Welcome to the 2nd edition of Empowerment Today for a Stronger Tomorrow! February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. As you can see, there are some alarming statistics about teen dating violence. One way you can get involved and bring awareness to this issue is by wearing orange for love on Wednesday, February 12th. This shows our solidarity with the many teens that experience violence from their significant other. Share your pictures on social media with the hashtags #LoveIsRespect, #Orange4Love, and #TDVAM2020. To learn more about how you can get involved, view our toolkit or visit our website!
A large goal of our Residential Empowerment program is to increase motivation and raise expectations so that residents have a safe, healthy, clean, and pleasant place to live while staying with us. Hakim Muhammad, Residential Empowerment Coordinator and Crisis Shelter Case Manager, initially came to the YWCA to help us do a better job of encouraging and empowering the residents of the Crisis Shelter to take care of their living areas. When a case management need came up as well, Hakim stepped in and was willing to work part-time as a Case Manager. His remaining time is spent leading the Holistic Empowerment Living Program (HELP), which engages clients in keeping the space clean and tidy, but also works to help build motivation for participating in all the benefits that are available in this program. Hakim also developed the Environment Empowerment Program, which helps clients understand the importance of being environmentally responsible. These efforts help prepare clients to lead a responsible, independent, and rewarding lifestyle. Residents can access help with finding housing, saving up for a car or other need, learning and practicing healthy food preparation, working on developing their self-esteem and confidence, and so many more opportunities. Hakim introduces a variety of services to those in our crisis shelter and helps them become excited to be involved. Learn more about Hakim and the work he is doing in our Residential Empowerment program here.