*YWCA is using the “label” womxn to encompass a broader range of identities than woman. YWCA Olympia programs welcome women, girls, Two-Spirit, gender non-binary, and queer folks who are compelled to participate in a femme centered space.
For the 24th year, YWCA Olympia seeks to celebrate inspiring South Sound community members during our annual Womxn of Achievement Celebration on November 10. We invite you to join us in honoring the amazing accomplishments of womxn in our community.
YWCA Olympia is a non-profit, multi-service organization that has served girls, womxn and their families in the South Sound since 1945. The agency has worked tirelessly to change history—from civil rights to womxn’s rights, from advocacy for womxn’s health care to an end to violence against womxn and girls.
While the YWCA USA and its affiliates across the country are all united under the broad mission of eliminating racism and empowering womxn, YWCA Olympia’s local mission is to eliminate racism and sexism to advance the social, political and economic status of all womxn and girls. We accomplish this by providing direct service to individuals, educating the community on relevant issues, and conducting advocacy to promote systemic change. All YWCA Olympia activities are aligned with our three strategic platform areas: Empowerment & Economic Advancement, Health and Safety, and Racial Justice. Within these three platforms, we currently operate eight programs, serving more than 13,000 people annually.
Girls Council: Gender-responsive navigation, case management, and community engagement for adolescent girls and young womxn who have experienced trauma, those who are juvenile justice involved, and those who are at risk of system involvement
Intercultural Foundations: Working to dismantle systemic oppression and build intercultural competency, equity and inclusion in groups, organizations and businesses in our community.
Girls Circle: Evidence-based peer support groups for adolescent girls and young womxn experiencing mental and/or behavioral health challenges
Girls Only Active Learning (GOAL): Gender-responsive adaptation of Aggression Replacement Training
Womxn’s Economic Empowerment: Comprehensive work-based job training, career development, trauma-informed healing, and case management program for womxn of all ages
Youth Advisory Board: Leaders ages 14-21 who help guide and advise YWCA, as well as take on projects to further the empowerment of youth people.
Girls Without Limits!: Science, technology, engineering, art and math camps for adolescent girls and young womxn
The Other Bank: Hygiene items and household cleaning supplies for individuals and families
Kathleen’s Closet: Professional clothing bank
We seek 2018 nominations for each of our three strategic platform areas of Empowerment and Economic Advancement, Health & Safety, and Racial Justice.
There are several ways to nominate a 2018 Womxn of Achievement:
If you plan to submit a nomination, but are unable to do so at this time, send an email to WOA@ywcaofolympia.org and we'll send reminders to you as the deadline approaches!
Eligible Womxn of Achievement nominees must:
Reside in and/or provide service in Thurston, Lewis and/or Mason Counties
Further the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and sexism to advance the social, political and economic status of all womxn and girls
Meet the criteria for their award category listed below
Not be a current YWCA staff or Board member, or a past Womxn of Achievement Honoree
Selection: A confidential committee whose members include previous WOA award recipients will select the honorees. Honorees will be notified on or around August 31st.
Nominees will be considered based on: 1) professional or personal achievement, 2) demonstration and inspirational involvement in the community, 3) recognized as a leader in their category, 4) personal growth, and 5) how they model their life in line with the YWCA Olympia mission to eliminate racism and sexism to advance the social, political and economic status of all womxn and girls.
*Please note: All information contained in this nomination will remain strictly confidential.
1. It is STRONGLY suggested that you prepare your nomination in a Word (or other word processing form) before completing the online form. Simply COPY & PASTE to the online form before submitting your nomination.
2. Donotuse the Return key until you are ready to submit the WOA Nomination Form. Use the Tab key until you are ready to submit. When ready to submit, hit Return. If you use the return key before you are ready to send, it will be incomplete. Again, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED you prepare the nomination in Word and copy & paste.
3. If you have submitted your WOA Nomination Form correctly you will receive a confirmation message.