As soon as YWCA Minneapolis shared the news of Hurricane Sandy with the children in their centers, the children began asking questions and offering ways to help: “All the books and toys got wet?” “I have money in my bank I could give them!” “I could use a shovel!” “I could sing them a song and make them a fort!”
In 1912, a group of women of #YWCA O’ahu became a few of the first women in Hawaii to participate in organized swim lessons. In an era when women’s activities surrounding water were restricted to wading pools, learning to swim provided liberation and empowerment for women. YWCA O’ahu continues this tradition of empowering women in the water. “For the women of Hawai’i, learning to swim has never been merely a social grace, it’s a survival skill.”
The YWCA uses the Rainbow in My Tummy program, which was developed by the Mountain Area Child and Family Center. Rainbow in My Tummy is a creative nutrition-enrichment program that provides early care and education centers the comprehensive, innovative, and accessible resources needed to inspire and support sweeping change in local food policy and food service.