Mission: The Young Women's Christian Association of the United States of America is a women's membership movement nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and sustained by the richness of many beliefs and values. Strengthened by diversity, the association draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership and power in order to attain a common vision: Peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. It is the vision of the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee to focus on women and girls who desire to create a better quality of life for themselves and/or their families; to achieve self sufficiency; and to increase their financial strength. The YW will also be a spokesperson for those women who have no voice. Further, we will raise the awareness concerning and diminish the incidence of violence and racism.
Geographic areas served: Middle Tennessee
Programs: Domestic violence services: fulfilling its mission of empowering women, ywca has been nashville's primary provider of domestic violence services for over 40 years. Ywca domestic violence services offer more than temporary safety - they help break the cycle of violence by offering a continuum of services, including: a 24-hour crisis and information hotline, a 51-bed emergency shelter for women and their children fleeing domestic violence, a 25-unit transitional housing program, community support groups, as well as community outreach and education. In fy17, ywca provided 16,644 nights of safety to 271 adults and 197 children, answered more than 6,200 calls to the 24-hour crisis and information line, served over 51 women and children in transitional housing.
education/family literacy services:family literacy center: the family literacy center offers four components of a comprehensive literacy program: 1) adult education; 2) children's education; 3) parent time; and 4) parent and child together time (pact). Free classes are offered to adults to earn their high school equivalency diploma, and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency. Free classes for children's education, parent time, and pact are offered to promote the growth and development of children (ages 3-5). Last year, over 500 adults were served by the program, and 70 students earned their high school equivalency diploma. 69 children increased their language and literacy, and 96 parents increased the quality and quantity of time spent reading, writing, talking, playing and listening to their child. Dress for success nashville: dress for success nashville transitions women to self-sufficiency by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help them thrive in work, home and community. A suite of services supports every phase of their professional lives, so that clients find and keep their jobs, build thriving careers, and prosper in the mainstream workplace. In fy17, dress for success provided 170 suitings.
youth services:girls inc. : girls inc. Inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Girls inc. At ywca served 340 girls in fy17 with impact.
amend: amend is ywca's initiative to engage men to reduce violence against women and girls. Amend will identify, recruit, educate, and equip coaches and athletes to serve as advocates for violence prevention and cultural change, providing positive role models for young men and boys in the greater nashville area. Amend will provide hands-on tools to help men and boys change the mentalities, language, and behaviors, thereby transforming the culture that perpetuates the violence. Amend will not only raise awareness and change mindsets, but it will also create real, measurable 4 change by educating, inspiring and equipping men and boys in the greater nashville community to take action and mend a culture that perpetuates violence against women and girls. In fy 2017, amend recruited 146 coaches to serve as advocates for amend; educated over 350 mnps students through its amend clubs; trained 865 student-athletes and 136 coaches in the ohio valley conference schools; and launched its "unsilence the violence" campaign in partnership with nashville predators and the allstate foundation.