Emily Ostrowski


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Fiddler comes with strings attached

Playing the fiddle has always come easily to Aarun Carter, and music has always been a part of her life. Her mother, Denise, an accomplished musician herself, competed in a fiddling contest when she was eight months pregnant with her daughter.

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Challenging Our Perceptions of Stalking - YWCA Clark County

January marks the 15th Annual National Stalking Awareness Month, where efforts are made across the country to highlight the seriousness and dangers of stalking, as well as what individuals and communities can do to stay safe. While YWCA Clark County doesn't have a program solely devoted to stalking crimes, it is a behavior that can ...

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Battle Ground High School senior wins Marshall youth award

"While you were sleeping, we were drilling." That quote appears on Aléna Jarvis' Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps T-shirt, and its sentiment reverberates through every aspect of her life. Jarvis, a senior at Battle Ground High School, is this year's recipient of the General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award.

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Dance and diversity on Cinco de Mayo

Residents of Kamlu Retirement Inn got a special Cinco de Mayo treat when students from Pioneer Elementary's Spanish Dual Immersion dance troupe put on a performance to celebrate cultural diversity. Thirty students were dressed to the nines in attire honoring various cultures, and excited to perform the routines they had worked on for the last several weeks.

Good show! How an NGO convinced commercial TV to serve the poor

Information is power, but only if people have access to it. In 2006, a Swiss NGO teamed with Indonesian media to bring that power to small businesses. The program, Cabe Rawit, premiered to commercial success and a great deal of viewer interest.

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United in Remembrance and Conversation: Working Together to Make Our Community Safer for...

by Emily Ostrowski On November 20th, YWCA Clark County hosted members of the community for a vigil, followed by a facilitated community conversation in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance. Since its inception in 1999 Transgender Day of Remembrance is meant to memorialize those who have lost their lives due to transphobia and draw attention ...

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Scout runs the table on awards

At age 12, Jourdan Hale achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. According to the Boy Scouts of America, only 7 percent of all Boy Scouts ever reach the Eagle Scout rank, and the average age for reaching that mark is 17. However, Hale is no average scout.

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Full Moon Rising

Photo Courtesy of: Rachel Kramer/ CC BY 2.0 A full moon shines tomorrow, and brings with it a host of different meanings, theories, and rituals. For some, full moons are linked with chaos and insanity. After all, the word "lunatic" comes from the Roman Moon Goddess Luna, and folklore has

Seeing the Gray in "Orange is the New Black"

By: Emily Ostrowski (Contains some spoilers for Season 1 of Orange is the New Black) Like many fans of Netflix sensation Orange is the New Black (OitNB), I was thrilled when they announced the show's second season will be available to stream June 6th, 2014.

The Cycle of Abuse and Homelessness

by Emily Ostrowski One of the most important factors in helping survivors of domestic violence escape their abusers is their ability to find safe, affordable housing. Unfortunately, this often proves a difficult task. Not only do abusers frequently exert control of their partner's finances, but available low-income housing is at historic lows both locally and nationally.

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2 Vancouver artists on display at watercolor exhibition

What: Northwest Watercolor Society's 76th Annual International Open. * Where: Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island, WA 98040. * When: April 18-June 3. The public and media are invited to the artists' reception and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at the Mercer Island Community Center.

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Couple fire up artistry

Artists Dave and Boni Deal are putting on their first show of the year - and the first in their hometown of Camas in several years. It started Friday at Second Story Gallery in the Camas Public Library. The exhibit, "Dave and Boni Deal: Raku Ceramics & Paintings," runs through March 26.

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Vancouver man advances in NASA contest

A Vancouver man is flying high after being named one of 30 winners of NASA's Robotic Arm Crowdsourcing Challenge. Ryan Boyd, 34, beat out more than 33,000 people from all over the world to be selected for the second phase of the challenge.

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George Marshall Award nominees announced

Five Clark County residents have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award, and 37 Clark County high school seniors have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award. The two 2016 award recipients will be announced at a ceremony at 6 p.m.

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2016 Iris Awards will go to Garrett, McEnerny-Ogle

Two Clark County women known for their deep involvement in the community have been announced as winners of the 2016 Iris Awards: Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Katherine Garrett. The Iris Awards, honoring women in Southwest Washington who exhibit leadership and serve their communities, will be given at 6 p.m.

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Joy Team spreading its smiles across 41 U.S. cities

People driving around Vancouver the week of March 14 may notice billboards popping up with reminders to "Think happy. Be happy," or "Something wonderful is about to happen." These positive messages are going to be sprouting up on 56 billboards in 41 cities as part of the Smile Across America campaign from Vancouver nonprofit The Joy Team and Natural Life, an artisan market based out of Florida.

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The Power of Prevention

YWCA Clark County is dedicated to empowering and supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse, but our aim is to also change the pervasive culture of violence that contributes to these issues in the first place. We do this in part by actively engaging our community in prevention programs that seek to stop violence before it starts.

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Bank of America Supports Foster Youth - YWCA Clark County

In the summer of 2018 The Bank of America Foundation generously awarded a $10,000 grant to YWCA Clark County's Independent Living Skills Program (ILS) for the program's project "Fostering Independence and Workforce Development for Foster Youth." ILS helps foster youth age 15-21 successfully transition from state-supported care to independent living.

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We Stand With Dreamers - YWCA Clark County

by Emily Ostrowski In September of this year the Trump Administration announced it would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, otherwise known as DACA. This program, enacted five years earlier by President Obama, protected 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children from deportation.

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Thank You Bank of America for Supporting Survivors! - YWCA Clark County

by Emily Ostrowski YWCA Clark County's SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program works around the clock to help survivors of domestic abuse escape dangerous situations, and offers women, children, and families safe and stable housing both on a temporary and long-term basis. It is vital, life-saving work, and it is something we could not do alone.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Interview with Michelle Thor of Columbia Credit Union - YWCA Clark County

by Emily Ostrowski At YWCA Clark County we continually stress how important support from our community is in helping us live out our mission, serve the people of Clark County, and help them achieve greatness. Every contribution that is made by volunteers, grantors, sponsors, and community partners is felt and appreciated, which is why we...

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"CASA Crew" Gives Back During NAMI Walk - YWCA Clark County

by Emily Ostrowski At YWCA Clark County we are proud to have staff and volunteers who seek to get involved in our community, both at work and in their spare time. On May 20th several CASA staff members gave back by participating in the NAMIWalks Northwest 5k Event in Portland.

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Creating a Culture of Consent - YWCA Clark County

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we've been holding a series of community events in our ongoing commitment to support survivors and help prevent sexual assault. One such event was a community discussion entitled "Conversation Hour on Consent Culture" co-facilitated by Austin Lea from Planned Parenthood, and Jessie Spinney, Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist for YWCA ...

"I Am Jane Doe" Screening and Panel Offered Local Insight into Human Trafficking

by Emily Ostrowski Last month 75 people gathered at Kiggins Theater in Vancouver to watch a free screening of the critically acclaimed documentary "I Am Jane Doe" put on by YWCA Clark County, in partnership with the National Women's Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVE), and the Clark County Human Trafficking Task Force.

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Public Policy Progress in 2018! - YWCA Clark County

Washington State Legislature wrapped up their first session of 2018 earlier this month. At YWCA Clark County we are immensely pleased with several pieces of legislation that passed that improve access to reproductive rights, support affordable housing, and strengthen and expand voting and immigrant rights.

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ILS Participants Take Part in Youth Advocacy Day! - YWCA Clark County

Earlier this year several members of our Independent Learning Skills Program met with members of our community partner Janus Youth Programs and headed up to Olympia for Youth Advocacy Day, where they joined over 300 others to speak with legislators and advocate for issues pertaining to foster care and homelessness.

CASA: Giving a Voice to Children in Need

YWCA Clark County is driven by the desire to help those most vulnerable in our community. Our Clark County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program is one of the many ways we do that. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and CASA is designed to advocate for the best interest of Clark County children in the dependency system, and be their voice in the court system.

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Your Support Changes Lives - YWCA Clark County

Sarah had just turned 18, and left her former foster home with very few resources. Because she had nowhere to go she ended up returning to live with several family members who were heavily into drugs and alcohol. Sarah quickly realized that this was not a safe place for her to stay, and she reached ...

Interview with "Girls on the Run" Founder Molly Barker

Empowerment, at its core, is about making people aware of their value. It's about providing the skills, knowledge, and belief to people that they can handle and overcome whatever life hands them, and it is essential to the mission of YWCA Clark County.

Seeing the Gray... Part 2: Interview with Michael Sutcliffe | ywca clark county

In the last issue, the popular Netflix show Orange is the New Black (OINTB). Part of that review dealt with the ways in which the show portrays prison life. For better insight into the topic I interviewed PhD candidate and WORTH volunteer Michael Sutcliffe, who has worked for years with various organizations that serve incarcerated populations.

Celebrating 2015 Val Joshua Award Recipients

Social justice does not just "happen." It takes dedicated individuals, groups and communities to instigate change, keep the momentum, spread the word, and celebrate successes. One way YWCA Clark County celebrates those who are making a significant impact in social justice is through The Val Joshua Racial Justice and Youth Social Justice Awards.

LGBTQ Advocacy and Support at YWCA Clark County

Like so many across the country, YWCA of Clark County rejoiced in Friday's SCOTUS decision declaring a constitutional right to marriage equality across the country. We've long embraced diversity, and stood for the fair and equal treatment of our LGBTQ citizens.

Join the Purple Purse Challenge!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and part of YWCA Clark County's mission during this time is to bring attention to and get involved with powerful and worthwhile campaigns and events that need support. One such campaign is The Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse.

You're Invited to "In Her Shoes"

In addition to our ongoing efforts to raise funds for Purple Purse Challenge this October, YWCA Clark County is hosting the event "In Her Shoes" Tuesday, October 20th from 4-7pm. Described by our SafeChoice Program Director Stephanie Barr, "In Her Shoes" exists "to help people who have not experienced domestic violence better understand the experience of trying to survive and possibly leave an abusive relationship.

Join Us for Give More 24: September 24th, 2015

YWCA Clark County is happy to once again be partnering with Give More 24, a regional 24 hour online giving challenge organized by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington (CFSWW). This year the event will begin Thursday, September 24th at exactly 12AM and continue throughout the day.

Celebrating Our Generous Community

At YWCA we know that we would not be able to do what we do without the support of our community. That's one of the reasons we love shining the spotlight on individuals who embody the values of commitment, service, respect, diversity, and teamwork.

Diversity in Police Force Can Aid Domestic Abuse Survivors

We are nearing the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but our advocacy and support for survivors of domestic abuse is a year-round endeavor. At YWCA we recognize that each survivor's story and experiences are unique, and we strive to highlight how issues like racism, heterosexism, and language barriers complicate the experience of domestic violence survivors seeking help.

Cheers to Greatness! | ywca clark county

If you are a lover of fine wine and supporting your community, the Classic Wines Auction (CWA) just might be one of your new favorite nonprofits. The Classic Wines Auction is an annual event that features wine and food tastings, entertainment, a silent auction featuring mobile bidding, and an exhilarating live auction with a gourmet, five-course dinner.

Teaching Empathy with Consistency | ywca clark county

By: Emily Ostrowski What do Sesame Street and Y's Care have in common? If you attend YWCA's annual Inspire Luncheon on Wednesday, September 10th you'll be sure to find out! Sonia Manzano, best known as Maria from Sesame Street, will be joining us to share her ongoing message of empowering and educating children.

Meet Val Anderson | ywca clark county

By: Emily Ostrowski One of the things we here at YWCA Clark County always love to do is acknowledge the incredible work and dedication of our employees and volunteers. Val Anderson is someone who is absolutely deserving of such acknowledgement. She has been with YWCA for 21 years and currently serves as the administrative specialist for our CASA Program.

bridging generations | ywca clark county

by Emily Ostrowski YWCA's annual Community Celebration was held on June, 18 th - a celebration of diversity, racial justice, and social change; three ideals at the core of YWCA's values and mission. This year's theme was "Bridging Generations."

meet Michelle Hurdle-Bradford | ywca clark county

By Emily Ostrowski Michelle Hurdle-Bradford has been at YWCA Clark County for the past eight years. Started as a volunteer as a trainer of diversity classes,she was then hired four years ago as the Social Change Program Manager. Before coming to YWCA, Michelle worked 25 years as Vice President of Operations for a major bank.

a solid foundation for survivors | ywca clark county

By: Emily Ostrowski Often at people's darkest hours is when YWCA provides the help they seek. When those people come into our office, we want them to feel at ease and empowered. One of the first and most fundamental ways to do this is to create an environment that feels comfortable and have available up-to-date resources to assist them and their families.

Irma Magana

By Emily Ostrowski Irma Magana has served YWCA Clark County as a bilingual advocate for the Sexual Assault Program for the past seven years, and has an undeniable enthusiasm for the work she does. "Everything I do I enjoy, even if sometimes it's a little scary," she says.

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Brief History of the Caftan & Why You Should Get One Now!

You might have noticed that here at Moon Rush Designs, we have a bit of a thing for caftans. We see the light-weight, loose-fitting, robe-like garment as the perfect attire for the chaos that surrounds us on a daily basis. C

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Farm growth fights poverty twice as fast as other growth

Farm growth fights poverty twice as fast as other growth By Emily Ostrowski, September 14, 2012 The most equitable way a country can stimulate a post-conflict economy is to invest in agriculture, an African nonprofit says. The Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) is urging African governments to increase funding in the agricultural sector.

In Kenya, a mobile dairy app drives profits skyward

A relatively new mobile app has helped dairy farmers in Kenya increase their profits by 42 percent. Created by Green Dreams Tech Ltd. in 2010, iCow provides smallholder farmers in Kenya with information to help maximize their dairy production and increase their profits. So far, it seems to really work.

MFIs should offer more than just microfinance, study finds

Despite the surging popularity of microfinance in the last several decades, access among the poor in Asia and the Pacific remains low. A new report says technology and livelihood programs will put it in the hands of more people.

As climate becomes a moving target, 'virtual crops' aim for the future

Climate change is threatening crop survival. Some researchers believe the solution lies in "virtual crops." Using state-of-the-art computer modeling, scientists are identifying stress-resistant agricultural traits and testing out their hunches on plants that don't exist yet. The goal of this research is to determine crop characteristics that will produce the highest yields in increasingly hostile environments.

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