YWCA Central Massachusetts created The Great Guy Award in 2004 to recognize the outstanding contributions of men in the central Massachusetts community who have been inspired to learn and better understand the issue of domestic violence, and who have demonstrated their commitment to end violence against women and children. Three men will receive the award this year at the YWCA’s Annual Daybreak Breakfast on October 17, 2016.

Dr. Erik Garcia, Physician and Medical Director at H.O.A.P. Clinic in Worcester, has long been an agent of social justice and health equity in our community. Dr. Garcia’s work has been a crucial piece of building a foundation to provide comprehensive, dignified care to people who are experiencing homelessness, substance abuse disorders, or mental illness. Dr. Garcia joined the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (WAASE) Task Force in 2013, and later served as Co-Chair of WAASE. He has worked to raise awareness about how to identify and provide trauma informed care to survivors of domestic violence in the medical community both nationally and regionally.

As the Chief Empowerment Officer at T. Lee Associates and the Associate Director of Multi-Cultural Education at College of the Holy Cross, Robert Jones is dedicated to teaching students from all walks of life about nonviolence. Mr. Jones is a certified senior trainer in Kingian Nonviolence, and has conducted over 40 two-day workshops for community leaders, youth, and various religious groups. He founded Project Respect – a program that focuses on leadership skills, college preparation, and academic achievement for young people. Mr. Jones is also a Senior Training Facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League, where he has trained more than 10,000 students and teachers through an anti-bullying program. Most recently, Mr. Jones founded TYBE2 (Together Reconciling Your Behavior. Education, and Emotion) of Men in Framingham’s Pelham Apartments – a program where college-aged males assist in mentoring young men ages 8-14, and stress the importance of nonviolence, health, and perseverance to achieve their dreams.

Edward N. Karcasinas Jr., head of the Domestic Violence Unit in the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, was born and raised in Worcester. He has spent more than 20 years as a prosecutor fighting for the rights of survivors of domestic violence and holding their abusers accountable. His determined advocacy in the courtroom, as well as the compassion and respect he gives to each survivor he works with, exemplify what it means to be a “Great Guy.”  Mr. Karcasinas is the co-chair of four High Risk Domestic Violence Response Teams in Worcester County. He is also a member of the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, the City Manager’s Coalition Against Bias and Hate, and the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

Join the YWCA Central Massachusetts on October 17, 2016 to honor these three “Great Guys” at the Daybreak Breakfast. The Daybreak Breakfast will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the College of the Holy Cross Hogan Campus Center. In addition to the Great Guys Awards Presentation, guest speaker Dr. Heather Forkey will discuss how domestic violence can affect children and what we can do to stop the cycle of domestic violence.

CLICK HERE to read the article in the Telegram & Gazette.

Hooping in the Park

September 14th, 2016

Join YWCA’s resident hooper on Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, October 29 for a fun, energetic hooping activity! Learn how hoops are made, then learn how to hoop in a fast-paced activity with music, tricks, choreography, and more! This activity is perfect for kids ages 8-12. Parents and siblings of all ages are also invited to participate.

Download a Flyer

YWCA Honors 5 Central MA women with the Katharine F. Erskine Award

April 26th, 2016

2016 Erskine Award Recipients 

Community Awareness Event

April 7th, 2016

Community Awareness Event – Domestic Violence

Karen Riley-McNary, Director of Community Intervention, remarks on a current domestic violence issue.

January 7th, 2016

Karen Riley-McNary, Director of Community Intervention, remarks on a current domestic violence issue



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