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YWCA Boston, Inc. General Information 140 Clarendon Street, Suite 403 Boston, MA (617) Website Organization Contact Leigh Chandler Year of Incorporation Statements & Search Criteria Mission Statement YW Boston's mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace justice, freedom and dignity for all. Background Statement YW Boston focuses on bridging the significant social divisions within Boston. We are working to incrementally and measurably reduce systemic racial and gender disparities and improve social cohesion in Boston neighborhoods where health, educational and safety inequities are most significant. Working across racial, gender, economic and religious divides, we strive to: Identify and measure disparities and/or social cohesion gaps in public health, education and safety in Boston neighborhoods. Work with beneficiaries, direct service providers, leaders and organizations to: -Change individual thinking, behaviors and actions; -Increase access to and use of health services, public education and police services; -Improve institutional activities, practices and policies that perpetuate disparities that negatively affect Boston s most vulnerable populations; and -Develop partnerships with key individuals and at crucial leverage points to affect institutional and systemic change. For nearly 150 years, YW Boston has focused on working with direct service beneficiaries. Recently we have added work with service providers and community leaders as well, in order to effect systemic change. Our Vision of Success includes: More leaders are challenging their organizations practices and policies to reduce disparities based on class, race, and gender. More adults and teens are working together to make positive social changes in their communities. More youth are on track academically and developing a positive self-concept and identity. Since 1866 YW Boston has had a strong history of developing new approaches to solving social issues and addressing the needs of the community s marginalized populations including women, people of color and the poor. Today, YW Boston is the only organization in the city systemically working for social, racial and gender equity. Where health, educational and safety disparities are most significant, YW Boston is working to improve social cohesion and link residents to resources and each other. Our programs are offered primarily in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, the South End, and Jamaica Plain. YW Boston brings together those who receive services, service providers, and leaders to unravel stereotypes and increase and communication between individuals. Impact Statement YWCA Boston works for social, racial, and gender equity. We strive to: increase access to better health, make neighborhoods safer for everyone, and close the educational achievement gap. We bridge divides, bringing together women and men, adults and youth, communities and companies, to make a better Boston. 2 Needs Statement The mission of YW Boston is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Each local YWCA is autonomous, and interprets the mission as appropriate to its own location circumstances. In 2011, with the help of The Boston Foundation and the Bridgespan Group, YW Boston explored how the national mission would best be applied to Boston. We found a city of paradox with a growing divide among economic classes and races. For example: Despite increasing diversity, underlying racial and gender stereotypes and segregation still permeate many of Boston s institutions and public services. Numerous studies show that unconscious and conscious personal biases held by predominantly white and middle- and upper-class service providers and organizational leaders perpetuate systemic and institutional inequities for people of color, low-income women and other marginalized populations. (Boston Public Health Commission, 2005; Achievement Gap Presentation of Boston Public Schools, 2010; MA Department of Corrections, 2009). YW Boston is committed to improving individual awareness and education, facilitating social cohesion, and mobilizing stronger social, civic and professional networks to change institutional activities, practices, and policies. CEO/Executive Director Statement YWBoston has 150 years of experience serving the needs of Boston's most marginalized populations. Our longevity is due to ongoing adaptations to meet the changing needs of Boston s residents, and our experience brings us to these truths: Direct service alone is not enough to create deep and lasting social change. Serious racial, gender, and social disparities still exist and profoundly affect the quality of life of all Bostonians. Boston is a city of great paradox. We have some of the finest hospitals and medical research facilities in the country, yet research shows we have some of the poorest public health outcomes. We are home to world-class educational institutions, but also to a widening education achievement gap. We are a city with ever increasing racial diversity, yet one of the nation s most racially segregated urban areas. For these reasons, YW Boston is working to improve racial equity, gender equity, and social cohesion throughout Boston. We are targeting areas with the greatest needs, and in which we are already positioned to make major impact: health, education, and public safety. We work with individuals to improve beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. And we work with service providers and institutions including the Boston Public Schools, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, the Boston Police Department, and the Boston City Council to change policies that perpetuate disparities. YWCA Boston is pioneering this model of systemic work, and we are contributing to national research into successful program models and evaluation for creating measurable, positive social change. Service Categories Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C. Youth Development Programs Community Health Systems 3 Geographic Areas Served Our staff travel all around the city and throughout the Greater Boston area to deliver our programs in community settings where they are needed most. By building up knowledge, skills, and relationships within communities, we ensure that systemic change will continue long after our program session ends. We have cultivated deep and long-lasting relationships in the neighborhoods we serve, which allows us to reach those most in need of our services. We are actively expanding our service area to meet the need in neighboring communities. Please review online profile for full list of selected areas served. 4 Programs Women's Health Description Women s Health & Wellness provides health care access, health literacy education, and referral and reminder services to underserved women, with services provided in Spanish and Haitian Creole, as well as English. Small group workshops are held at churches, community centers, health centers, and housing associations. Additionally, one-on-one education is offered to women attending mammogram screening on the Mobile Mammography Van, operated by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which visits community health centers where on-site screening is not available. Finally, reminder services are offered by telephone and text message. Budget Category Population Served Program Short Term Success Program Long term Success Program Success Monitored By Health Care, General/Other Patient Education Minorities, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees In addition to key health information, women in our workshops learn skills that empower them in all aspects of their lives. They also benefit from the supportive group setting of the workshop. Following the workshop series, women have reported such changes as: Recognizing and making healthy choices; Prioritizing personal physical, emotional, and mental health; Getting recommended screenings; Sharing information with physicians; Acknowledging drug abuse; and Addressing abusive relationships. The ultimate goal of the program is to significantly reduce health disparities for women in traditionally underserved populations in Boston including: people of color, people who are economically disadvantaged, and immigrants. We have a particular focus on decreasing breast cancer mortality rates through prevention and early intervention. YWCA Boston uses a sophisticated database system called Efforts to Outcomes (ETO ) to track all its program activities and outcomes. ETO allows us to track individual participants over time, and to compile aggregate demographic information. Our staff members enter new data into the system at the conclusion of every program activity. Staff members also collect and record information about the women present at each workshop, and those who enroll in the text reminder service. Following a workshop, each participant completes an evaluation form; that feedback allows us to assess our educational effectiveness and guide future programming and materials. 5 Examples of Program Success After our health and wellness workshops: 81% of women know how to improve their self-esteem when it's low; 83% of women feel comfortable performing a self-breast exam correctly 94%; of women feel confident dealing with conflict in their relationships. Girls' Health Description Girls Health & Wellness provides gender-specific health literacy education to under-served girls and young women ages Education is offered in workshops and held where girls gather, for example at schools, youth clubs, and after-school programs. Budget Category Population Served Program Short Term Success Program Long term Success Program Success Monitored By Examples of Program Success Health Care, General/Other Patient Education K-12 (5-19 years), Minorities, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent In addition to key health information, girls in our workshops are taught skills needed to navigate the complexities of their worlds. Girls leave the series with improved skills in: Effective reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving; Interpersonal communication and negotiation; Building and maintaining healthy relationships; Comprehensive health behaviors, including exercise strategies, healthy eating, hygiene basics, and safe sex practices; and To ensure the effectiveness of our workshop series, we follow up with girls after the program to check on the progress on their self-identified health behavior commitments. The program's ultimate goal is to decrease health disparities for underserved girls. We provide comprehensive health and wellness information while encouraging and empowering girls to take control of their own health, speak up for themselves and their peers, and develop healthy behaviors that will continue to serve them as they grow to adulthood. Recognizing the importance of measuring the impact of our programs, YW Boston tracks individual participants over time to determine the changes in knowledge, attitude, and behavior attributable to our programs. We also compile aggregate demographic information. To measure outcomes for our Girls' Health program, we collect pre- and post-workshops assessments from every participant. Comparing the two allows us to measure increases in health knowledge and self-reported improvements in healthy behaviors. After our health workshops: 64% more girls know how to properly use protection during sexual activity; 85% of girls know how to navigate conflict in relationships; and 86% of girls are comfortable seeking help from a trusted adult in a relationship conflict. 6 Youth/Police Dialogues Description Broken trust between police and residents decreases community safety and can have devastating consequences. Despite a shared goal of safer neighborhoods, improving police-community relations remains challenging, particularly for communities of color that have suffered the consequences of this mistrust for generations.our Youth/Police Dialogues provides a safe, structured way for young people from these communities and police officers to come together, speak openly, and rebuild trust. Our Youth/Police Dialogues illuminates barriers between the youth and the officers and has them work together to brainstorm solutions. The four to six session curriculum covers topics critical to rebuilding positive relations, including stereotypes youth and police have of each other and the stop snitching culture and how to change it. Dialogues are highly interactive and structured to increase trust and build relationships, using group-generated agreements, role play activities, and 1-on-1 conversation. Budget Category Population Served Program Short Term Success Program Long term Success Program Success Monitored By Examples of Program Success Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Ethnic Groups' Rights & Racial Equality Adults, Adolescents Only (13-19 years), At-Risk Populations Through Youth/Police Dialogues, conflict between youth and police is reduced as understanding, trust, and cooperation increase. Youth that participate in the Dialogues series report: Increased comfort in talking to policeincreased sense of safety having police in their neighborhoodgreater willingness to report a crime Police officers that participate in the Dialogues series report: Increased consciousness of racial dynamicsgreater effort to interact with youth outside of conflict settingsincorporating learning from the series into their policing Our Youth/Police Dialogues provides a safe, structured way for young people from these communities and police officers to come together, speak openly, and rebuild trust. Data collection and analysis is critical to the success of all our programs. We use Efforts to Outcomes, the industry standard program-data management system, to track the progress of individual participants over time and more accurately measure our outcomes against our goals. For both Dialogues programs, we require all participants to fill out a pre-dialogue and post-dialogue assessment survey. By comparing the two, we measure the change in knowledge, attitudes, and intended behaviors that result from the Dialogue experience. Last year, Youth/Police Dialogues served 182 at-risk youth and of these participants 89% of youth are more likely to report a crime and 94% report that they would feel comfortable speaking to an officer. 71% of police say they now approach policing differently. 7 LeadBoston Description LeadBoston is an executive education program focused on the inner workings of Boston, trends and issues that impact the city s social and economic vitality, and socially responsible leadership. Organizations that sponsor participants have found that their delegates are more effective in solving challenging problems, making business decisions, managing conflict, and leading an increasingly diverse workforce. Budget Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Population Served Adults,, Program Short Term Success Program Long term Success Program Success Monitored By Examples of Program Success LeadBoston alumni attest to the lasting impact of the program in their personal and professional lives. Specifically, professionals that participate in LeadBoston will gain: A valuable network of diverse, high-caliber professionals and access to continuing education and events; Greater understanding of Boston through experiential learning; Strengthened skills in complex problem solving and management; and The ability to be change makers for good in their organization and their community. Sponsoring an employee to participate in LeadBoston is not a donation, but an investment. The companies, nonprofits, and public agencies that sponsor a professional to attend LeadBoston will benefit from: Employees' increased problem solving and management skills; Access to a broadened network of local leaders; Raised visibility for civic engagement; and Increased employee engagement and loyalty. LeadBoston alumni will form and maintain a strong cross-sector network for affecting positive social change in Boston. They will use their training in diversity and social justice, as well as their professional acumen and influence, to engage in socially responsible leadership. Individually and collectively they will advocate for and attain greater diversity in the workplace and improved health, education, and safety outcomes for Boston's residents. YWBoston understands the importance of measuring program outcomes in order to maximize results. The primary tracking tool for LeadBoston is a self-evaluation that participants complete at the beginning of the program and again at the end; comparing the two sets of responses allows us to measure change over time. We also administer surveys at the conclusion of each program day and make modifications based on that feedback. After LeadBoston, graduates report that they are: 89% building teams and partnerships across gender, racial, class, or organizational lines; 93% challenging assumptions; and 93% advancing diversity and inclusion at their organization. 8 Youth Leadership Initiative (InIt) Description The Youth Leadership Initiative (InIt) is designed to develop young leaders who have a strong understanding of social justice and leadership skills, and support them as they implement projects that further race and gender equity and build community. InIt is a ten-month program for youth, which focuses on leadership development, 21st century workplace skills attainment, community building, and civic engagement. Budget Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years),, Program Short Term Success Program Long term Success Program Success Monitored By Examples of Program Success InIt is nationally recognized for its best practices in cultivating social and emotional learning skills such as teamwork, empathy, emotion management, responsibility, initiative, and problem solving in its participants. These life skills have been identified as essential for young people to thrive in college and in today's workforce. Students graduate from InIt with new perspectives, relationships, and skills that benefit them in all areas of their lives. Specifically, students gain: In-depth understanding of social justice and how to affect positive change in their schools and communities; Meaningful connections with peers from different racial, religious, socio-economic and geographic backgrounds; Leadership and workplace skills like public speaking, time management, workshop facilitation, and communication skills; and Connection to a large network of InIt alumni who are local leaders. The ultimate goal of the InIt program is to encourage and support young people in becoming socially-responsible leaders for a lifetime. InIt participants create positive social change in their schools and neighborhoods through their personal leadership commitments, as well as their team efforts. As a result of the work undertaken by InIt youth to improve their communities, the program has exponential impact. YWCA Boston is committed to tracking short and long-term outcomes to ensure the program remains relevant and effective, and can show longitudinal results. On an ongoing basis, we incorporate feedback from InIt alums, and administer frequent participant evaluations, including pre- and post- program Immersion Week and program day surveys. Youth are asked to complete an additional leadership capacity self-evaluation after they graduate. After graduating from InIt, students report: 71% knowledgable of how to create a social justice workshop for peers; 71% speaking up when peers, parents, or friends make prejudiced comments; and 92% above average ability to participate in dialogue with people ho
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