YWCA O‘ahu started in 1900 with the idea that women can come together to build friendships, develop shared values, and learn skills to support the community. Fast forward to 2016 and our mission of empowering women and girls is as important as ever.
Glass ceilings have been cracked, but gender barriers still exist. Women comprise nearly half of the American workforce, but are still underrepresented in the boardroom. As more and more women have become breadwinners for their family, YWCA Oahu’s programs and services have evolved to better serve their needs.
We’re excited to share YWCA Oahu’s highlights of 2016, which were made possible thanks to the generous support of foundations, businesses, and individuals like YOU, who believe in our mission. We know there are many deserving nonprofits across the state, which is why we are so grateful for your continued support of YWCA O‘ahu.
Here is how your commitment has made an impact in our community:
As of Oct. 31, 2016, YWCA O'ahu has:
● Launched the inaugural Patsy T. Mink Leadership Alliance. Fourteen women were selected for the 6-month program in September and have already received coaching from some of the top female business professionals on O‘ahu. Topics include networking, building a collaborative team, and leading with authenticity.
● Coordinated the first Girls Summit on Hawaii Island. The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) hosted the one-day conference at Hawaii Preparatory Academy in October and invited students from Honoka‘a High & Intermediate to participate. The theme of the Girls Summit was “Women in Science.” MCBL hosted another Girls Summit at Laniākea YWCA in March, with 120 students from St. Andrew’s Priory and Farrington High School.
● Reached 1,000 Health & Wellness members. Nicole Enos, Health & Wellness/Member Services Manager, has revamped the group fitness schedule with new and exciting classes like Kung Fu for Beginners, Gentle (Chair) Yoga, Core Strength Yoga, plus affordable personal training packages.
● Celebrated our work furlough program’s one-year anniversary. In 2016, YWCA O‘ahu served 51 women in Ka Hale Ho‘āla Hou No Nā Wāhine, the state’s only community-based work furlough program for women. Of the 51 women, 77% successfully graduated and nearly half of the women moved into our Homebase transitional housing program on the third floor of Fernhurst YWCA.
● Suited 426 economically disadvantaged women with interview and work attire through Dress for Success Honolulu. After receiving their first free suiting, 96% of women said they felt more confident in getting a job and 100% felt that having professional clothing will help them perform well in their new job.
● Trained 906 participants and provided 514 hours of one-on-one counseling at MCBL (from Oct. 2015 - Sept. 2016). The women’s business center also helped start 16 new businesses and provided access to funding, totaling $122,400.
These are just a handful of highlights of 2016, but none of these milestones could have been reached without your support. Please consider a year-end gift to YWCA O‘ahu to help sustain programs that serve women at every stage in life. Thank you in advance for your continued support and helping YWCA O‘ahu empower generations of women across Hawai‘i for more than 116 years.