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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 3, 2022)  YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee is launching a brand new 21 Days of Anti-Racism Challenge next month to build community around racial justice and equity issues. The 21 Day Challenge, presented by leading building products manufacturer LP Building Solutions, is designed to create dedicated time and space to develop more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, and privilege. The 21 Day Challenge registration is OPEN, and the initiative will begin on April 1. Click here to register.

“YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee’s mission is eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all,” said Sharon K. Roberson, president and CEO of the 124-year old organization. “Now more than ever, it is crucial that we continue our racial and social justice pledge. We invite the community to stand with YWCA against racism and discrimination of any kind and join us for this new 21 Day Challenge, because there’s always more to learn.”

Beginning on April 1, participants will be sent a daily e-mail and be presented with challenges on four topics – Understanding Critical Race Theory, Living Wage, Representation in Film & TV, and Women’s Health. Challenge-takers will be prompted to read an article, listen to a podcast, reflect on personal experience and more. Participation in the project is intended to help individuals discover the origins of racial and social injustices that continue to impact our community today.  YWCA will host the annual Stand Against Racism community rally in downtown Nashville during the last week of The Challenge.

YWCA is grateful to LP Building Solutions for signing on as our presenting sponsor. The Nashville-based company took part in our previous Challenges and was inspired to do more.

“At LP Building Solutions, we believe fairness, mutual respect, and equal treatment for all must be the core of our culture, so every employee feels welcomed and heard,” said Senior Vice President, Chief HR and Transformation Officer Robin Everhart. “Many of our employees, including our full Executive Team, participated in the last YWCA 21 Day Challenge, which we found educational and inspiring. It is our honor to support the program this year as one small way we are able to take meaningful steps for progress and change.”

YWCA also thanks Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson®) for signing on again this year as Peace Sponsor for the 21 Day Challenge. Organizations interested in sponsoring this project should contact Shannon Lapsley via email.  Visit www.ywcanashville.com/challenge to sign up for our 21 Day Challenge.

The 21 Day Challenge was originally developed by noted scholars, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving. We want to thank Food Solutions New England for inspiring this project and adapting an exercise from Dr. Moore and Irving’s book into the interactive 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge, which they launched in 2014. We also want to thank YWCA Greater Cleveland for generously allowing us to adapt their initiative for our local association.

About YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee
For 124 years, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has helped women, girls and families in Nashville and Middle Tennessee build safer, more self-sufficient lives. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Programs include Domestic Violence Services, Girls Inc., AMEND Together, Social Justice & Advocacy, Dress for Success and the Family Learning Center. For more information, www.ywcanashville.com , follow us on twitter @YWCANashville, Instagram @YWCANashvile and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/YWCANashville.If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, call the 24-hour Crisis & Support Helpline – 800-334-4628 or 24-hour Textline 615-983-5170.

About LP Building Solutions
As a leader in high-performance building solutions, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP Building Solutions, NYSE: LPX) manufactures engineered wood building products that meet the demands of builders, remodelers, and homeowners worldwide. LP’s extensive offerings include innovative and dependable building products and accessories, such as Siding Solutions (LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding, LP BuilderSeries® Lap Siding, and LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®), LP Structural Solutions (LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier, LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier, LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring, and LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing and more), LP® TopNotch® Sub-Flooring, and oriented strand board (OSB). In addition to product solutions, LP provides industry-leading customer service and warranties. Since its founding in 1972, LP has been Building a Better World™ by helping customers construct beautiful, durable homes while our shareholders build lasting value. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LP operates 25 plants across the U.S., Canada, Chile, and Brazil. For more information, visit LPCorp.com.

About Jackson
Jackson® (NYSE: JXN) is committed to helping clarify the complexity of retirement planning—for financial professionals and their clients. Our range of annuity products, financial know-how, history of award-winning service* and streamlined experiences strive to reduce the confusion that complicates retirement planning. We take a balanced, long-term approach to responsibly serving all of our stakeholders, including customers, shareholders, distribution partners, employees, regulators and community partners. We believe by providing clarity for all today, we can help drive better outcomes for tomorrow. For more information, visit www.jackson.com.