At the YWCA Princeton, we know we must remain bold and iconic in our mission!
We continue to eliminate racism and empower women, locally and globally, in tandem with YWCA USA and the World YWCA! One such example is our Stand Against Racism, an initiative started here and now administered from our national offices in Washington, DC. Another is the World YWCA’s Envision 2035 Report, finalized in 2015 when its Board Members engaged with us in Princeton. They proceeded to the United Nations, and we embarked on a breast cancer mission trip to India!
Yes, India! Our Breast Cancer Resource Center continues to grow. In collaboration with D&R Greenway, we expanded BCRC to 2 Preservation Place while keeping a presence here at 59 Paul Robeson Place. Driving this relationship is the interconnectivity of nature and health. This growth project has also influenced our English Literacy Efforts (our Bilingual Nursery School and English as a Second Language Program.) Our YWCA is the first non-profit in our State to be certified as a High School Equivalency Testing Center. We now administer the HiSET® test, developed by ETS, in English and Spanish.
Concurrently, our Robotics Camp won the STEM Uncovered Video Competition at the National Afterschool STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Summit! This achievement helped fuel the formation of competitive All-Girls Robotics teams in the FIRST Lego League®. Princeton University, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and Princeton HealthCare System helped with volunteers and space. SES has signed on as a major sponsor of this initiative.
More than 5,000 people walk through our doors each year! Our mission touches thousands of lives annually in the form of child care, dance, arts & crafts, book clubs, educational lectures & seminars, wellness classes and a Newcomers Club that welcomes participants from all over the world. As we embrace another year, we hope you will keep us true to our purpose by becoming a member and/or donor, or by renewing and revitalizing your participation.