Evanston/North Shore

Community Partnerships

Cradle to Career Initiative

Much deeper than anything we've been part of before, the Cradle to Career initiative is "an effort to mobilize our community assets to make a lasting difference in the lives of our community's children and youth."  We are committed to this bold vision, and together with leaders from Childcare Network of Evanston, Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston Township High School, McGaw YMCA, Peer Services, Second Baptist Church and Y.O.U., recognize that in order to truly change the course of young lives in our community, we must bring together the collective resources of our community-based organizations.

Evanston Swims! and Make A Splash

In an effort to ensure that every child in our lakefront community learns to swim, we second grader in District 65 has access to free swimming instruction, we have partnered with McGaw YMCA. Studies have shown that 53% of Evanston second graders cannot swim at all, a fact that the program, Evanston Swims!, seeks to address.

One Wednesday a month throughout the school year, YWCA Flying Fish swim staff and volunteers work with 160 children in the water both at the YWCA and at donated pool space at Three Crowns Park. Volunteers also work with children in the classroom on related activities, and volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxilary come in at the end of the year to teach water safety basics.

The goal is to provide exposure so children learn to be safe in and around the water and develop an interest in further instruction. The YWCA firmly believes that all children in our community, for their health and for their survival, should learn how to swim. 

City of Evanston partnerships

  • Women Out Walking
  • Financial Literacy for General Assistance clients

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day has been recognized for well over a century in celebrations around the world. Our local celebration provides an opportunity for our communities to join with millions across our globe to collectively reflect on the economic, political and social progress women have made both globally and locally.

In addition to celebrating how far women have come, it is also a day to listen, learn and reflect. And while we must acknowledge how much has changed, we also know there is still so much that needs to be done to achieve gender equity and an end to violence against women. Our International Women's Day celebration is also a call to action: it is an opportunity to link our arms and raise our collective voices to work together to harness the power and strength of women and girls so they can reach their fullest and highest potential.


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