Invest Aurora’s Spotlight Article of the week features the YWCA Aurora. The nonprofit organization has been an asset in the Aurora community for over 100 years. The overarching goal of the organization is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The Aurora charter of the YWCA works to tackle the problems that face Aurora and our nation by offering a number of programs that are designed to assist those in need of help and facilitate healthy conversations between community entities.
One program that the non-profit is conducting is called the Peace Program. The program is a bullying prevention initiative that is designed specifically for 3-5th grade students. Before, during, and after school programs are used to combat anxiety, low self-esteem, social isolation, and poor academic performance. The YWCA also hosts a Community Dialogues program to engage a diverse range of community members in guided discussions on race relation. The eleven-week program utilizes trained volunteer facilitators and diverse films to create a safe space for honest dialogue on race and racism, for community members to identify potential local issues, and create an action plan focused on community growth and involvement.
Please join the YWCA and community members for their “Week Without Violence Peace Walk”. The one mile walk along the Fox River is an opportunity for citizens to peacefully make a statement against violence. Melissa Nigro, Executive Director of the YWCA, says that the event allows everyone to honor those that have been victims of violence. You can dedicate a luminary bag along the peace walk for $5. Simply go to www.ywcaaurora.org/donate to sign up. The walk will be on Wednesday, October 19th at 6:00 at the YWCA Peace Park. Nigro, continued to say that Aurora has a wonderful mix of culture and hopes to see a lot of faces at the event next week!