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Eliminating Racism. Empowering Women.

YWCA York is not just an organization…we are a mission-driven collective, ready to serve our community with open minds and hearts. Using an intersectional approach and mindfulness techniques, the goal of our programming and training is to eliminate internal, interpersonal, and systemic racism. We strive to transform social inequality in our community, schools, and organizations through education, open dialogue, and inviting others to join us an anti-racist ally.

YWCA York has been leading change since 1891. JOIN US.

Consider taking our Pledge to END Racism.

Creating a Better York

YWCA York takes an interactive and reflective approach to teaching about bias, oppression, privilege, and the “isms” that exist in our society today. Our skilled presenters will tailor their approaches towards the unique needs of your organization. Our programs are designed to equip participants with the tools they need to create a more inclusive environment.

Be a part of the change you want to see in the world! To view our current racial justice training offerings, click here.

Contact Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed at mabdul-majeed@ywcayork.org or call 717-845-2631 to discuss the many options for trainings and presentations.

One Race, One Heart

Held on the last Saturday in April at YWCA York, Race Against Racism unites our community as we run, walk, stroll, or cheer a
long a 5K route in support of our mission of advancing racial justice in York County.
The proceeds from this event support the important work that we do in our community to create change.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the 2019 5K! With your support we raised over $25,000 to help fund our racial justice trainings and events. Here are the final race results.

If you have any questions, please email info@ywcayork.org and we will contact US Road Running for more information. See you next year!

Overall Results: 2019 Results

Age Group Results: 2019 Results

To register for our 2020 Race Against Racism, click here.

Promoting Peace and Justice

The important mission of YWCA York’s Racial Justice Committee is accomplished through a collaborative approach that seeks to create bridges between individuals, community organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses, schools and colleges. Events foster discussions and activities in the community focused on a range of topics pertaining to race, privilege, equality, and civil rights.

Key racial justice events:

  • Yoga for Justice
  • On The Table
  • Courageous Conversations on Race
  • Train the Trainer
  • Racial and social justice film discussions

If you are interested in joining the committee and making difference, contact Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed at mabdul-majeed@ywcayork.org or call 717-845-2631.

Making A Difference

YWCA York participates in the regional Leadership Summit: Dialogues on Race. This program is aimed at student leaders in grades 8-12 with an interest in making changes in their schools and communities. Five student leaders are selected by each school district to engage in deep conversations about race, culture, and justice at a 4 1/2 hour training held at York College of Pennsylvania. Our talented and motivated volunteers help facilitate these meaningful experiences.

This year’s program was offered free to York County schools through the generous support of sponsors. Schools must provide transportation and lunch is provided. If you are interested in learning more about our racial and social justice trainings for schools, contact Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed at mabdul-majeed@ywcayork.org or call 717-845-2631.


The 2019 recipient of the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award is Reverend Ramona Kinard! She was selected by YWCA York because she embodies the spirit of the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award. She is well known in the York community for her wisdom, leadership, and her ability to walk into difficult situations and bring a feeling of peace and compassion.

In 1995, YWCA York created the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award to recognize women advocates for social issues. The award honors YWCA York volunteer achievement, the support for our advocacy agenda, and YWCA York’s mission of peace, justice, and dignity for all people.


Dorrie Leader dedicated her life to the fight for civil rights, the empowerment of women, and advocating for social

justice. Mrs. Leader served as YWCA York’s board president in the early 1950s before going on to serve on the National Board of YWCA USA from 1958 to 1976. She was present in 1963 at the March on Washington, accompanied by her two oldest daughters, to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak of his dream for America.

She shared that dream, and was steadfast in her commitment to help achieve it nationally and here in York. Her fierce advocacy for racial justice undoubtedly laid the groundwork for YWCA’s prioritization of the elimination of racism as national mission work.

Learn more about the award:  Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award 2019

Past Honorees
Meg Brubaker, Carla Christopher, Ruthe Craley, Cynthia Dixon, Helen Elfner, Traci Foster, Deborah Gable, Dorrie Leader, Genevieve Ray, Delma Rivera, Delma Rivera Lytle, Stephanie Seaton, Doris Sweeney, Jane Zarfoss and Jerri Zimmerman.

The Racial Justice Community Assessment (RJCA) is a questionnaire designed to understand the current, racial justice services available, where there are gaps, and opportunities to enhance coordination and effectiveness among organizations doing racial justice work in York, Pennsylvania. The RJCA was also designed to strengthen unity and collaboration among organizations involved in racial justice work; therefore, this report was written to share the information collected with the York community.

A special thank you to the York County Community Foundation for their support of this project! Click here: YWCA York Racial Justice Assessment Report 2019