We invite you to join us for We Wear Black, every Friday, throughout the month of February. We wear black to celebrate Black History and our community. We wear black to show our stance against injustice. We wear black as a symbol of hope, awareness, and togetherness. We wear black to share our commitment to inclusion and equity for all.
The YMCA's African American Resource Network (AARN) cast a vision in 2020, as a response to the societal awakening to systemic racism, imploring all Ys to become anti-racist, multicultural organizations that intentionally lead and boldly model diverse and inclusive cultures that impact and strengthen the foundations of our communities. The AARN acknowledges the history of racism in the US which permeates every system including our organization. We acknowledge that in order to dismantle these systems of oppression we must work in solidarity against all forms of social inequality and oppression.
WHEN: Fridays in February
HOW: Wear black clothes every Friday
Thank you for taking a stand and celebrating alongside the African American Resource Network and the Summit Area YMCA!
As a part of celebrating Black History Month, the Summit Area YMCA invites all YMCA staff, volunteers, members and the community to join us in various activities to learn about the significance of Black History Month and important figures that pioneered the way for others today. To learn more, visit here.
Mission Advancement and Development Director
SUMMIT AREA YMCA
In 1886, we were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association, but today, we are The Y. An association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. We stand for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility — For a better us. We are committed to creating equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, age, disability, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive culture in which our four core values — responsibility, honesty, caring and respect — are integral to everyday operations.
Each year, as one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations, the Summit Area YMCA serves more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the New Jersey communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Our history is rooted in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those in need.