YWCA Madison Amplify Madison Launches the Amplify Madison Academy and Second Cohort of Awardees

    Dane Arts Mural Arts are one of the Amplify Madison Awardees for 2019.

    YWCA Madison and Madison Community Foundation invite community members to join them at The Spark on May 10, 2-4 p.m. for the Amplify Madison Academy Launch event where all 12 teams of women awarded with an Amplify Madison grant will be featured and celebrated.

    Amplify Madison has been made possible with a $75,000 grant and additional funding from Madison Community Foundation (MCF). Amplify Madison funded collaborative projects to build skill, voice, and visibility for women working in the Madison region’s thriving nonprofit community.

    “Madison Community Foundation works with hundreds of area nonprofits. This project helps amplify the voice and skills of women leaders and their agencies, increasing community collaboration and impact,” says Tom Linfield, Madison Community Foundation VP of Community Impact, in a press release. “We are thrilled to work with YWCA Madison and fund this exciting project.”

    The Amplify Madison project has funded significant professional development opportunities for women from nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on building partnerships between organizations. Building on new skills, the participants will develop community engagement activities for Madison audiences based on new knowledge, skills and experiences as gained through their projects. This innovative approach is nurturing cross-sector collaborations and community-wide conversations, while also giving women, and particularly women of color, opportunities that center and amplify their professional capabilities and voice in Madison.

    “We are very excited to host such a great opportunity to empower women in the Madison area,” said YWCA Madison’s CEO Vanessa McDowell in a statement. “Our entire community will be enriched when we make it possible to build stronger relationships and have more diverse voices sharing knowledge.”

    Amplify Madison Awardees for 2019 are (project teams in alphabetical order):

    • Black and Brown Women Unite to Heal – Libby Lee, Calandra Locatelli-Benson, Nancy Gómez (Briarpatch Youth Services).
    • CC for Change – Saran Ouk, Christina Outlay and Kia Stearn (conNEXTions, Colorcoded and Positive Women for Change).
    • Construction Workforce Diversity Alliance Tradeswomen Network – Michelle Bozeman, Jasmine Banks, Monica Caldwell (Urban League of Greater Madison, Operation Fresh Start, Latino Academy).
    • Dane Arts Mural Arts – Amy Zaremba, Emida Roller, Alicia Rheal (DAMA).
    • EMC²- De’Kendrea B. Stamps, Anglinia Washington, Britt Gottschalk (East Madison Community Center).
    • Hmong Women Leadership Project – Mai Zong Vue, Choua Her, Youhung (Moha) Her-Xiong (The Hmong Institute).
    • Neighborhood Organizing Network – Alix Shabazz, Nikki Conklin, Jeanice Franklin (Lussier Community Education Center, Wexford Ridge Tenant Working Group).
    • The Sista’s of Genesis – Lynetta Latham, Belinda Richardson, Brittany Neal (Hope Haven, The Road Home of Dane County).
    • Xicanas Poderosas con Una Misión – Silvia Gómez de Soriano, Marisela Gómez Castellanos, Josselin Ceballos de Santiago, (Xicanx Institute for Education and Self-Determination/East High School, [Re]Generación/Centro Hispano).

    For more information, contact Jay Young, YWCA Madison Marketing and Development Manager, at (608) 257-1436 (option 2) or [email protected]