And then what Happened?
Why was the skilled and tremendously successful team, dedicated to the empowerment of women, driven from the organization?
Who hijacked the YWCA of Troy-Cohoes and why?
How was an organization that has for many years had collaborative decision-making, a very effective culture of empowerment, a fiscally stable track record (as of June, 2005), and popular programs and services that were innovative and highly successful, transformed - nearly overnight - into a toxic, abusive and autocratic environment that operates in secrecy and silences empowered women?
Why is the membership of this YW, including five
past board presidents as well as the
community-at-large, outraged by the manner in which
this organization is now being governed?
If You Are ....
- Interested in learning the answers to these
questions and more
- Committed to the empowerment
of women and the elimination of racism
- Worried that, because of the current governance,
the YWCA of Troy-Cohoes, historically run by and for women,
faces the very real threat of extinction
- In support of recovering this YWCA so that it can
once again operate its programs and services in an
empowering environment that provides women with
the tools and resources they need to craft the
life they want for themselves
Find out more .... Discover what you can do ....
Join a committed group of women and men working
for real, immediate change at the YWCA ....
Participate in the re-birth of this local women's
organization .... email us at: email@example.com
"Empowerment is after all a collaborative venture.
It shuns secrecy and relationships characterized
by 'power-over' others. It practices instead, the
art of many persons sharing 'power with' each
other. May we all succeed in recognizing the value
of power that comes from working together with
each other in a community free of coercion and
fear." Pat Dinkelaker, Executive Director,
YWCA of Troy-Cohoes, 1997-2005, summarily
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