Advocacy

YWCA Michigan Cohort Advocacy Petition


The YWCAs of Michigan including: YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, YWCA Greater Flint, YWCA Kalamazoo, YWCA Metropolitan Detroit and YWCA West Central Michigan – are leveraging our collective and unified voice to advocate for the communities we serve.

At the core of our mission – eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all – YWCA believes that no one should suffer from the negative impacts of institutional and structural racism.

The YWCAs of Michigan will focus our collective efforts on the unjust treatment of people of color in our communities. We believe that when community members come together, we can come up with solutions that benefit everyone and create safer communities for all. The below agenda was adopted after seeking input from community members and partners.

We are asking local agencies and community members to stand with us and help us eliminate the disproportionate disciplinary outcomes of youth of color in schools and community, by promoting equitable policies and mandating trainings for school officials and law enforcement.

Please follow the link below to indicate your support. You can remain anonymous if you wish, and your contact information, if you choose to provide it, will only be used to provide you updates on our efforts.

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If you're not at the table, you're on the menu!


The YWCA Advocacy Committee knows that the way for women to get their voice heard in the community is to get a voice at the table. As of 2017, only ~30% of people who sat on governmental boards and commissions were women. Our goal is to have a 50% representation of women on community and governmental leadership positions by 2020. There are many options for women to become more engaged in leadership positions in the community, whether it be through governmental boards, community boards, or by becoming an elected official. We know women’s voices are important and need to be heard. If you are interested in becoming involved and being an advocate but not sure where to start, please take the our survey! We are here to help! After completing the survey YWCA GLBR will send you information based on your preferences to help connect you to the information you need to raise your voice.

Advocacy Survey

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City of Midland: Application Vacancies

City of Saginaw: Application Vacancies

Economic Status of Women in the Great Lakes Bay Region


Misty Janks


Executive Director
YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region

1104 Washington Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
mistyjanks@ywcaglbr.org
(989) 894-9055

Ann Coburn-Collins


Administrator and Instructor of Sociology
Saginaw Valley State University

7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710
acoburn@svsu.edu
(989) 964-2130

1. Institute for Women’s Policy research, 2007. The Economic Status of Women in Michigan. Washington DC: Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
2. US Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, Executive Office of the President and Office of Management and Budget for the White House Council on Women and Girls, 2011. Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-being, Washington DC.
3. US Census, 2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-year estimates.
4. US Census, 2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-year estimates. Chart B17021: Poverty status if individuals by living arrangement.
5. US Census, 2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-year estimates. Chart B17001: Poverty status by sex.
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YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region Project Summary

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