Evanston/North Shore

Local Timeline

Milestones in YWCA Evanston/North Shore history

1931 YWCA in Evanston established as branch of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
1944 First building on Sherman Avenue opened
1947 Local YWCA independently incorporated as YWCA Evanston/North Shore
1950's/60's Maintained residence at 1458-1500 Maple Avenue to provide safe housing for single women and programming for teen girls and women
1967 Capital Campaign initiated for new building
1969 Acquired property at 1215 Church Street, and began construction on new facility to house pool, gym and classrooms
1972 Activities Building dedicated, day care and after school programming for children initiated, swimming lessons for mothers and children, recreational programs
1981 YWCA Evanston/North Shore initiates domestic violence shelter services as join project with Junior League
1983 Evanston Shelter for Battered Women and Their Children founded
1992 YWCA Flying Fish Aquatics founded, with expansion of learn to swim program
1994 YWCA Flying Fish Swim Team founded
1996 Legal Advocacy Program at Skokie Courthouse started in order to provide legal remedies to battered women
1997 Relationship Violence Prevention Program started
2000 Destiny Girls program founded
2002 Young Women’s Leadership Awards inaugurated to recognize girls for academic and athletic leadership
2004 Reaffirmation of organizational priorities: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
Unveiling of new organizational branding
Roll out of Hallmark Programs: Economic Empowerment and Racial Justice
2005 Kickin’ for the Pool Campaign initiated
Collaborated with Ricky Byrdsong Foundation to co-sponsor Ricky Byrdsong Memorial 5K Race Against Hate
Community Counseling Services and domestic violence support services for Spanish-speaking women intitiated
2006 Kickin' for the Pool Campaign completed and second pool opened
Flying Fish Aquatics Scholarship Fund formalized
YWCA Evanston/North Shore granted sole stewardship of Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate
Evanston Shelter for Battered Women and Their Children dedicated and renamed Mary Lou's Place in honor of Mary Lou Sain
2007 Young Women's Leadership Board formed
2008 Financial Literacy Program started for women in our domestic violence services.
First Annual YWomen Leadership Awards take place
2009 Relationship Violence Prevention renamed Building Healthy Relationships, and expanded to include curriculum for middle school and high school youth. Campus Dating Violence program started.
Ten year anniversary of Race Against Hate celebrated. Race expands to include a 10K, and attendance tops 3,000.
2010 Financial Literacy program expands to community.
2011 Racial Justice program formally begins with Community Conversations on Race Series, Let’s Talk at Lunch and Anti-Racism Training.
2012 YWCA leads effort to bring first celebration of International Women’s Day in Evanston in partnership with Northwestern University Women’s Center and the Woman’s Club of Evanston.
YWCA organizes first community-wide “Stand Against Racism” held in Evanston.
3-year expansion of YWCA Urban Garden begins with grant from CoBank.
Women’s initiatives expand to include development of film series and community cafes.

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