On Saturday, June 19, YWCA Princeton joined numerous community organizations and local businesses at the Juneteenth Weekend Celebration hosted by the African American Cultural Collaboration of Mercer County in partnership with the New Jersey Legislative District 15 (Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson, and Assemblyman Anthony Verelli), and Outdoor Equity Alliance.
Representatives of our Breast Cancer Resource Center, Development Office, and Latinas Unidas, met with community members, potential collaborators, and prospective volunteers. Later in the day, Aneeqah and Ray, two participants of our 2021 Stand Against Racism Youth Rally and Open Mic, recited poems on the Community Stage.
YWCA Princeton in Trenton
We look forward to providing services to the Trenton community through Latinas Unidas, which is now housed at The Smith Family Foundation’s Nonprofit Incubation Center. There, we’ll provide ESL classes and job readiness resources. In addition, we’ll be expanding the Breast Cancer Resource Center’s outreach to make sure our services are accessible to women in Trenton, particularly, the Latinx community.
We met staff and volunteers of several community organizations, here’s a glimpse of their work:
Empowerment House provides a transitional sanctuary and assistance in developing a balanced and healthy lifestyle for Mercer County residents who are recovering from substance abuse. Their services include self care and wellness classes, job readiness and preparation, time management courses, and more. In September, they’ll host their Second-Annual Partying Sober Charity Event, to celebrate sober living and provide community resources.
Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum
Established in 2018, the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum was founded by Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills to tell the story of the unique culture, experiences, and contributions of the African American Community of the Sourland Mountain Range.
The SSAAM is still under development, and will feature exhibits and present lectures, programming, and cultural activities in order to teach and preserve history and traditions for future generations.
The Bucks County Anti-Racism Coalition
Formed as a response to murder of George Floyd, The Buck Couny Anti-Racism Coaltiion seeks to empower local government, officials, businesses, and individuals to actively identify and combat racism through education and outreach. We met one of their volunteers, Dr. Karen Gaffney, who is the author of Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox. She regularly presents at conferences on topics related to white privilege and anti-racism.