Whit McWilliams

Youth Educator

wmcwilliams@dayoneny.org

Whit is a Youth Educator at Day One. She works in high schools, ACS Close to Home sites and within community based organizations throughout the 5 boroughs to deliver Day One’s educational and interactive workshops. These workshops provide students with foundational skills and tools to build healthy and safe relationships. Workshops are tailored to the specific needs of each site and engage a variety of learning styles. In addition to her work with students, Whit also facilitates workshops for caregivers, school staff and other youth-serving professionals around supporting healthy relationship development in youth as well as link young people and families already experiencing intimate partner violence to direct assistance.

Whit is a born and bred Alabama girl. She received her B.A. in Gender & Women’s Studies at Hollins University where she focused on best practices in birth for marginalized bodies and began studying reproductive justice histories in an attempt to recenter medical norms. Through Hollins’ Heritage Committee Whit focused on unearthing the stories of the slaves and their families that helped build, sustain and continue to serve the faculty and students. Whit is also a birth doula and Founder of Collective Childbirth, a coalition of holistic and culturally competent birth advocates.

In her spare time, Whit is practicing mindfulness, reading queer femme political literature and exploring NYC. Being at Day One is significant for Whit as she believes that the spaces Day One creates foster a sense of progress towards a transformed and decolonized social climate.

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