Calendar

We are honored to host several special events throughout the year. Additionally, we’re proud to join community partners to raise awareness and bring consciousness to issues surrounding racial justice and gender equality.

Dec
15
Tue
Own It! Homeownership 101
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Own It! Homeownership 101

Own It: Home Ownership 101 prepares our students to purchase a home. We review types of financing, differences between leasing and purchasing, understanding what is affordable to them, and creating a plan to achieve their goal.

Dec
29
Tue
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom
Dec 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom

This book contains 15 shorts stories and every 3 weeks, we will pick a story to discuss and learn from, continuing our anti-racism work.

This book vividly presents – in their own words – the personal stories, experiences and reflections of fifteen prominent white anti-racists. They recount the circumstances that led them to undertake this work, describe key moments and insights along their journeys, and frankly admit their continuing lapses and mistakes. They make it clear that confronting oppression (including their own prejudices) – whether about race, sexual orientation, ability, or other differences – is a lifelong process of learning.

Let’s confront oppression together.

Jan
19
Tue
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom
Jan 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Winter Social Justice Book Club @ Zoom

This book contains 15 shorts stories and every 3 weeks, we will pick a story to discuss and learn from, continuing our anti-racism work.

This book vividly presents – in their own words – the personal stories, experiences and reflections of fifteen prominent white anti-racists. They recount the circumstances that led them to undertake this work, describe key moments and insights along their journeys, and frankly admit their continuing lapses and mistakes. They make it clear that confronting oppression (including their own prejudices) – whether about race, sexual orientation, ability, or other differences – is a lifelong process of learning.

Let’s confront oppression together.

Feb
10
Wed
Own It! Homeownership 101
Feb 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Own It! Homeownership 101

Own It: Home Ownership 101 prepares our students to purchase a home. We review types of financing, differences between leasing and purchasing, understanding what is affordable to them, and creating a plan to achieve their goal.

Mar
7
Sun
LUNAfest @ Virtual
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm
LUNAfest @ Virtual

LUNAFEST is a film festival dedicated to championing women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities hosted by #SoroptimistInternationalofPhoenix. Phoenix’s first prime time anchorwoman, Mary Jo West, and Phoenix Film Critics Society President and RightThisMinute Reporter, Gayle Bass, bring their passion and talents to LUNAFEST as this year’s co-emcees for the online event.

Apr
1
Thu
Rising Leaders in Motion – Emerging Community Leaders Info Session @ Virtual
Apr 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Rising Leaders in Motion - Emerging Community Leaders Info Session @ Virtual

Get connected with our mission and advance your racial justice journey by joining us for a virtual information session! Rising Leaders in Motion is our NEW group for emerging community leaders. The info session will highlight the group’s volunteer, networking, and personal development opportunities.

The more the merrier…feel free to bring your friends! We invite you to extend the invitation to any friends or co-workers who are interested in furthering their social justice journey and make an impact their community.

Apr
22
Thu
Stand Against Racism @ Virtual
Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Stand Against Racism @ Virtual

YWCA is on a mission to Stand Against Racism!

We take a Stand Against Racism every day by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and by building community among those who work for racial justice.

Stand Against Racism provides the opportunity for communities across the United States to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #StandAgainstRacism and to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice.

Join us for this first part of our Stand Against Racism conversation. Collectively, using the Theatre of the Oppressed model, we will examine and bear witness to the impact of racism on our individual and community health. This conversation will be the inspiration for an original Theatre of the Oppressed performance which will be produced later in May.

May
3
Mon
21-Day Challenge to Eliminate Racism & Empower Women
May 3 – May 31 all-day
21-Day Challenge to Eliminate Racism & Empower Women

Our 21-Day Challenge takes individuals on a journey to become more mindful, to create dedicated space for learning and to partner with YWCA (and fellow participants) in eliminating racism and empowering women.

This experience helps participants to understand how racial and social injustices impact our community and to identify ways to dismantle inequities and discrimination. Our Challenge begins on May 3rd and you can register at any point during the Challenge.

May
6
Thu
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom

Join us each Thursday along with Outcast Theatre Collective to build the scenes we talked about during Stand Against Racism. Come for 30 minutes, or stay the whole time! The final culminating event will be May 20.

May
13
Thu
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom

Join us each Thursday along with Outcast Theatre Collective to build the scenes we talked about during Stand Against Racism. Come for 30 minutes, or stay the whole time! The final culminating event will be May 20.

May
20
Thu
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom
May 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Theater of the Oppressed Creation Sessions & Final Performance @ Zoom

Join us each Thursday along with Outcast Theatre Collective to build the scenes we talked about during Stand Against Racism. Come for 30 minutes, or stay the whole time! The final culminating event will be May 20.

May
27
Thu
Own It! Homeownership 101
May 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Own It! Homeownership 101

Own It! Home Ownership 101 prepares our students to purchase a home. We review types of financing, differences between leasing and purchasing, understanding what is affordable to them, and creating a plan to achieve their goal.

Jun
21
Mon
Own It! Homeownership 101
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Own It! Homeownership 101

Own It! Home Ownership 101 prepares our students to purchase a home. We review types of financing, differences between leasing and purchasing, understanding what is affordable to them, and creating a plan to achieve their goal.

Jul
19
Mon
Homeownership 101
Jul 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Homeownership 101

Our Homeownership 101 class is led by industry experts and is designed to help you surmount all these hurdles. Taking part in homeownership education offers huge financial and practical benefits and can help a buyer understand the process, ultimately, reaching a position of being mortgage-ready. This two-hour class will cover the following topics:

  • Budgeting and saving for a home
  • How much home can you afford?
  • Mortgage process
  • Resources for homebuyers
  • Credit reports and how they are scored
  • How to improve your credit for homeownership
  • New responsibilities of homeownership
  • How to choose a real estate agent
  • Shopping for a mortgage loan and the closing process
  • Roles of professionals involved in home purchases
Sep
23
Thu
Voices in STEAM: A Changemaking Conversation @ Virtual
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Voices in STEAM: A Changemaking Conversation @ Virtual

Our host, Dr. Tara Nkrumah, will be joined by Arizona STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) professionals Kayla Balliew, Dr. William Johnson, and Rachel Ware. We are honored to hear their inspirational stories about their career journey, overcoming adversities, addressing racism, the impact of gender discrimination, and so much more! This unique and powerful event will shine the light on career opportunities in STEAM and an even brighter light on the race and gender inequities in the STEAM sector.

You will also hear from our CEO Debbie Esparza, and Intel Community Affairs leader Jennifer Sanchez as we share an impactful announcement about our partnership to address STEAM equity in Arizona – you aren’t going to want to miss it!

Oct
14
Thu
Homeownership 101 @ Virtual
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Homeownership 101 @ Virtual

Our Homeownership 101 class is led by industry experts and is designed to help you surmount all the hurdles to homeownership. Taking part in homeownership education offers huge financial and practical benefits and can help a buyer understand the process, ultimately, reaching a position of being mortgage-ready. This two-hour class will cover the following topics:

  • Budgeting and saving for a home
  • How much home can you afford?
  • Mortgage process
  • Resources for homebuyers
  • Credit reports and how they are scored
  • How to improve your credit for homeownership
  • New responsibilities of homeownership
  • How to choose a real estate agent
  • Shopping for a mortgage loan and the closing process
  • Roles of professionals involved in home purchases