YWCA Clark County to Honor Val Joshua Award Recipients at Juneteenth Celebration

June 18, 2018

Each year, YWCA Clark County recognizes those in our community who are working to end racism and oppression with the Val Joshua Racial Justice Award and the Youth Social Justice Youth Award. This year, we will celebrate Cindi Fisher and William Clark for their leadership in working toward the elimination of racism and promotion of peace, justice freedom and dignity for all.

YWCA Clark County is proud to partner with the Vancouver NAACP Branch #1139 to present the awards on June 23rd at the NAACP’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Join us at 1pm Saturday, June 23rd at Clark College to celebrate these amazing individuals, and to hear how they’ve made a difference in our community. Honorees will receive distinguished awards and the Youth Social Justice Award recipient will receive a $500 scholarship.

The Juneteenth Celebration will also feature a job fair hosted by the NAACP and WorkSource to spotlight available local livable wage jobs and a panel discussion on ending and erasing systemic racism led by several Vancouver community leaders. There will be a variety of fun and entertainment for the whole family throughout the day including best pie and NAACP t-shirt design contests, a bouncy house, face painting and crafts, music, dance by Portland’s Groovin’ Highsteppers and, free hotdogs or hamburgers for the first 75 kids.

Event Details

June 23rd, 2018 from 1:00-6:00pm
at Foster and Hannah Halls, Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98661

1:00 Val Joshua Awards Presentation
1:00-4:00 Job Fair
4:00-5:00 Panel Discussion: Where Do We Go From Here?

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About the Val Joshua Awards
The Val Joshua Award was originally given to Val Joshua in 1989 to recognize her life-long commitment and work toward eliminating racism. Learn more about the history of the awards, and see a listing of former recipients on our website.

About Juneteenth
Juneteenth celebrates the 1865 official end of slavery in the state of Texas and the resulting recognition of the Emancipation Proclamation throughout all of America. -President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, and it took effect on January 1, 1863. However, it was not publicized or acknowledged in Texas, where many slaveholders had migrated with their slaves during the war to avoid Civil War battles. The Civil War ended on April 9, 1865, when General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Apppomattox. However, news of the end of the war and of emancipation, did not reach Texas until June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with about 2000 Union troops to publicly read and enforce the proclamation. Some African-Americans began celebrating “Juneteenth” (the term is a melding of “June” and “19th”) a year after the proclamation was read in Galveston. Celebration of Juneteenth has become widespread in recent decades, and most states have recognized the holiday in some fashion.

Congratulations Heather Redman!

June 8, 2018

by Sharon Svec

In 2015, the World YWCA Council adopted a Young Women’s Leadership Policy, which confirmed the World YWCA’s commitment to the implementation of a human rights based approach to young women’s leadership, and established the Envisioning 2035 goal. The goal is, “By 2035, 100 million young women and girls will transform power structures to create justice, gender equality and a world without violence and war; leading a sustainable YWCA movement inclusive of all women.” Former SafeChoice advocate Lauren Sheridan was a part of the groundbreaking efforts, which established this goal and developed the leadership policy.

Two years later, YWCA Clark County was happy to celebrate another staff member, Heather Redman of the CASA Clark County Program who was accepted in February 2017 as a member of the Young Women’s Global Advisory Council. The Council was created to advise and drive the implementation of the Envisioning 2035 goal. More

Guest Essay by Dennis Kampe: “Volunteerism”

May 9, 2018

In appreciation of our CASA volunteers, we’d like to share this brief essay by CASA volunteer Dennis Kampe. Read below as Dennis reflects on some of his own childhood experiences and how they prepared him for a life of service towards young people. We at YWCA Clark County are so grateful for volunteers like Dennis, whose passion and dedication inspire us and help us live out our mission each and every day!

I was raised on a 25-acre farm in Ridgefield. I struggled in my early years in school, eventually failing the 4th grade. My older sister and brother were out of the house by the time I was in the 7th grade. My mother died when I was 15, and my dad drank excessively. By age 13 I was on my own and responsible for all aspects of the family farm and my life. My high school years were the most difficult and painful years in my life. More