I joined YWCA for both personal and professional reasons. Personally, I was a victim of domestic abuse and could have used the incredible services offered by YWCA during that horrible time in my life. Professionally, I am a strong believer and advocate for eliminating racism and empowering women and put my whole heart into this mission. Becoming a board member of YWCA has strengthened my ability to speak up and to speak out about social change. It starts with each and every one of us, to eliminate oppression, violence and racism. One day at a time.
I’ve volunteered with YWCA’s Independent Living Skills program since 2008, and joined the Finance committee in 2013. Helping foster youth who are aging out of the system navigate the complex world of being an adult is what brought me to YWCA. It’s been an amazing experience to help these young adults get a handle on managing their money, furnishing their first apartment, obtaining an education, and getting their first job. I’ve watched these brave youth successfully lobby our legislature for changes to the system that have helped make it just a little less difficult for those who follow. These gains wouldn’t be possible without the quiet heroes who work for YWCA Clark County. I believe they do more to break the cycle of family trauma than any other organization in our community. It’s an honor to serve YWCA.
Empowerment is the key to success to anyone who has been battered or abused in their life. It’s the superpower that gives you strength to get up, dust yourself off, and take charge of your life. YWCA Clark County helps people identify, develop and strengthen their superpower so that they can go into the community and help another person in need. As the saying goes, “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else.” Be empowered. Be strong. Be YOU.