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Saturday, February 18, 2012


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3/21 Miss Representation screening at YWCA Santa Monica/WestsideThe film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. $10/ person pre-pay at:

The YWCA Santa Monica / Westside has been serving the greater Westside community since 1926. Their Vision 2020 is for the YWCA to be recognized as the premier women's growth and development organization, inspiring and sustaining a community in which women and girls learn to achieve their personal goals and contribute to the public good. Their Mission is to empower women and girls by creating opportunities for growth, progress and success. 

Programs – including early childhood development; K-12 life skills, lifelong wellness, literacy and athletics; transitional housing and education; young adult networking and career-building; parent support; and personal and professional renewal – instill confidence, capability and effectiveness in women and girls across the life cycle within a supportive, encouraging environment. In fall 2011, A Place for Parents opened the YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool, which provides a non-judgmental learning environment for children while creating a supportive and cooperative community for teachers, parents and children.  In 2012, A Place for Parents will begin offering classes and support groups for pregnant women. 
Girl Central is an individualized program for middle and high school girls providing them with the skills and tools to grow into strong, confident, and well-adjusted teenagers.  Its core components – Girls In Action Life Skills and Mentoring, MoneySmartz Financial Literacy, TECHgyrls Computer Literacy, Youth In Motion Creative Expression  – build self-esteem and confidence, heighten cultural awareness, facilitate community connections, strengthen communication skills, nurture career development, and support healthy lifestyles.  As girls gain skills, their self-confidence increases as does their motivation to succeed in life. 

Girls’ Athletics was created in 1986 to enable girls to realize a positive sports experience. It provides a safe, healthy and supportive environment to learn and compete in basketball and volleyball.  With basketball and volleyball leagues and clinics offered year round at our own gym and the beach, we currently serve over 300 girls ages 5-14, with 40 dedicated volunteer coaches who make the program a reality.  Our basketball and volleyball programs serve as a model upon which dozens of new basketball programs at YWCAs across the country have been developed. Girls’ Athletics launched Pee Wee Basketball for kids ages 5 and 6 – creating an entirely new look and feel to the game!  Further along in the life cycle, and in an effort to involve YWCA moms looking for a different way to relax and get into shape, we also launched a Women over 40 League, which is truly giving the game a run for its money!

The Women’s Partnership is designed for women of all ages who want to learn, grow and give back, as well as those looking for new opportunities to apply their expertise. It stimulates community among women with shared interests.  The four pillars of focus – personal and professional growth, volunteerism and philanthropy, civic engagement and advocacy, and health and well being – are developed through weekend retreats scheduled seasonally as well as services, resources and activities offered at the YWCA’s future Women’s Partnership Center, including volunteer opportunities, career development guidance, conferences, skill-building classes, lecture series, events and more.  

In partnership with, the YWCA will soon begin offering Stress & Mood-Busting workshops as an extension of staff training administered in 2010.  Trained volunteers will administer’s Bring Your Life into Balance toolkit, an online educational workshop that supports the building of emotional skills., a partner with Harvard Medical School, is the largest mental health website in the world, with over 40 million visitors annually. For more details, go to: 

Ingrid Cheng

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