YWCA earns $20K grant for services

The YWCA Greenwich has received a $20,000 grant from Fairfield County Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls for its Domestic Abuse Services’ YNet Program

“This grant will permit us to continue our program that trains volunteers to recognize teen dating violence. Over the past 17 years, the YWCA Greenwich YNet leadership program has trained more than 385 high school volunteers to educate thousands of high school students,” said Adrianne Singer, President and CEO of the YWCA. “The YWCA very much appreciates the Fairfield County Community Foundation for honoring us once again with a generous grant and for recognizing the continuing importance of our YNet Program for teens.”

According to the YWCA, YNet’s mission is to reduce dating violence among teens in Greenwich and establish youth-led social change as a vehicle to increase youth participation in the political and civic life of their community.

The YNet students have designed and implemented a dating violence campaign that educates peers and adults about the effects of dating violence on emotional, social, physical and academic health.

Campaign tools include grant making and fund raising, such as the Ultimate Frisbee Tournament that took place last month, public awareness activities; and social change initiatives, like adding dating violence prevention to health class curricula.

The YWCA is the only agency licensed by the State of Connecticut to provide domestic violence services in Greenwich.

Teens in Greenwich who are interested in being a part of YNet activities can contact Merideth Gold at 203-869-6501, ext. 176. or look for us on Facebook at YNet Greenwich.

For information about YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services, call 203-869-6501, ext. 171. The 24-Hour Hotline phone number is 203-622-0003.

The Fund for Women and Girls is a permanent endowment that identifies and addresses needs of women and girls in Fairfield County.

The Fund also educates women about philanthropy and engages them in creating social change through collective, targeted giving. For more information, visit Fccfoundation.org.

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