21 Day Challenge


What is the 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge?

The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits.

You will be presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. Anyone can take part in the YWCA 21-Day Challenge. We hope you will join us on this journey and we can’t wait to get started!

In June of 2020, the YWCA of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia launched the 

21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge

If you missed the  opportunity to participate last year we are reintroducing the challenge.

About the 21-Day Challenge

Originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving, this 21-Day Challenge has been adapted by organizations across the country. It is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

We want to thank Food Solutions New England for inspiring this challenge. They were the first to adapt an exercise from Dr. Moore and Irving’s book into the interactive 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, which they launched in 2014.

Participation in an activity like this helps us connect with one another, discover how racial inequity and social injustice impact our community, and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

The Timeframe

Each week starting on  June 19 through Friday, July 16, you will receive an email prompting you with the weekly challenges, with each day listed separately.

Why We're Hosting the Challenge

YWCA NETN & SWVA is hosting the 21-Day Challenge to further our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The YWCA NETN & SWVA has been in operation since 1943.

How to Sign Up

Sign up now! Before Day 1, you will receive an introductory email explaining the purpose of the challenge.

Starting on June 19, expect to receive weekly emails containing your challenge options.