The YWCA of Lewiston and Clarkston is offering a 21-day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge. This online challenge is designed to encourage people to build more effective daily social justice habits, particularly those dealing with race, power, privilege, and leadership, according to a description on the YWCA’s website.

Amanda Wilhelm, director of community engagement for YWCA Lewiston and Clarkston said she hopes the challenge “will inspire discussion and create learning opportunities in our communities.”

Online registration for this free program begins on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 18):

The YWCA of Lewiston and Clarkston, Wash., is a private, nonprofit social service organization with a local office in Kamiah.

The challenge will run Monday-Friday from Feb. 1- March 1 . Each of the 21 days of the challenge, participants will receive an e-mail “prompt” with a short reading, video or audio file on a racial equity or social justice topic, including several days about indigenous people, according to Wilhelm. She said that the 21-day time length was chosen because, “that’s how long it takes to develop a habit.”

Each day will include three options depending on how much time the participant can devote. Each day’s activity will range from five to 30 minutes, depending on which option is selected, according to Wilhelm.

In addition to the daily prompts, each participant will be invited to join a closed Facebook group to share resources and thoughts with other group members, according to Wilhelm. The facebook group will continue after the challenge is over, to encourage people to continue to connect about these issues.

This challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving and was adapted for YWCA use by the YWCA Greater Cleveland. YWCA’s across the country have used the program.

“The YWCA of Lewiston and Clarkston is dedicated to empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all,” according to its mission statement.

For information, contact Amanda Wilhelm, YWCA director of community engagement, at 208-743-1535.

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