2013 Grantee of The Kids Trust
Featured Nonprofit Organization – March 2014
Since 1891, YWCA York has worked proactively and collaboratively to provide programs that promote racial justice; empower women; eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of violence; and strengthen the community. YWCA York is currently the only comprehensive provider of victim services in all of York County. Victim services programming includes: the only emergency shelter in York County for victims of violence and their dependent children; two transitional housing programs; a 24-hour emergency hotline; free counseling to adult and child victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes; legal advocacy; medical advocacy; and community education programming regarding all types of abuse. In addition, YWCA York maintains an Early Learning Center for children ages 6 week to 5 years; School-Age Child Care for students in kindergarten through 6th grade; summer camp programs; youth development programs; fitness/aquatics programs; and community revitalization programming. Through these programs and services, YWCA York is promoting wellness and dignity for all people. Last year, over 31,000 people were empowered through our agency's work in the community.
In 2013, YWCA York received a $2,880 grant from The Kids Trust, a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, to support an intra-agency collaborative training entitled The Impact of Violence on Children: Discovering Your Role as an Early Childhood Educator. Through the combined expertise of YWCA York's Victim Services and Child & Youth departments, early childhood educators across the region were offered an essential training session addressing the infant, toddler, and pre-kindergarten populations. Training topics include: what to do when children act out violence in dramatic play; what to do when a child mentions violence in the home; how to address non-illegal issues of violence (e.g. spanking); what information educators are mandated to report and how the reporting process works; and how to work with parents when violence in the home is suspected. Participants received professional development credit and an official certificate showing that they completed the training. In addition, resources are disseminated that educators can share with others at their organizations, including a complimentary book for each participant.
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About The Kids Trust
The Kids Trust grants to organizations offering programs and/or services for young children who are living with physical or emotional abuse, or neglect. Organizations must serve Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, York, and/or Lancaster counties. The Kids Trust grants once per year with a deadline in mid-April. For more information on this and other grant opportunities available through The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, click here.