Upcoming Events

19th Annual Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism & Promote Diversity
To promote progress toward a more equal society, YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Inc. will hold the 19th Annual Day of Commitment on Thursday, April 27 at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse with this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Daria Willis, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Onondaga Community College. Themed “A Real Conversation: Addressing the Barriers to Progress in CNY,” the event will include a morning training session — the Community Advocacy and Diversity Workshop Program taught by local community experts. The trainings will equip participants with the tools to contribute to the event’s larger goal of working to eradicate racism and form a more inclusive and equitable society. The following community leaders will be presenting at this year’s workshop program:
  • Dominic Robinson, vice president of economic inclusion and director of Work Train at CenterState CEO & Dan Cowen, deputy director of economic inclusion
  • Barrie Gewanter, executive director of the Onondaga County/Syracuse Human Rights Commission
  • Bridget Owens, human rights specialist at the Onondaga County/Syracuse Human Rights Commission
  • Mattie Barone, LGBT program supervisor at ACR Health
  • Emad Rahim, Kotouc Endowed Chair, Fulbright Scholar, Belleview University
  • Ocesa Keaton, director of Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E.
Following will be a luncheon including speakers and the induction of this year's class to the YWCA Academy of Diversity Achievers. The public is welcomed and encouraged to purchasetickets for the event. Find out more about the Day of Commitment here.
Girls Summit:
S.T.E.M. Career Exploration Day

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Where: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Who: Girls in grades 6-10 are invited to participate

What: Participants will attend hands-on workshops led by experts in our community about a variety of STEM topics throughout the day and a panel discussion about the high school-to-college transition at the end. The event is organized by Girls Inc. at the YWCA in collaboration with SUNY ESF, Syracuse University, Syracuse University's STEP (Science, Technology Entry Program), and New York State CSTEP (Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program).

Cost: $5, Lunch is provided

How to Register: Fill out this form and mail/drop off/call in $5 registration fee to the YWCA. A paper registration form is also available on our website or by stopping into the YWCA.

Interested in getting involved?
We are currently seeking volunteers for Girls Summit for positions such as:
  • group guides,
  • registration and reporting, and
  • logistics.
Register as a volunteer here.
SLUT: The Play by Katie Cappiello
Stop by the YWCA Friday, April 7 at 5:30 PM to support Syracuse StopSlut Week with a viewing of "SLUT: The Play" by Katie Cappiello, developed in collaboration with the Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company. Admission is FREE!

Soccer for Success

The YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County Inc. has been awarded a grant of $65,000 from the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Trinity Health. The grant will be used to offer the Foundation’s Soccer for Success after-school mentoring program in Syracuse, positively impacting the happiness and health of participating children. Soccer for Success teaches kids the fundamentals of soccer while striving to help them establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills. The program, which is free to participants, is proven to positively impact children aged 5-12 on developing their physicality and health-conscious knowledge. The YWCA is working in association with the Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department, Syracuse Silver Knight Foundation and Catholic Charities on this programming. Syracuse families and individuals interested in learning more about signing up can contact Rick Sauter atrsauterywca@cnymail.com or by calling the YWCA at 315-424-0040.
Hoops & Dreams: Spring 2017
Hoops & Dreams, a program of Girls Inc at the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County Inc. in partnership with the Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation, has begun its Spring session for girls ages 8-12. This program helps girls build a foundation for enjoying sports, adventure, and physical activity, using basketball as a tool to teach athletic skills, health, wellness, teamwork, and healthy habits. So far, players have had an exciting time getting to know each other and becoming more confident playing basketball. They have learned the fundamentals of dribbling and passing and will be learning more about shooting, offense, and defense in the coming weeks. The players have also had fun participating in a variety of Girls Inc. curriculum activities that seek to empower girls and combat gender stereotyping. For more information about this program and its upcoming sessions, contact Liz Wierbinski atlwierbinskiywca@centralny.twcbc.com or call the YWCA at 315-424-0040.
This Girl Can
Girls Inc at the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County Inc. and Lockheed Martin have been delivering STEM programming for the past several weeks, where girls are exploring, asking questions, and solving problems. While learning the Engineering Design Process, participants will be experimenting with hover shoes, roller coasters, and robotics! Girls will also visit engineers at Lockheed Martin Syracuse.

For more information, contact Kari Simpkins at
girlsincteen@cnymail.com or call the YWCA at315-424-0040.
Women's Residence
Case managers Nora Putman, Stephanie Busby, Dawn Greene, and Lavergne Harden with Candace Edwards, a resident honored at our annual Spirit of American Women event last November.
The participants of the Women's Residence Life Skills course have been working hard! Last year, 78% of the Life Skills participants obtained employment and 16% enrolled in school. Congratulations to these powerful women!

Do you know a woman in need of supportive housing? Our Women's Residence Program may be just the right fit for them. We provide housing, case management services, and on-site workshops and support groups for our residents. For more information call the YWCA Women's Residence at 315-471-9480.
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