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June 2012

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2012 Girls Empowerment Camp
Spread the word and register today!

Our Girls Empowerment Camp gives girls a positive outlet to embark on new experiences and exposure to educational opportunities. Each week, the girls will participate in skill building activities, leadership workshops, university campus tours, community service and fun field trips. Field trips include, but are not limited to: Raging Waters, the Skirball Cultural Center, Pacific Asia Museum, Knott’s Berry Farm, Charles Drew University for Science & Medicine and various California State University’s and local Community Colleges.

The 2012 camp session will be held from July 9th to August 3rd, and will run Monday-Friday, 9AM-6PM. Register online today or feel free to stop by our office Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM, to pick up a registration packet.

Camp Fees:

"You Just Made It" - May 16th through June 7th
Half Day: $325 / Full Day: $400

"On The Late Train" - June 8th through June 15th
Half Day: $425/ Full Day: $500

Other Fee Options:
Weekly: $125 / Daily: $25

*All options include: field trips and a camp t-shirt! The full day program will run from 9AM-6PM and the half day program will run from 1PM-6PM. For more information, please contact Janee Young or Ada Rodriguez, Programs Assistants, at 626.296.8433. We hope you can join us for yet another exciting session of the Girls Empowerment Camp!

2012 Racial Justice Award

Do you know a person or business in the Pasadena-Foothill Valley area who actively speaks out against racism and encourages racial justice and interracial understanding throughout the community? If so, nominate them today for the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley 2012 Racial Justice Award! This special award will be given during the 2012 Women for Racial Justice Breakfast on Monday, October 15, 2012. Download the 2012 nomination form HERE and please return no later than Friday, June 22, 2012, 5:00PM.


YWCA Honors Beatriz Solis of
The California Endowment

On May 17, the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley honored Dr. Beatriz Solis, Director of Healthy Communities at The California Endowment during the second installment of the 2012 YWCA Honors Series. Dr. Beatriz Solis is dedicated to creating healthy communities throughout Southern California, especially in low-income, urban areas. Dr. Solis spoke of her childhood, and how her family played a large role in shaping her into the person she is today.

The YWCA Honors Series is created to inspire women and young girls throughout the local community. The event, sponsored by Wells Fargo, The California Endowment and Dignity Health (Glendale Memorial Hospital), raised funds to benefit the YWCA's programs to empower women and girls.


Save The Date!
August 23, 2012
YWCA Honors Series Features
Mariana Robles-Dalany, Ph.D

Director of Liberal Studies and Assistant Professor of Education at California Lutheran University

Mariana Robles-Dalany currently serves as the Board President of El Centro Del Accion located in Pasadena. Dr. Robles-Dalany holds a Ph.D in Urban Educational Leadership from Claremont Graduate University. She speaks on various topics, including: human development, school readiness, Latino students and success. As an accomplished singer, she engages in creative scholarship by directing and performing lecture-recitals exemplifying integrative teaching and learning.

UPDATE: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

On May 16, 2012, the House of Representatives voted to pass a version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. Unfortunately, the House version differs greatly from the Senate version, as the House version for not protect all victims.

The House version (H.R. 4970) expressly rejects protections for men and women who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and eliminates strong protections for women and children who are beaten or abused on Tribal lands by perpetrators who are not members of a particular tribe. It also removes a key requirement from the Senate version that would more easily allow victims to move from one subsidized housing program to another in order to avoid an abuser and drops an important provision that would tackle the violence that occurs on our nation’s college campuses. And these are just a few examples of the ways in which H.R. 4970 put victims of domestic abuse at further risk.

Next, House and Senate will most likely have to appoint Members of Congress to hash out the final version in a conference committee. The YWCA asks that you continue to use your voice and let the House know your stance on the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, and the importance of protecting ALL victims under this act.


Twenty years ago after the Rodney King beating, many asked “What can I do?” and the Mid-Peninsula YWCA in Palo Alto wrote this piece and distributed it to the board, staff, members, and community. Now, as we face the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin and Kendrec McDade, again many ask, “What can I do?” we have updated the list in the belief that each of us can do something on the path to racial understanding and justice. It starts with committing our personal power to the journey and never giving up.

This short list suggests ways we can all use our personal power to bring about change, and to begin anew to address racism head-on through education, programs, and action. The journey can start with a simple step, such as reading a book.

1. Read books for understanding racial issues and perspectives. A good current book is “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander.
2. Give a book which reflects diversity to your children, grandchildren, school, day care center or library. Ask your librarian for suggestions.
3. Better yet, read a book to your child/grandchild, to your child’s class or day care center or with your book club.
4. Write to your candidates. Ask what their position is and what legislation they would support (or not support) regarding immigration, affirmative action, hate crimes.
5. Write to your police chief. What training is provided for sensitivity to cultural and racial diversity? How are public grievances handled? What is their procedure for group demonstrations? What is the process for avoiding racial profiling?
6. Write to your City Council and HRC. Does your city have a human relations commission? What issues are they working on? Attend a meeting.
7. Contact your school superintendent. What kind of training is done for cultural sensitivity and bullying? At what levels? Are there written procedures for name calling, bullying? Ask for a copy.
8. Go to city council and school board meetings. Is the make-up of the elected officials diverse? Do they represent your community’s diversity? If not, why not?
9. Sit in on court proceedings for a full day’s calendar at your courthouse. Who are those brought up? For what kinds of crimes? Are the judges, attorneys, juries diverse?
10. Speak up! Don’t let racist remarks slide by. Practice responses to common put-downs ahead of time so you will be prepared. Don’t be afraid to discuss issues and take stands.
11. Contact your television stations and sponsors. Keep postcards by your tv set and send them to shows and sponsors with kudos to shows with good racial/ethnic diversity and messages or complaints about offensive shows. Or email them.
12. AND, DON’T FORGET TO SEND CONGRATULATIONS to the companies, newspapers, candidates, community leaders, teachers, parents, and youth who are speaking out and working towards racial justice. Tell them you appreciate it!

Many Thanks!

Association Ambassadors
Margaret Leong Checca
Mike Enomoto
Barbara and John Madden
Paula Stamp

President's Circle
Judy Brown
Sharon Girdner
Carolyn and Lorraine Hancock
Nancy McIntyre
Toby Osos
Peggy Phelps
Diane Quan
Anne Schimmel
Margaret Sedenquist
Marge Wyatt

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Your contribution allows us to continue to offer our community:

  • Just For Girls enrichment and development program for the school-aged young women of Pasadena
  • Racial Justice work in our community
  • Community building efforts through public dialogue and our program initiatives
  • Ensuring that women from all walks of life have a voice in our city, region and nation

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