Welcoming Week September 14-23

Bringing people of all backgrounds together to create stronger communities.

Welcoming Week celebrates the growing movement of inclusive communities that fully embrace New Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. Created by YMCA of the USA’s (Y-USA) national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

With more than 42 million foreign-born individuals currently living in the U.S.—more than at any other point in history—it is imperative for the well-being of our communities that all neighbors have opportunities to engage, build mutual understanding and work together to create positive social progress for all.

At the Y, we celebrate Welcoming Week as an expression of our cause to strengthen community by celebrating diversity and fostering social cohesion, building bridges between new Americans and their neighbors.

Get Involved

Attend the Welcoming Week Kick-off Celebration

Join fellow Y members to celebrate the start of Welcoming Week at the family friendly premier of Palo Alto Art Center’s fall exhibition, Care and Feeding: The Art of Parenthood. Welcoming Week participants will receive a complimentary drink ticket for beer or wine upon entry.

Fall Exhibition Opening Night & Welcoming Week Kick Off
Friday, September 14, 7-10 PM

Palo Alto Art Center [Directions]

Attend the Welcoming Week Closing Celebration

Palo Alto Family YMCA and Avenidas present a free family friendly “Moon Festival” cultural celebration. Enjoy arts and crafts, live music, snacks, storytelling and more – all presented in both English and Chinese.

Avenidas Mid-Autumn
Moon Festival Cultural Event

Friday, September 21, 3-5 PM

Cubberley Community Center [Directions]

Educate youth by reading a children’s book and engaging them in discussion.

  1. Read Rene Has Two Last Names. Available at your public library, or most booksellers.
  2. Discuss the book with your children by downloading the lesson plan and activity.
  3. Youth under age five can enjoy an age appropriate activity.
Select YMCAs will be hosting storytelling events.
Visit your local branch for story times.

Get Social

Be a Welcomer on Social Media

  1. Download the “I’m a Welcomer” sign here,
    or visit your branch to participate in the activity.
  2. Fill in your sign.
  3. Take a photo with the sign.
  4. Share on social media using #YforAll, #CelebrateDiversity, and #WelcomingWeek.

Show your support for our changing communities on social media.

Click on your favorite infographic below to share it with your online community.



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