YWCA South Florida, alongside presenting partner Football UNITES™, a program of the Miami Dolphins, is launching the third annual community-wide Stand Against Racism Challenge. With YWCA USA and more than 220 other YWCAs around the country, YWCA South Florida aims to spark conversations and inspire action by educating individuals and local businesses on ways to address racial and social injustices. Registration is FREE and opens March 1. The community awareness challenge begins on April 4.
“At YWCA, we are unrelenting in our mission to grow a community of learners and to make South Florida the country’s most inclusive and equitable community,” says Kerry-Ann Royes, YWCA South Florida’s president and CEO. “It is an honor to have the Miami Dolphins partnering with us through their Football UNITES™ program. Our partnership was a natural fit as we both strive to create a more inclusive South Florida.”
Based on the premise that it takes 21 days to build a habit, YWCA has structured its Stand Against Racism Challenge as a 21-day virtual learning challenge. The purpose of the experience is to help participants develop effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with race, power, and leadership. YWCA’s web and app-based platform creates a safe space each day for participants to learn, grow, listen, and discuss the deep-seated issues of systemic racism and inequities plaguing communities of color. The ultimate goal is to create common ground and encourage action, so pushing to end racial and social injustices becomes a habit.
Each week participants will be served content to create a virtual learning experience focused on the following weekly themes including: The Power of Film & TV, The Importance of Living Wage, Understanding Reproductive Justice and What is Critical Race Theory.
The Stand Against Racism Challenge is a national movement with YWCA South Florida’s participation being the largest social justice collective learning experience in Florida. YWCA South Florida encourages locals to take the challenge and examine how racism and bias impact their lives and communities.
“YWCA’s Stand Against Racism Challenge allows everyone involved to look within and decide how they can stand up for equity and social justice in tangible ways,” says Jason Jenkins, senior vice president of communications and community affairs for the Dolphins and a YWCA board member. “Through our Football UNITES™ program, we look for community organizations that align with our mission to create a positive impact in our community. Stand Against Racism allows us all to take that journey together.”
Each day, participants will have virtual learning experiences, such as reading a relevant article, listening to podcasts, viewing trending videos, reflecting on individual experiences, and other motivational opportunities. South Floridians can join as a group, a company, or individually.
Individuals and businesses interested in participating in South Florida’s Stand Against Racism Challenge can sign up for registration updates by visiting the Stand Against Racism webpage.
Companies already registered include:
Allegany Franciscan Ministries
Alvarez & Diaz-Silveira LLP
Americans for Immigrant Justice
Bank of America
The Beacon Council
Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors & CPAs
Children’s Services Council Palm Beach
The Children’s Trust Miami
Florida Foster Care Review
Girl Power Rocks
Hispanic Unity Fund
Holland & Knight
Jack & Jill Center
LEAP for Ladies
The Miami Foundation
Miami Dade College
Overtown Youth Center
PACE Center for Girls
Social Impact Movement (SIM) Miami
Strong Girls Inc
United Way Broward
United Way Miami
Women’s Foundation FL
Women’s Fund Miami
About YWCA South Florida
YWCA South Florida seeks to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Combining direct service programming and advocacy, YWCA South Florida works across three key areas: racial justice and civil rights; empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls; and health and safety of women and girls. The organization has been at the forefront of some of South Florida’s most significant social issues since it was founded in 1921 and has worked to improve the lives of more than 3.1 million adults and children. To learn more, visit ywcasouthflorida.org.