Resolution J703-2013

Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the YWCA of Brooklyn



  • Mar 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the YWCA
of Brooklyn

WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and
commend  those illustrious organizations and individuals of the State of
New York whose purposeful endeavors serve to enhance the quality of life
in their communities; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern and fully in accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  it  is  the  intent  of  this Legislative Body to
commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the YWCA of Brooklyn, to  be  cele-
brated  on  Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Roulette Theater in Brooklyn,
New York; and
  WHEREAS, Founded in 1888, the YWCA of Brooklyn is the only YWCA in the
borough of Brooklyn, and is also one of the oldest in  New  York  State;
each  year  a significant amount of women, men, and children take advan-
tage of  a  broad  mix  of  programs,  including:  health  and  wellness
programs, youth development and affordable housing for single women; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1943,  the YWCA of Brooklyn became the first YWCA in the
country to racially integrate its program and  in  1946,  its  residence
hall  for women was formally desegregated; this proud tradition of inte-
gration and commitment continues to this day; and
  WHEREAS, The YWCA of Brooklyn offers programs and services to meet the
needs of the women, men and children of the community; it encourages all
to participate, yet remains true to its mission of empowering women  and
girls, with particular focus on gender equity and racial justice; and
  WHEREAS,  Programs  for women dedicated to fitness and health include:
Encore Plus, the breast cancer and cervical  cancer  prevention  program
which offers workshops and referrals; Sister Strength, aimed at reducing
the  incidence  of  heart  disease,  obesity, and diabetes in low-income
women in central Brooklyn; Senior Fit,  which  focuses  on  fitness  and
disease prevention for fixed-income seniors; and fitness classes includ-
ing swimming, martial arts, dance and yoga, to name a few; and
  WHEREAS,  The  YWCA has established a youth-led leadership program for
young women, the Young Women's Leadership Academy, to promote leadership
training, financial  literacy  and  entrepreneurial  skills;  the  after
school  and summer camp programs continue to provide programs for tutor-
ing, swimming, music, dance and art classes; and
  WHEREAS, The YWCA of Brooklyn  also  provides  a  welcoming  gathering
place  for  community  meetings,  events  and  parties;  it has served a
racially and economically diverse population since  its  inception,  and
today, it continues to fight for social justice; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when organiza-
tions of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to  our  atten-
tion,  they  should  be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  125th  Anniversary  of the YWCA of Brooklyn; and be it
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the YWCA of Brooklyn.


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