February 2012


YWCA Honors Series
features Inger Miller, Olympic Gold Medalist

Join the YWCA in honoring Inger Miller. Inger will be sharing some of the highlights and accomplishments of her life--from being an Olympic Gold Medalist to owning her own business.

Inger Miller is widely recognized for her accomplishments as a professional athlete in track and field. Inger began competing in track and field during her early years. She graduated from Pasadena's John Muir High School with a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Southern California. Miller's professional athlete career began in 1993, following in the steps of both her mother and father. During the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Miller won her first gold medal and later won four World Championship gold medals.

Inger owns and operates Miller-Hawkins Productions (MHPevents), which was founded in 2002. Miller-Hawkins Productions is a full service event planning company located in Altadena. MHPevents has been honored by Assemblymember Anthony Portantino as California's Small Business of the Year and Top 40 under 40 by Pasadena Magazine. Miller is also the President of the Altadena Chamber of Commerce.

You don't want to miss out on this inspiring and empowering YWCA Honors event with Inger Miller! Register today by going to www.ywca.org/IngerMiller

When: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Neighborhood Unitarian Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA
Cost: General Admission tickets are $45 and include wine and appetizers, $55 at the door.

To honor Inger, Special Friend tickets are available at $100.
Special Friends will be listed in the event program.

Write Checks to: YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley
Mail Checks to: YWCA, 1200 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
Purchase Tickets: Online at
or with Crystal Hernandez at 626-296-8433

Help Us Win! Vote for the
YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley TODAY!

We have entered the "Good Maker: Let's Make Good Happen" challenge and we need YOUR help! Please click on the link below and vote for our idea TODAY! Only a few days left to vote!

YWCA Self-Defense: Be Aware, Get Healthy!
The YWCA would like to implement a self-defense class for women and youth of all ages. This class would help promote mental, physical and emotional health. A self-defense class would educate women and youth on safety, while granting the opportunity to participate in a physical fitness activity. CLICK HERE and vote for the YWCA every day until Tuesday, February 7th!

Free Technology Courses for Girls & Women!

In an effort to prepare our girls and women for the job market, the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is offering beginning and intermediate computer courses. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, future growth projections indicate that computers, software, and applications for information technology will continue to impact the employment opportunities for women and is a driving force of the economy.

To kick off 2012, the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is offering additional TECHGyrls classes for elementary, middle and high school girls. As well as, an Adult Computer Learning Course for women over the age of 18. Classes began the week of January 9th and enrollment will continue until June 2012. TECHGyrls courses are age appropriate and cover topics such as internet safety, social media awareness and Microsoft Office in a fun and exciting way. The TECHGyrls program objectives are 1) Increase confidence in the use of technology 2) Increase the knowledge of vocational computer programs 3) Increase confidence in the ability to manage personal finances and 4) Increase knowledge of business practices. Like the TECHGyrls classes, Adult Courses utilize appropriate software that promotes mastery learning, problem solving and a classroom experience that is student centered. All courses are free and are available for participants who reside in the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley service area. TECHGyrls courses are 12 weeks and space is limited. The Adult Computer Learning Courses are 5 weeks. Currently, both courses have open enrollment, so Register Now!

For more information about how you can enroll in any of the upcoming TECHGyrls classes or the Adult Computer Learning Course contact Shanetta Robinson – Program Director at 626.296.8433 ext. 13 or srobinson@ywca-pasadena.org.


The Social Action Committee of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Pasadena Alumnae Chapter invites you to meet Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan!
at the Ella Room at Noor
260 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA
(2nd Floor at Paseo Colorado)

Alisha's debut book about her life's journey, "No Apologies: Powerful Lessons in Life, Love and Politics" www.noapologies.com

A rising star on the national scene, Alisha Thomas Morgan made history in 2002 as the first African American elected to serve in the Georgia House of Representatives from Cobb County. First elected at age 23, she is now serving in her fourth term. Morgan is a sought after speaker and trainer whose story inspires audiences of all ages. Her powerful message of overcoming obstacles and achieving the impossible has reached audiences including Harvard University, Yale University and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

She has received numerous awards including the "Most Honorable Elected Official” award from the National Action Network and the “Unsung Heroine” award by the Anti -Defamation League. Ebony Magazine listed her as one of the nation’s leaders under 30. Essence called her “One of Fifteen Women of the New Power Generation.” She’s been featured in Marie Claire magazine as one the women who has “Made it by 30 and You Can Too!” A graduate of Spelman College earning a B.A. in Sociology and Drama, she is married to David L. Morgan and they have a daughter Lailah and son Rashaan.

Celebrate Black History Month this February!

Each February, Black History Month is nationally observed in honor of celebrating the past and present achievements of African Americans. Historically, Black History Month began as "Negro History Week" by Carter G. Woodson in 1926. The goal of this week was to educate the American people about African-American history, focusing on African Americans' cultural backgrounds and reputable achievements.

Black History Month was officially recognized in 1976 and has been observed each February thereafter. The purpose of this recognized month is to promote awareness of African American history to the general public. Many communities host Black History Month parades and various other events; Pasadena will be hosting the 30th Annual Black History Parade & Festival on February 18, 2012, at the Jackie Robinson Park. Within schools, thousands of students at the Elementary, Middle, High and University levels are taught a great deal of African American history during the month of February.

The YWCA reminds you to please take a moment during the month of February to read a book, watch a film, or read an article--remember those who have been there first hand during the trials and triumphs in African-American history. Racism continues to exist today, and it is important for us to spread awareness in order to understand, and ultimately, eliminate racism in our communities forever!


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