Advocacy Agenda

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YWCA Columbus Advocacy Agenda

With the help of our board of trustees, YWCA Columbus has adopted a courageous advocacy and engagement agenda, because we know that programming alone is not enough; we need policy changes to help us fulfill our mission now and over the long term. Our agenda includes increasing the number of affordable housing units and programs that stabilize households, removing the barriers that racism and inequity create, increasing economic mobility for women and people of color, and investments in young women and children. YWCA Columbus is on a mission to create systemic change.


2023-2024 Advocacy Agenda

Social Justice/Eliminating Racism

• Honesty in Ohio’s K-12 curriculum
• Equitable public safety
• Justice and equity for LGBTQ+ community


Empowering Women

• Ensuring living wage for all
• Protecting reproductive healthcare


Housing Justice

• Improving access to shelter programming, renting, and homeownership


Youth Development

• Children are kindergarten-ready
• Access to high-quality before-and-after school programs
• Family representation in policies


Show Up and Speak Up

At YWCA Columbus we truly believe that we all have to speak up and show up. We must act boldly and confront big problems so that we can build a more equitable community—changing policy not just delivering programs. We need you to be with us to fight for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

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YWCA Columbus Advocacy Committee

Erika Clark Jones, Chair
ADAMH Board of Franklin County

Shawna Davis

Aneca Lasley
Ice Miller LLP

Jillian Olinger
The Community Builders, Inc.

Keena Smith
The Women’s Center for Economic Opportunity

Gregory Lestini
Bricker Graydon

Cassi Baker
Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Autumn Glover

Kyle Strickland
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University

Linda Kanney
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Central Ohio Chapter