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Saturday, February 18, 2012

More about YWCA

Laughter & Yoga

Lifelong Wellness

YWCA’s Health & Fitness classes impact all stages of the life cycle and support the development of good physical health.  From yoga to life drawing to belly dancing to karate, the YWCA offers over 25 health and fitness classes weekly for all ages.  For cancer survivors, Encore is a highly respected program developed over 30 years ago by the YWCA of the USA and a team of medical, health, and exercise specialists.  Serving cancer survivors from all socioeconomic backgrounds, Encore enhances the recovery process through rehabilitative pool therapy, peer support, and medical/social service. 

YWCA’s soon-to-begin Stress & Mood-Busting workshops will impact all stages of the life cycle and support the development of good social/emotional health, including:  the development of strong emotional health between parents and infants during the child development process, among school-aged girls transitioning through critical stages in physical and emotional development, young women addressing emotional issues that have impacted their upbringing, and women exploring new challenges in their lives as they refine their careers and seek out opportunities for personal renewal.

3/21 Miss Representation screening at YWCA  Santa Monica/Westside at 6 pmThe 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. 

The YWCA Junior Board, The Mosaic Movement, is a volunteer group of young professional women who have committed themselves to working with the YWCA to raise funds for and increase awareness of programs that benefit the lives of our community's women and girls.  Board members organize fundraisers, introduce new friends to the YWCA, serve as role models for our program participants, and take advantage of networking and career-building opportunities among themselves.  Ranging in age from 20 to 40, Junior Board members bring to the YWCA a wide array of experiences and a true passion for the Mission.  

The YWCA Transitional Housing and Education program offers residence to emancipated foster youth for up to 2½ years during which time they are given meals and support services, and guided toward academic programs, vocational training, health care and other community services.  In turn, they pursue their educational training full-time, work part-time, and maintain a savings account.  Relationships are maintained with program graduates by providing a connection to a caring adult and assisting with adjustments to independent living. Newest classes – Zumba Gold, ZumbaAtomic for Kids, and Jazzercise – are just a few of the ways the YWCA is working to bring fun and fitness to women and girls.   

Ingrid Cheng

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