Activists and Agitators

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2019 Activists and Agitators
Find Your Voice, Let It Out

An evening with mental health and social justice activist, Achea Redd

Activists and Agitators is an evening fundraiser dedicated to uniting the Columbus community, inspiring attendees to pursue greater social change than we can achieve alone. At Activists and Agitators, we’ll foster dialogue, provide practical resources and educate the community on how to promote empowerment and inclusion.

YWCA Columbus has partnered with mental health and social justice activist Achea Redd for this year’s event: Activists and Agitators—Find Your Voice, Let it Out. Achea will help foster dialogue, provide practical resources and educate the Columbus community on how to create meaningful change in their lives and the lives of others. Attendees will also learn about YWCA Columbus’ programs and how they can help further the organization’s mission. The program will spotlight activists and agitators from the community including, Jeni Britton Bauer from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Fran Frazier from Rise Sister Rise. We’re also excited to announce special performances by Nina West and Gabrielle Solange.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

5:00 – 6:15 PM (Networking with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and marketplace featuring women and minority-owned businesses)
6:30 – 7:30 PM (Program)
7:30 – 8:30 PM (Sponsor After Party)
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Short North Ballroom

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Achea Redd

About Our Speaker

Achea Redd is a mental health and social justice advocate from Columbus, author of “Be Free. Be You.,” and founder of Real Girls F.A.R.T (Fearless. Authentic. Rescuer. Trailblazer). She is an activist in the race and equity, feminism, and intersectionality spaces, but her main focus is black mental health and empowering women in the mental health space. After being diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder in 2016, Redd started chronicling her mental health journey on her blog. Inspired by her struggles with perfectionism and the trials of being an NBA wife, Achea equips others with the necessary tools to use their voices and become their best, most authentic selves. She is also a national ambassador and advocate for Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s “On Our Sleeves” Movement for Child Mental Health. Follow Achea @realgirlsfart.

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Invest In Women and Girls

All funds raised at Activists and Agitators will go toward two leadership programs: Leadership for Social Change and our recently relaunched Bright Futures program, which provides leadership, confidence building, and empowerment training to girls in the most under-resourced neighborhoods in Columbus. To learn more about YWCA Columbus Leadership Programs click here.


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Fantastic event! I love how the event encourages connection, action and taking the risk to create change. Because the speakers and messages were so well aligned with the YWCA’s mission and vision, the event felt authentic and important – and that’s no easy feat.
Activists and Agitators Attendee


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