Tribute to Women: Nominations are Open! 

We invite you to nominate your friend, colleague, or mentor for YWCA's 36th Annual Tribute to Women awards. Nominations are open to women in all fields and industries in the Tennessee Valley who have made significant contributions in elevating YWCA's mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
New in 2021: This year's seven Honorees will be announced publicly prior to the event on September 9, 2021. There will no announcement of selected finalists in 2021. 
The seven categories for nominations are:
  • Arts and Culture
  • Business and Industry
  • Community Enhancement
  • Education
  • Emerging Leader (under 35)
  • Racial and Social Justice
  • Science, Technology and Environment 
Honorees will be selected from the pool of nominations by a panel of out-of-state judges familiar with YWCA's mission, but having no local affiliation. Nominate a deserving woman before Monday, May 17! 

Supporting Youth at Phyllis Wheatley Center  

With guidance from YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center Director, Quineka Moten, and Youth Support Program Coordinator, DeVonte Porter, Phyllis Wheatley Center students planned a week-long series of activities in recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention Week, scheduled for April 12-16. Tragically, as our students were preparing for their first day of activities, their classmate Anthony Thompson Jr. was shot and killed at Aust-East High School.

While the Week's planned activities were altered or postponed, our staff have continued to provide resources and expanded support for students as they process the trauma of losing five classmates this year to gun violence.

As the school year ends, Phyllis Wheatley Center staff remain committed to meeting the needs of our students and community. 

Thank you to the Shopper News North/East for telling the story of the Phyllis Wheatley Center! 

Boyd Family Gives $1 Million to YWCA Downtown Building Renovation 

We are so excited to share that the Boyd Foundation has so generously made a $1 million donation to support the renovation of the 96-year old downtown YWCA building, home to the Keys of Hope Women's Program Program. Thank you to the Boyd Family: Randy, Jenny, Harrison, Thomas and Lindsey for this incredible gift! 
Read the full article from the Knoxville News Sentinel by clicking HERE. 

Summer Programming at Phyllis Wheatley Center

Applications for YWCA's Summer Kids in Play Program (SKIPP) are now available, and children ages 5-14 are invited to spend the summer at the Phyllis Wheatley Center! Activities include field trips, swim lessons, cooking and gardening, learning new skills and most importantly, a focus on closing the summer reading gap. Enrollment will be limited to 40 children due to COVID-19 precautions, so be sure to register early! More information can be found below or you can call the Phyllis Wheatley Center at 865-546-0651.

Anderson County Justice for Families: Construction Update

Construction is underway at YWCA's Oak Ridge building for the new Justice for Families (JFF) Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program space. Updates to the visitation space include a new accessible bathroom, kitchenette, waiting room for visiting parents, security system and much more.
While the COVID-19 pandemic slowed the initial launch of this program, YWCA anticipates serving clients by early summer. In preparation for program launch, YWCA is now hiring for the Justice for Families Program Coordinator. We look forward to sharing more updates in the coming weeks! 
If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about the Justice for Families Program, contact Director of Victim Services Lauren Lindback at We invite you to learn more about the histor of the program clicking HERE

Strong Women Strong Futures

YWCA is a proud members of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee (WFET) Network, a group of nonprofit organizations working together to change the narrative in our region so that girls, women, and caregivers feel supported and encouraged to pursue a postsecondary education.
Nearly one in six women in Tennessee live in poverty, and half of Tennessee families depend on a female breadwinner. Having a postsecondary education can lead to economic security: higher income, more stable employment, and job benefits for our women and girls.
Postsecondary education can open doors for women and girls and their families, thereby expanding opportunities for all people in East Tennessee. If you're interested in learning more, please click HERE.

Thank you for joining us!

The 11th Annual Keys of Hope Luncheon was a success! With your generosity, nearly $100,000 has been raised thus far for women and families throughout the Tennessee Valley! Thank you to everyone who tuned in! If you weren't able to join us live, you can still watch the event and give the gift of hope by clicking the "WATCH" button below! 

A special thank you to our Partners for their support of the Keys of Hope Luncheon!

Welcoming Back: Hannah Brinson

We are happy to welcome back Hannah Brinson as YWCA's Chief Strategy Officer! 

Hannah has a Master of Science in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee and an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies from Berea College. Since completing her education, she has worked in child welfare, violence prevention, and grants management. Hannah worked at the YWCA from 2014-2020 in various roles including the development and implementation of GameChangers and grant writing.
Join us in welcoming back Hannah in this new role! 

We Are Hiring! 

YWCA is seeking energetic individuals to join our team. Some of our open positions include:  
  • Keys of Hope Program Coordinator
  • Director of Development
  • Summer Camp Counselor for Summer Kids in Play Program (SKIPP)
  • Justice for Families Program Coordinator
  • GameChangers Project Coordinator
  • GameChangers Mentor Coordinator
  • Phyllis Wheatley Center Night/Weekend Rental Coordinator
  • Evening/Weekend Lifeguard
  • Front Desk, PRN 
See the descriptions and applications by clicking HERE.
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