Living as a person of color in the U.S. is not easy. This is true whether one is a new arrival or was born here. Maine offers a growing number of resources to help people thrive, including nonprofits, grassroots organizations, and immigrant-led associations and community organizations. Six such organizations are described below. Stay tuned to Amjambo Africa to keep in touch with services directed at helping people.  

YWCA After school program
YW Strive cohort graduation

YWCA Central Maine is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Our programs address the educational, health and wellness, and economic development needs of our community at the intersection of racial justice and women’s empowerment. We offer culturally inclusive, quality childcare programming for ages 18 months to 12 years to support our vision of a world free from discrimination where all women and families can reach their fullest potential. 

All of our health and wellness programming centers culturally appropriate and empowering opportunities, including our free weekly Single Gender Swim program. We operate the only regulation-size, fully accessible public pool in L/A, where we host swim teams, provide lifeguard and water safety classes, offer swim lessons and water fitness, and more. Seeking to end the racial and economic disparities in drownings, we provide swim lessons and lifeguard training scholarships for those most impacted. 

Our free MS Wellness program was designed specifically for women diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but is inclusive of all, to integrate healthy behaviors into care. In 2023, we also launched YW Strive, a free workforce development and professional certificate program designed to provide digital literacy and workforce skills. For more info: www.ywcamaine.org

130 East Ave., Lewiston