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This interview with Danielle Moss Lee, chief executive of the Y.W.C.A. of the City of New York, was conducted and condensed by Catherine Fredman.
“The YWCA of the City of New York was the nation’s first YWCA and now serves 2,500 families in the five boroughs. Since joining the organization in 2012, President and CEO Danielle Moss Lee has promoted and expanded its social justice advocacy for women and girls. Recently, she co-chaired the New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative, an effort to remove the systemic barriers to achievement that disproportionately affect young women of color.
How is the YWCA of New York City distinct from the national YWCA?
All YWCAs have the same mission: eliminating racism and empowering women. We are wholly focused on developing women and girls from all walks of life here in the New York City area.
How do you interpret the mission within the context of New York City?
We believe the work we do to develop teen girls and young women ages 21 to 35, and the child care programs we offer that make it possible for working families to know their kids are safe, are vital.”