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President's Message


NCBW Bergen/Passaic continues to stand strongly behind our mission. We advocate for and empower and enrich the lives of black women and girls in our communities by promoting leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.

Our focus for the year ahead will be to continue to provide programs to educate, raise awareness, and inspire action that will bring about positive and meaningful change.

  • Although mid-tem elections are some time away, civic involvement and support of legislation focusing on voter rights and registration over the next 18 months will be critical.
  • Some strides have taken place in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but we are still underrepresented in these fields.  Our aim is to support and encourage STEM learning by participating in local STEM legislative events.
  • Our signature Role Model mentoring program allows us to have a long-lasting impact on the personal development and academic achievement of our mentees. Not only do the girls benefit from the relationships that are established with their mentors, they also receive scholarships from NCBW’s Mary Ann Miller Scholarship Fund to help offset undergraduate college costs.  This year our Role Model program was recognized by “Teaneck Comes Together” for its outstanding service to the youth in Teaneck.

In closing, with the commitment and dedication of the chapter membership combined with the support of family, friends and community partners, NCBW Bergen/Passaic’s organizational energies will continue to raise awareness in our focus areas. By doing so, we will make the towns in which we live stronger by addressing issues in these areas. 

I invite you to browse our website and “friend” us on our FaceBook page to learn more about our organization and to keep abreast of upcoming programs and events.

Warm Regards,

Yvonne L. Witter, PHR

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