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May 13 Community Update Previews Plan to Serve More New Jersey Residents

May 13, 2019—As YWCA Bergen County marks the beginning of its 100th year of service in mid-2019, the organization announced that it will be expanding its service area to additional northern New Jersey counties and changing its name to YWCA Northern New Jersey.

In a May 13 Community Update, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, and Community Activist/Organizer and Senior Campaign Lead for Communications Workers of America Estina Baker joined YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou and Board President Hanna Salvatore to preview the organization’s plans. See a replay of the live broadcast: https://t.co/gP3jaub1qb.

The impetus for deepening the mission in Bergen County while broadening reach where needed to counties such as Essex, Hudson, Morris, and Passaic is the organization’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of women, girls, and families; supporting survivors and raising awareness about sexual violence; and achieving equality for all people.

“Our approach will be to gain a genuine understanding of needs and how we can help meet them through ongoing conversation and collaboration with local leaders, service providers, and community members,” says YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou. “As YWCA Northern New Jersey, we are energized and excited to deepen our mission in Bergen County where we will always be firmly rooted while bringing vital new programs and services to more New Jersey residents. We welcome partners and supporters who focus on specific communities or our expanded northern New Jersey service area.”

“With the expansion of YWCA Bergen County into YWCA Northern New Jersey comes incredible opportunities for growth in our communities. For generations, the YWCA has worked to address the obstacles that impact our neighbors at the intersections of race, gender and class. In Bergen County, the YWCA has made incredible strides in fighting against inequities, providing much needed programming that seeks to empower women, promote diversity and inclusion, and ensure that everyone can live a life of dignity,” says Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle. “As a legislator, I have seen firsthand the admirable accomplishments of YWCA Bergen County. I am excited to stand witness to the impact that they will have on Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Morris counties through this expansion.”

“There are few things more important than the health and wellness of our children and families,” says NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy. “The YWCA is an integral part of bringing that mission into our communities and we are grateful to see them thriving here in New Jersey.”

“Expanding our presence and social impact in additional counties throughout New Jersey will undeniably continue to engage local leaders, volunteers and communities to serve as a positive force for empowerment and equality,” says YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo. “With so many pressing issues and the growing need for services among women, girls, and families, we believe that collaboration and partnership among our sister YWCA associations in Bergen County, Princeton, and Union County is not only smart but critical to ensure that we continue to be agents of change in the communities we serve.”

About YWCA Bergen County

YWCA Bergen County (ywcabergencounty.org) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We are one of the area’s largest providers of child care services, a recognized leader in health and wellness programs, and operator of healingSPACE, Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center. Celebrating a century of commitment to our community, today we improve the lives of thousands of women, girls, and their families with the generous support of our donors. Follow YWCA Bergen County on Facebook (@YWCABergenCounty), Twitter (@YWBergen), Instagram (ywca_bc), YouTube (ywcabergencounty), and LinkedIn.

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YWCA Bergen expands to Essex, Hudson, Morris and Passaic counties by Rodrigo Torrejon, The Record / Northjersey.com

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YWCA Bergen County had another strong start to the year. Read all about how we have been engaging our community in 2018, and know how grateful we are to YOU—our donors, partners, sponsors, members & program participants—for making it all possible.

Take a look back at our accomplishments together from January through March 2018 in this quarterly newsletter.

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Together with the many wonderful individuals, businesses, organizations, community partners, and grant funders who help make our vital programs and services possible, we are advancing our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women; serving families with child care, aquatics, and wellness programs; expanding sexual assault awareness and prevention while supporting survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones; and improving the lives of women, girls, and families across our community.

Learn more in our 2017-2018 Impact Report.

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April 2, 2019—Through a grant of $11,500 from Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco and the Board of Chosen Freeholders, YWCA Bergen County Racial Justice Task Force will bring Undoing Racism® training by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.

People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.

Participants in the June 17, 18, and 19 training will be key stakeholders from diverse nonprofits, County agencies, faith-based organizations, and grassroots community groups. The focus will be on understanding where racism comes from, how it functions, why it persists, and how it can be undone.

Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning, and presentations, participants will be challenged to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and learn how to be effective organizers for justice.

According to the most recent data available from the FBI, there were 495 hate crime incidents reported in New Jersey in 2017, which is a 76% increase from the previous year and the fourth highest total in the nation. “In light of recent hate crimes that have plagued our state as well as the many we have seen on the national level, YWCA Bergen County was inspired to seek out concrete practices to address racism. We were introduced to the Undoing Racism workshop about 5 years ago and immediately knew we wanted to bring it to our community,” says YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou. “This training allows participants to engage in a comprehensive exploration on how racism shapes our institutions and communities. Our goal is to create change agents that will return to key sectors of our community to help us foster social transformation. We are grateful to have a County Executive in Bergen that doesn’t just talk about making change but puts dollars behind his commitment to eradicate racism.”

As the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond states, “Persons who work in institutions often function as gatekeepers to ensure that the institution perpetuates itself. By operating with anti-racist values, networking with those who share those values, and maintaining accountability in the community, the gatekeeper becomes an agent of institutional transformation.”

“Bergen County is proud to partner with the YWCA to help combat racism,” says Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco.  “At a time when some seek to grow division between people of different beliefs and backgrounds, both here in the United States and around the world, it is more important than ever that good people compassionately seek out those who are different, learn about each other, and become friends.  There is more that unites us than divides us. There are more of us pursuing peace and love than those who pursue hatred and violence. Bergen County’s greatest strengths is our diversity, and this new partnership will help strengthen our county, our communities, and our overall quality of life.”

Learn more about YWCA Bergen County, our Racial Justice Task Force, and Racial Justice initiatives by visiting ywcabergencounty.org/racial-justice or contact Jessica Monaco-Copell, Racial Justice Coordinator at jmonacocopell@ywcabergencounty.org or 201-881-1755.

About YWCA Bergen County

YWCA Bergen County (ywcabergencounty.org) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We are one of the area’s largest providers of childcare services, a recognized leader in health and wellness programs, and operator of healingSPACE, Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center. Celebrating a century of commitment to our community, today we improve the lives of thousands of women, girls, and their families withthe generous support of our donors. Follow YWCA Bergen County on Facebook (@YWCABergenCounty), Twitter (@YWBergen), Instagram (ywca_bc), YouTube (ywcabergencounty), and LinkedIn.

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Confidence is the best accessory any woman can wear.

It’s what makes people feel attracted to you, want to be around you.  When you exude confidence you truly discover just how freeing it can be because if you don’t even see how great you really are then how are strangers meant too?!

So what is confidence and how do we all get more of it?

Confidence is how we FEEL about our ability to accomplish something, otherwise known as self-efficacy.

The general belief we have in ourselves is paramount. Knowing and feeling that we are capable and effective not just in general but at specific tasks is what truly defines our confidence level.

Completing new projects, scoring the winning goal, nailing an interview, getting a genuine compliment all feel great and totally help us build a shield of confidence.  That shield is what helps you feel not only protected but totally badass.   It’s about the energy you exude so much so that other people want to be on your frequency.

Follow these five steps to help you create your own Confidence Shield!

  1. Be YOU– This is paramount, it’s what makes you stand out and be memorable. What makes you unique, what can you offer and how is your perspective different? Ask your bestie, your hubs, your kids, dig deep and embrace whatever it is, allow it to fuel your fire.
  2. Play up your assets– All of us have at least one physical feature we love about ourselves. Whether it be your hair, your legs, great taste in jewelry, even your shoulders, accent it and make it your focal point.  Wear cold shoulder tops with sparkle, wear your hair different every time people see you, wear bold nail strips, and so on.  Do NOT allow feeling yucky, bloated, or tired squash your goals- you got this and you are so worth it!
  3. True beauty lies within– what’s your best inner quality? Often our best qualities are not only our strengths but our weaknesses too.  Allow your inner passions and urges to guide you just not over take you.  Let others see what you’re all about and what you stand for through your words and your actions knowing that who you are right now is truly enough, in fact you are already a badass!!
  4. Practice makes progress– Be prepared, do your homework and build your repertoire of specialties and knowledge. Being experienced, resourceful and a go getter are qualities that will always convey professional confidence.  Now, you can’t possibly know every thing so it does help to #beconnected and sometimes you just have to fake it till you make it!!
  5. Repeat your mantra 10-1,000 times a day! Decide what short and sweet sentence you can say over and over to yourself to help guide your mindset to one of abundance. Something like, “Everything always works out for me” has always been one of my favorites.

Next time you’re about to call a new client, attend a networking event or even ask for a raise, arm yourself with your confidence shield and know that you are worth it. You got this girl!

About SarahWilliams: Moms Of Business was founded in 2018 by entrepreneur, Sarah Williams. With her background in psychology and luxury sales, she knew she could apply her savvy to something she could call her own but just needed help in bringing it all together!

Sarah’s ability to embrace and empower others is a special gift that she has mastered and it is now an integral part of the culture in the MOB community.

Sarah runs the MOB Network, she is also the founder/owner of Sarah’s Strategies, a specialty coaching business focusing on Facebook success, MLM team building as well as confidence and sales workshops.


Connect with Sarah:
Website: http://momsofbusiness.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/momsofbusiness/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/momsofbusiness/

Join YWCA Bergen County and presenter Sarah Williams on Jan 16th for WEN on the Go:Conquer Your Confidence 2019! Register online today! 

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November 2, 2018—YWCA Bergen County has received a $25,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, to help women overcome barriers in starting, growing, and sustaining businesses while investing in educational tools that will increase the knowledge and confidence of women entrepreneurs. As part of YWCA USA’s Women’s Empowerment 3600 (WE 3600) program, these much-needed funds aim to expand women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment services for 315 women in Bergen County.

“Receiving this grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation allows us to expand our reach and provide additional programs that support women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses. Programing opportunities will be focused on strategic training designed to help women be successful in achieving their goals and creating financial self-sufficiency for themselves and their families,” says YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou.

YWCA Bergen County was selected for the grant because of its ongoing commitment to supporting women’s entrepreneurship and business development. Nationally, YWCA has a proven track record in this type of programming and believes that by exposing women to formal programs that blend education, employment, and entrepreneurship, women will be better positioned to foster independent sources of revenue, generate wealth, and create jobs all while creating economic development in their communities.

Nationally, YWCA’s WE 3600 is designed to:

  1. Increase the capacity of 16 existing YWCA entrepreneurship programs to identify and support more women entrepreneurs;
  2. Create a scalable entrepreneurship curriculum and module based on best practices that incorporate wrap-around economic development services designed to create jobs, as well as increase the number of women and minority-owned businesses; and
  3. Position YWCA as a key national entrepreneurial advocate and resource that assists with the incubation of new businesses while meeting the needs of existing entrepreneurial women.

YWCA Bergen County is excited to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to increase women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship.

About YWCA Bergen County

YWCA Bergen County (ywcabergencounty.org) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We are the area’s largest provider of childcare services, a recognized leader in health and fitness programs, and operator of healingSPACE, Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center. Celebrating nearly a century of commitment to our community, today we improve the lives of thousands of women, girls, and their families. Follow us on Facebook (@YWCABergenCounty), Twitter (@YWBergen), Instagram (ywca_bc), and LinkedIn.

About YWCA

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families. YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for 160 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more at ywca.org.

 

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Through more than 30 years of giving back, The Coca-Cola Foundation has granted more than $900 million to help protect the environment, promote recycling, empower women and enhance the overall well-being of communities. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please visit: coca-colacompany.com/giving-back

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