Upcoming Events:

Bling a Bra: Sept 1 – 29, 2017
September 1st-29th kicks off the YWCA Bling a Bra contest. Businesses and individuals are invited to decorate a bra for breast cancer awareness. The top 6 bras are taken to Josephine on Oct. 7, where people can vote for a winner, who receives the World Cups Title award and ultimate bra bragging rights. Bling a Bra is an initiative of the YWCA Encore program to raise awareness and promote education about breast cancer. Decorate a bra today and be part of the fun for a great cause. Bring your blinged-out bra to the YWCA at 304 N. 8th Street on or by Sept. 29, 2017. Last year’s designs included baseball themes, camel themes, rhinestones, ladybugs and more.

Print your official Bling a Bra entry form here! It has all the details – and, it’s free to participate!
Bling a Bra Entry Form



Let’s Lunch!

Sept. 13, 20 and 27 – Lunch and Learns with the YWCA: The ENCORE lunch and learn series for breast cancer awareness has been announced! Make plans now to join us and bring a friend to the Lunch and Learns with the YWCA. You’ll learn from professionals about advancements in breast cancer treatment plus news about education and awareness. All lunch and learns are free. Lunch provided! Contact:  Martha Brookshier, Encore+ Program Coordinator. email:  mbrookshier@ywcasj.org.

RSVP requested to YWCA 232-4481.

September 13th: Lunch and Learn at St. Francis Baptist Temple, 1610 Angelique, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
September 20th: Lunch and Learn at the YWCA, 304 N. 8th St., 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
September 27th: Lunch and Learn at InterServ, 200 Cherokee, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Speakers include: Dr. Nguyen and members of the Mosaic Navigator breast health team. 


Thurs., Sept 21, 2017 – 21st Annual Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism Breakfast. Sponsored by the NAACP and the YWCA. Buffet breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.; program begins at 7:30 a.m. Location: YWCA Terrace Room, 304 N. 8th Street.  Suggested donation:  $15 for adults, $10 for students. Proceeds go to the Kelsy Beshears MWSU Scholarship Fund.



Program Includes:

“In Their Own Words” -Dr. Bill Church and Moses Hicks
Presentation of 2017 Kelsy Beshears Scholarship of $1,000
Presentation of 2017 Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award to Joyce Starr
Presentations from Coleman Elementary and Central High School.
Mid-City Excellence Praise Team will perform.

RSVP by calling 232-4481.  Please Rsvp at 232-4481. We look forward to seeing you!

Read more about Joyce Starr, 2017 Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award Recipient:
About Joyce Starr



Think Pink Campaign:

October 1: Think Pink Campaign kicks off (we ask businesses to wear pink for breast cancer awareness month).

October 7: Visit the YWCA at Josephine and at Paint the Parkway Pink. This is the first time the YWCA is an official Paint the Parkway Pink sponsor. Participate in Paint the Parkway Pink in the morning, then vote for the World Cups winning bra at the the 2017 Josephine Women’s Expo, Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Civic Arena!

October 18: Annual Pink Tea Luncheon at YWCA.  12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (Bling a Bra winner is announced.) Join us with a friend for tea and lunch in support of breast cancer education and awareness. RSVP to 232-4481. Tickets: $15 each. All proceeds support the YWCA breast cancer awareness and education efforts.

October 19: Ladies Night Out (Paint Night). 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the YWCA.

October 27: Celebracion Rosa: 7 – 9 p.m at the YWCA.

Week Without Violence Events: Oct. 15-22, 2017


Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017: Take Back the Night Event at 5:30 p.m., at the YWCA, 304 N. 8th St. This year’s theme is “Love Protects Courage Heals.” Take Back the Night is an event for victims, survivors, families and supporters of the YWCA to come together with a balloon release, prayer, victim speakers and hope for the future.



Monday, Oct.  16, 2017: Week without Violence conference, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Back by popular Demand. Speaker: Mark Wynn. Location:  Blum Union at MWSU, rooms 218-219. The focus of the training will be on effectively responding to domestic violence when working with special populations such as the elderly, children or people with disabilities. The training will conclude with a discussion on improving community response through collaborations. Social Work CEU’s will be available. Questions? Call the YWCA at 232-4481 and ask for Kim or Carrie.
Free and open to the public.  Registration at 8:30 a.m. Conference 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on your own.

To register in advance, click the registration form link here.
View informational flyer here: Conference Flyer Mark Wynn


Also in October—Community Advocacy Class will take place beginning October 2. The class will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-9:00. This class is for anyone that wants to volunteer or just learn about the dynamics of domestic violence. Location: YWCA, 304 N. 8th Street.

Dates for Community Advocacy Classes: (Register for the series at 232-4481).
Mon. Oct. 2
Wed. Oct. 4
Mon. Oct. 9
Wed. Oct. 11
Mon. Oct. 16
Wed. Oct. 18
Mon. Oct. 23
Wed. Oct. 25


Got Five Minutes? Here’s a Simple Way You Can Support the YWCA’s Efforts to Prevent Child Abuse: CTF Specialty License Plates

Every day, the YWCA St. Joseph works to help prevent child abuse through parent education classes, counseling and safe shelter for families at risk. You can help prevent child abuse by proudly displaying the official Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) license plate on your vehicle. CTF plates feature the distinctive child’s green hand prints logo and a ‘prevent child abuse’ message. Funds generated annually by the CTF plates make a huge impact on child abuse prevention across the state of Missouri, and also locally for the YWCA’s efforts.

How to order a Specialty License Plate (or support the YWCA’s child abuse prevention efforts):

1) Want your plates or donation to directly benefit the YWCA? Go online and buy the CTF plates, designating the YWCA St. Joseph as the sole beneficiary of your $25 license plate donation. http://ctf4kids.org/how-you-can-help/license-plates/
2) Go to the License Bureau and purchase your plate in-person (Note: if buying in person, the funds will be divided between St. Joseph YWCA and St. Joseph Youth Alliance).