YWCA South Florida works to eliminate racism in all forms, and we work to embody social justice in the South Florida community.
Systemic racism touches every aspect of the lives of black South Floridians and immigrant communities, from health access to educational equity, to economic justice. The women and communities of color we serve were already faced with challenges:
- unequal access to health care, education, and career development
- discrimination or harassment at work and in the public
- increased risk of sexual and gun violence at home or school
- racial profiling, heightened surveillance tactics, targeted enforcement strategies, and other practices that increase policing of certain racial and ethnic communities and criminalize people of color
YWCA has been in South Florida for 100 years and we have been committed to eliminating racism and empowering women, declaring racism a historic public crisis that is spotlighted this particular moment, redress the wrongs of the past, and shepherd us into a healthier, more equitable future.
We support over 5,000 women, girls, and people of color in our community by offering services that help bridge their needs gaps:
- breast and cervical cancer screenings
- high-quality early childhood education
- youth development after-school and summer camp programs
- economic empowerment and skill-building classes
We know what justice looks like because every day, we get up and do the work.