YWCA programs to benefit from Trayvon Martin’s mother’s keynote speech

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“I don’t know that we’d be able to make it as working parents without the help and support of the YWCA,” Michael Phillips said.  He is just one of many parents in the Borderland whose children participate in the YWCA after school program.

“It’s been an incredible experience. sense of safety and comfort. really a sense of community and belonging. our boys love it.”

And so do the dozens of other kids who participate, like Gianna Reese.

“The staff are really nice there and most of my friends go there, so I get to play with them everyday,” Reese said.


The program provides quality childcare for students in grades K-6, from the end of school day until 6 p.m.  Phillips said the afterschool program offers many benefits.

“They get healthy snacks, there is someone there to help them with homework and tutoring after school.  They have different activities- whether it’s science related, sports related. The students have a place where they can sit and read and be by themselves, work puzzles and games and it’s just a wonderful opportunity,” Phillips said.

Michael’s wife, Cecilia, agrees.

“It’s a wonderful program, especially for families that both parents work. it’s a safe place, it’s at the school which is familiar to the kids and it’s a wonderfully run program,” Cecilia Phillips said.

The program is just one of many that will benefit from the annual empowering women’s luncheon. This year’s keynote speaker is Sybrina Fulton.

It’s been almost three years since Fulton’s son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. It’s a loss she’s determined to turn into change.

“Sybrina’s story is one of hope, one of building safer communities for children and that is a message that everybody can relate to,” Layra Marivani, YWCA marketing manager said.

“It speaks to what the YWCA does for moms, you know for families also,” Cecilia Phillips said. “It helps empower women. It helps us be able to do our job. be able to provide for our children and at the same time, provide a save haven for our children.”
 

For more information on Sybrina Fulton and information about the 23rd annual YWCA empowering women’s luncheon, please visit:
http://www.ywcaelpaso.org/site/c.ctJOL5NTJrL8H/b.8127367/k.28F/Womens_Luncheon_2015.htm

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