Advocacy, Racial Justice & Civil Rights

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Social Justice Advocacy

YWCAs have been at the forefront of advocating for social change for decades. The women of the YWCA played a critical role in major movements for women’s suffrage, desegregation, affordable housing, and women’s rights. Today, we build on that legacy, continuing to advocate for justice and equity at the intersections of race and gender.

We are committed to providing opportunities for education and action. We offer advocacy trainings to groups interested in learning how to understand government and how to influence change. We lead bystander intervention trainings to help individuals become empowered to speak up when they see discrimination and sexual harassment. We work in coalitions to get out the vote and educate voters on their rights.

For more information on Advocacy and Racial Justice Programming, please contact Molly Toth at (330) 746-6361 ext. 109 or

Grassroots Training

We offer a 1.5 hour training focusing on the basics of grassroots advocacy to help you understand issues, craft strong messages, and connect with decision makers.

Bystander Intervention

Our Bystander Intervention Training empowers individuals to safely speak up when they witness identity-based harassment in public and the workplace.

Public Policy Priorities

We advocate for changes at the local, state, and federal levels that bring our mission to life.

Stand Against Racism

A signature campaign of YWCA USA to create community and build awareness in the fight for racial justice.