The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2015–2016 Community Action Grant to Girls Inc. of Worcester. The funded program, Girls Promoting Safety (GPS), is a strength-based violence prevention education program for middle school girls. Implemented in collaboration with the YWCA Central Massachusetts, GPS uses evidence-based curricula to teach girls the resiliency skills needed to avoid being victims of violence and promote healthy relationships.
The 130th Annual Meeting was held on June 25, 2015, at the Hanover Insurance building in Worcester.
Featured speakers were Etel Cappachione and Lillie Williams. Executive Director Linda Caviaioli and Board President Linda Looft gave a presentation about the new YWCA strategic plan.
Etel spoke about the YWCA influence on her personal growth as a woman, mother, leader and social justice activist. She spoke of the significant impact that the YWCA demonstrates in the community, changing the lives of women and girls, by pushing boundaries in the fight to eliminate racism and empower women.
Lillie gave a heartfelt speech about her journey through homelessness and becoming a survivor of domestic violence. Lillie proudly spoke of her accomplishments, including her recent college graduation, and her peer counseling career at a local non-profit agency.
The YWCA board and senior staff recently underwent a comprehensive strategic planning process to plan for the organization’s future. As part of the process a “Theory of Change” was developed which outlines the organization’s intent for community impact, and expected outcomes. The Theory of Change includes programmatic directions, organization development/racial justice directions, and physical plant changes.
Also members elected eight individuals(*) to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors. Additionally, officers of the Board and corporators were elected.
Board of Directors
Linda Looft, President
Micki Davis, Vice President, President-elect
Joyce Augustus, Vice President Elect
Mary Dean, Treasurer
Deborah Gavron-Ravenelle, Assistant Treasurer
Margarete Arndt, Clerk
Christienne Bik, Assistant Clerk
Linda Cavaioli, Ex-Officio
Sheila King Goodwin
Joyce McNickles, Ed.D.
Judith Ockene, PhD, M. Ed, M.A.
Yuisa Perez Chionchio*
Jane Lochrie, M.D.
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