“Whenever you feel like giving up, remember what kept you going for so long in the first place” -Anonymous
Jennifer Rohlf follows this quote in her work for the YWCA. She is an instrumental piece of the puzzle that makes up the YWCA and her passion for her work makes each day at work worth it.
Jennifer Rohlf’s passion for her job and the YWCA’s mission is what drew her to her work at the YWCA. Though she started as an education coordinator, she is currently the Director of Empowerment. Her main job as a program director is to oversee a variety of programs including case managers, community outreach, education and diversity services. Jennifer works alongside her team planning and creating a vision for each of the events.
Jennifer came to the YWCA six years ago as an education coordinator. She was looking for a place where she could work with youth while also work in social justice. The YWCA was the place for her. She fell in love with the mission of “eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.” The mission matched her belief system and she liked what it stood for. Jennifer has become a part of a team that is willing to challenge the social norms and discuss the controversial topics. “We keep to the core of the mission and adapt our programs around the needs of the community,” says Jennifer.
Her favorite part of her job is getting to support and work with her team and staff. She enjoys getting to see the successes and progress that her team members make with their clients on a daily basis. Jennifer’s work gets back to the core of the mission and is her way of giving back to the community. One of her biggest highlights from her time at the YWCA came when she was working as an education coordinator. Jennifer would go into classrooms to speak with students about relationships and abuse and the things people have not talked to them about. This gave Jennifer the opportunity to build relationships with the kids. She made it her personal challenge to get through to the kids and gain their trust so they would be more willing to discuss their experiences. She takes pride in her work and her ability to connect with the students. Jennifer Rohlf found her home at the YWCA working with others to make the mission a reality. She believes that the YWCA has the power to combat the issues at hand while keeping the mission her driving force.