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If you or someone you know has been the victim of a racially motivated incident of hate or violence, please contact the Carlisle Community Responders Network at CarlisleCRN@yahoo.com

21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

The challenge has ended for 2021. Check back spring of 2022 for our next challenge!

What if the most important voice in the conversation about Racial Equity and Social Justice is your voice. What if you had a seat at the table? What would you say? What if your voice is the one that is missing?

YWCA Carlisle & Cumberland County, in partnership with Hope Station, is taking a journey into racial justice learning. And we are challenging you to join us. It will take 21 days of commitment to looking honestly and openly at your own story. Research shows it takes 21 days to create a habit – good or bad.

  • 21 days of repeating steps to ingrain a new way of being into your everyday life.
  • 21 days to become an instrument of change.
  • 21 days to find your voice.

Everyday, we’ll have tools to help you on your personal path of growth. We will focus on issues local and global, personal and professional. You will get an email with your daily challenge, as well as additional resources to deepen your knowledge.

Accept the challenge as an individual, with friends, or form a team with co-workers or peers. Just accept the challenge to jumpstart a new way of seeing the world and practical ways to support all people of color who you meet – every single day – and become a part of the solution.

May 11 – May 31, 2021. You must register to get materials.

Thank you to our Founding Sponsor, Giant.

Martin’s Mission

Our annual, FREE celebration of the life and mission of Martin Luther King, Jr. on his holiday. We went virtual for 2021, featuring presentations by Hope Station, Carlisle Arts Learning Center and a bedtime story with Dr. Renee Powell, the second African-American ever to play on the LPGA tour.

Children from kindergarten – 5th grade are welcomed to register and join us for a full day of fun, learning and advocacy!

Martin’s Mission 2022 is Monday, January 17, 2022.

Race Against Racism

Our annual 5k walk/run brings people together from the community to stand up against racism. Show your support for our BIPOC community members and hit the streets in Carlisle for a day of celebration.

Rise Book Club

Gathering women who want to be agents of change in their communities. A free initiative for adult women in Cumberland County to engage and discuss diverse book titles dealing with social justice issues. We are currently reading How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

Youth Leadership Conference

Our annual conference for Central PA High School Students to discuss and learn about issues of racial equity, intersectionality and gender identity and expression. Open to any student, anywhere in Central PA who has an interest in social justice and wants to engage in open discussions in a safe space with experts and peers.

2021 Youth Leadership Conference was held virtually, and in partnership with LGBT Center of Central PA, Cultural Bridges to Justice and Dickinson College.