YWCA leader an advocate helping women overcome life’s challenges

November 24, 2016 04:03 PM

A local woman is thankful for the women she works with.

These are women some have forgotten about, but not Daquetta Jones. That's because she used to be one of those women.

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Even as a teenager, Jones knew she wanted to become a leader.

"Anything that I did, I did it as if I was a leader," she explained.

However, life would first create for her a resume based on unpleasant experiences -- such as losing one of her twins as a teen mom. 

"I had experienced domestic violence, I had experienced homelessness with my son. Just some unfortunate situations that had transpired," she admitted.

After earning a Bachelors and Masters, her experiences altogether would serve as the perfect backdrop for her to work with women that she would meet years later as the Executive Director of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region. These women would touch her heart.

"The thing that most people probably don't know about the women who live here is there have been women who can sit exactly where I’m sitting at today," explained Jones. "All of them have stories and they're very different."

So what are the biggest road block to women succeeding?

"When we talk about economic empowerment for women, that's something we need to address because women definitely in New York State are mostly head of households and are the bread winners," Jones noted.

While some may overlook the women of The Y, not Jones. They're always on her mind. She's always advocating for them like she did earlier this year at the United State of Women Conference sponsored by the White House.

Even when she's receiving an award such as the "OWL" award from Planned Parenthood, she's doing so with the women she works with in mind.

She knows without places like the YWCA, her life and theirs would be very different.

"I see them as important. Everybody is important to me," she affirmed.


WNYT Staff

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