How YWCA USA Is Evolving To Better Support Women And People Of Color
By Kathy Kaprino
After the tragedies of 9/11, I made a dramatic shift. I left my corporate life, earned a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and became a therapist in 2005. For five years, I immersed myself in therapeutic work focused on helping women, children and families. Every day during those five years, the work was extremely eye-opening (to say the least), and often heart-wrenching and deeply disturbing. I witnessed first-hand the impact of racism, discrimination, poverty and abuse on women and children. Once you see it with your own eyes, you’re compelled to take action.
During this time, I had several powerful experiences conducting workshops at a number of YWCAs in my area, and was immediately struck and impressed by the important work that the YWCA is doing to address racism, empower women, and support families.
I was intrigued to learn that, this week, YWCA USA has launched a brand awareness campaign. I connected with YWCA USA’s CEO Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, to learn more about the direction of the organization, which is one of the top 25 largest charities in the U.S., according to NonProfit Times, with total revenues of more than $775 million.
Dara shares her insights: