Ensuring that we are focused on our mission!
By Shari Harrell, Interim Executive
The YWCA Board of Trustees met on
December 1, 2020 at the Kent State Trumbull Campus with an outside
facilitator to continue the process to bring us out of our two year
transition into a future of hope, vision and focus. We have
continued to learn from this valuable experience, and to delve
deeper into our strategic plan to insure that we are true to our
mission as we design our services and programs and seek funding to
We hold true to the
mission of empowering women and the elimination of racism, wherever
it exists. Within that mission we further developed our vision for
the YWCA of Warren. The vision of YWCA of Warren is to be
recognized as a community leader in improving the lives of
young girls, women and their families, and to serve as a pioneer in
leading this community to understand and appreciate human diversity
in all its forms.
We have worked
diligently to strategically determine the steps that will lead us to
our vision, and they are as follows:
First and foremost,
we need to insure that the community knows that the YWCA is open and
serving this community. Now that we are rebuilding our staff they
will be active participants in committees that help to serve women
and children in this community. Furthermore, and most exciting to
us, is that we are going to begin an image campaign that will allow
us to share with the community how the YWCA has proudly chosen to
again focus our services within our mission.
we will develop programs directly related to the mission of the
YWCA. More importantly, we are driven by the interests and needs of
this community. We will empower women
by creating programs that enhance their leadership and personal
growth. We will empower women to enter careers which used to be predominantly
male driven, such as plumbing, electrical,
construction, etc. We will empower girls through exposure to
quality leadership trainings and opportunities to be a part of Peer
Mentoring, a Girls Café, and YW-Teens.
We will work to eliminate
racism in this community by forming a coalition of diverse
members who will provide a broad base of expertise and sensitivity
in the creation of a cultural diversity and sensitivity training.
This culturally rich and stigma free training can later be provided
to schools, businesses and other organizations to insure that we are
addressing the differences in culture that exist here in Trumbull
we will remain a fiscally responsible organization. We have already
begun to seek funding through grants and foundations that will help
to support the programming that we have designed.
we will maintain an effective and dedicated Board of Trustees that
is representative of this community. Additionally, we would like to
develop a Junior Board of young women who will take part in fund
raising efforts that benefit programming for the youth in this area.