Karen Singer, President and CEO of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, received at a 2013 Award of Distinction on July 10 from the Oakton Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) in Skokie.

“I am very honored to accept this award on behalf of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore,” said Singer. “I have been reading a lot lately and one thing I keep seeing again and again is the phrase ‘Women Are the Solution,’ the solution to poverty, to economic development, to healthier families, to ending violence, etc.

“Now what I don’t think this means is that women bear the sole responsibility in mending what is broken in our world, but what I do think it means, is that if women are empowered, educated, and engaged they have the power to substantially make the world a better place for themselves, their families and our communities.”

The YWCA and the AAWCC share a commitment to improving the lives of women and girls so they can live up to their fullest potential and believe that education plays a key role in empowering women to lead healthy, independent and fully realized lives.

The YWCA Evanston/North Shore is widely known for their comprehensive domestic violence services, which emphasize educating women about domestic violence and its impact on them and their children, their options and the resources available to help, while providing them with emergency shelter. Building Healthy Relationships, an educational program for students from elementary school through high school, works towards stopping relationship violence through early intervention; helping children and young adults to learn the skills they need to both build and recognize healthy relationships as they mature.

The YWCA’s economic empowerment programs provide over 200 women each year with the financial information and tools they need to provide for themselves and their children, help them make informed financial decisions, and provide access to financial opportunities and resources.

“Our work at the YWCA,” continued Singer, “reflects the belief that through education, women are empowered and our families and communities are stronger because of it. I am proud to accept this award on behalf of all of us at the YW and I am so pleased to be working alongside the AAWCC in our shared mission.”

About the YWCA Evanston/North Shore:

The YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women has been put into practice in the Evanston/North Shore community since 1931. Today, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore focuses on ending violence against women and children; nurturing women’s economic empowerment and leadership; fostering racial, gender and economic equity; and empowerment through aquatics. For more information, please visit their website at: www.ywca.org/evanston, Facebook at: www.facebook.com/YWCAEvanstonNorthShore and Twitter at: www.twitter.com/YWCAevanston.