Monica Smith-Albright, 
Director of Phyllis Wheatley Center
Update from YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center: New Director and Virtual Home Away from Home 
The YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center is under the new leadership of Monica Smith-Albright!
YWCA welcomed Monica in August, and she has since been hard at work preparing for the fall semester. 
Many of our youth are enrolled in the Virtual Learning program, and we know that many need extra support and guidance with navigating these new waters.
Thus, the Phyllis Wheatley Center has launched the Virtual Home Away from Home Program to serve youth who have opted for the virtual learning experience.
40 young people will be served daily at the facility, safety distanced, while receiving support from Phyllis Wheatley staff and volunteers to complete their virtual learning assignments.
Wondering how you can help serve youth? Here are some options:
Because of supporters like you, the virtual Keys of Hope Luncheon raised over $140,000 for women and families throughout the Tennessee Valley. Thank you to those who joined us! If you are interested in viewing our virtual event click the link below. 

Virtual Domestic Violence Support Groups offered in English, Spanish, French and Arabic 

"It’s a place where they feel safe, and people understand what they’re going through," said Catherine Jones, YWCA Victim Advocacy Program Coordinator, to WVLT about YWCA's Domestic Violence Support Groups. 

Take a look at the article below or call 865-523-6126 for more details about YWCA's Virtual Support Groups. 

Classroom Remodel at Phyllis Wheatley Center Thanks to Help from Clayton!

The 2,000 square-foot modular classroom at the Phyllis Wheatley Center received an overdue and much-needed re-fresh with the help of volunteers from Clayton. Since February, Clayton volunteers have been working tirelessly on the modular, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The newly renovated classroom offers space for the Phyllis Wheatley Center to safely provide the new Virtual Home Away From Home Program for youth who have opted for remote learning this semester.
Special thank you to Chuck Morgan, Vice President of Clayton Home Building Group® Site Construction and all of the volunteers for sharing your time and treasures with us!  
Interested in learning more about Bystander Intervention and why it's important in ending violence against women? Watch our recorded discussion featuring local experts! 

Tribute to Women Postponed to 2021

We are saddened to announce that YWCA's 36th Annual Tribute to Women event is being postponed to 2021. We greatly appreciate all who have inquired about nominations and participating in Tribute to Women. Be on the look-out next year for more information. 

Meet Our Newest Team Members!

TiQuasia Simmons,
Knox County Advocate and Liaison to DCS 
Crystal Robinson, 
Assistant Director at Phyllis Wheatley Center
MiKiyah Webb, 
Lead After-School Enrichment Counselor at Phyllis Wheatley Center

Join Our Team! 

YWCA is seeking energetic individuals to join our team. Some of our open positions include: 
  • Front Desk Clerk
  • After-School Enrichment Counselor
  • Virtual Home Away from Home Program Assistant 
  • Domestic Violence Victim Advocate
See the descriptions and applications by clicking HERE
We are grateful for the support and flexibility of our sponsors and table hosts who supported the Keys of Hope Virtual Luncheon earlier this month.
 Thank you, all! 
Presenting Sponsor: 
Nancy and Stephen Land 
Key Partner:
Promise Partners:
Wanda and John Sobieski

Hope Partners:

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