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racial justice

At the core of YWCA Greater Newburyport—and sister YWCAs across the U.S. and around the globe—are racial justice efforts that break down internal and external barriers to racial equality and challenge our communities to move toward equity in the workplace, housing, education and all aspects of life.

YWCA Greater Newburyport’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The YWCA Martin Luther King celebration is planned and organized by the YWCA’s teen-led Racial Justice committee. Student leaders create innovative and engaging programs about the impact of racism that provoke thought and encourage action. Attendees of our events form a diverse group of ages, races, faiths, political parties, business communities, organizations and schools. The interaction between area high school students and adults is a hallmark of our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Event.

Nancy E. Peace Action Against Prejudice Award

The mission of the YWCA is peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. This vision can not be achieved until there is racial equality in our nation. This is a challenging yet critical conversation in communities such as ours with predominantly white populations. Each year, the YWCA awards the Nancy E. Peace Award to a community member who has accepted that challenge and who, through their professional or volunteer lives, has made valuable contributions towards eliminating racism, fighting prejudice, and celebrating diversity. The award is presented annually at the YWCA’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Event in January.

The Nancy E. Peace Action Against Prejudice Award was established in 1998 by the YWCA Greater Newburyport to recognize individuals who, through their professional or volunteer lives, have made valuable contributions towards eliminating racism, fighting prejudice, and celebrating diversity. We welcome nominations for any adult or youth who lives or works in one of the communities served by the YWCA Greater Newburyport: Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Amesbury, Merrimac, Salisbury, Georgetown, Rowley and Ipswich, MA; and Seabrook, Hampton, Hampton Falls and Kensington, NH.

Click here to download the nomination form.

Nancy DiGrezio Memorial Scholarship

The Nancy DiGrezio Scholarship was endowed in 2007 in honor of Nancy DiGrezio, a board member of the YWCA who was committed to fostering a tolerant and inclusive community.  The Nancy DiGrezio Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to a high school senior attending school within the YWCA Greater Newburyport's service area who is a leader and peacemaker among his or her peers; whose actions exemplify tolerance and understanding of differences; and who, by his or her example, empowers other students to respond to acts of intolerance and discrimination. Click here for more information. 

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