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.
I have always felt it is our responsibility to give back to our community and help others when we can. I started volunteering with YWCA’s Clark County CASA in 2007 and was an advocate until 2011. I enjoyed working to help families reunite, seeing parents work to regain custody, and most importantly being a voice for a child and speaking on their behalf. I feel that every person deserves to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of their race, sexual orientation, gender identification, family dynamics, or financial situation. I believe it is only through education and awareness that this can be accomplished, the YWCA’s education and support programs work to achieve these goals. I am proud to be part of the YWCA Board and to help in their mission.
As an attorney in Clark County for the last 12 years, I have seen the effects of domestic violence, mental health, and addiction on many of our most vulnerable community members. The role that members of YWCA take on to assist those community members as they navigate the justice system and try to rebuild their lives is extremely important. To empower those who are struggling requires time, commitment and an open mind to other people’s experiences. I am excited to support the YWCA as a board member as they continue to meet their goal of promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Jasmine Rucker Tolbert
Equity is at the center of my values and something I feel is important to have in every community. If we as a community go above the call to equality and remember to give people the support they need to succeed then we can all flourish. YWCA embodies equity through their programs and leadership in Clark County, which makes me proud to serve on the Board of Directors after serving on the Public Policy Committee for the last two years.