A Letter from GameChangers
As many of you are aware, Knox County Schools has announced they will remain closed through the end of this school year. GameChangers groups are following suit and have been put on hold as well. While our mentors miss seeing each of their GameChangers each week, we believe that these are necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our community. However, GameChangers will remain steadfast in their pursuit of educating youth on how to prevent violence against women and girls. Follow along on all our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the upcoming and new ways in which we will continue to change the game. To kick things off, we encourage you to check out our new bystander intervention videos here. These training videos give a glimpse into what a GameChangers session looks like. Check them out!
We also want to encourage all our friends and partners to be GameChangers through being active bystanders. We know that home is not safe for everyone. Please take some time to learn more from YWCA Victim Advocacy Program Coordinator, Catherine Jones, about the specific services available for victims of domestic violence. Please share these resources and remember to check in on your loved ones.
The YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley will also continue to provide life-saving services to our clients facing domestic violence, unemployment, and food insecurity through:
- housing and assistance to the 58 women in our on-site Keys of Hope Women’s Program,
- providing safety planning and danger assessments to clients fleeing domestic violence across our six-county service area,
- supporting our scattered-site transitional housing clients,
- and ensuring that East Knoxville families served by our Phyllis Wheatley Community Center have the food and supplies they need during this period of uncertainty.
Please consider getting involved in a manner that is safe and smart for you and your health. Thank you for caring about the most vulnerable in our community!