YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

ORGANIZATION:  YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

CONTACT NAME/TITLE:   Angelica Cooper/Teen Department Program Coordinator

ADDRESS: 6907 Frankstown Avenue         

CITY:  Pittsburgh                                                  STATE:       PA                                  ZIP:   15208

PHONE:  412-365-1921                                       EMAIL:     acooper@ywcapgh.org

WEBSITE: www.ywcapgh.org


Mission of the Organization: We strengthen our community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency. We are dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


Social Justice Issue Area that your organization works in:

_X__Peace and Human Rights                       ___ LGBT rights

                  _X__Woman, Youth, and Families      __X_Racial Justice      ___Environmental Justice

_X__ Economic Justice                  ___ Disability Rights                ___Other



Two projects that we have in mind are listed below (50 words max):

1. Advocacy through the Arts

We will teach students the definition and concepts of advocacy, negotiation, leadership, collective power, social consciousness, and inclusion. Students will promote diversity and social change within their communities by advocating for a specific identifiable social problem (ex. Human trafficking, equal pay disparities, racism, etc.) through various art forms. Art forms may include but are not limited to literary works, musical works, dance, visual art, etc. Students will incorporate the arts and host a culminating event advocating change for their identified issue. They will raise funds/obtain donations through this event to donate to a group selected community or national agency that supports the issue.


2. YWCA Stand Against Racism

Friday, April 37, 2012 is the YWCA National Stand Against Racism. The Stand Against Racism is a movement of the YWCA with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life – across the country – to raise awareness that racism still exists. Students will plan and coordinate a service project to take a stand against racism which will be carried out in some fashion on (but not limited to) this day.

The maximum number of students that can work on these projects are __25_____.