The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) event honors women who have made significant contributions to their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of TWIN. Leading up to this year’s September 15th event, we will highlight each of our 25 incredible TWIN Honorees. If you would like more information about the TWIN event, or would like to reserve a ticket, please visitwww.ywcaofasheville.org.
Erika Germer has dedicated herself to the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA). The program is an integral part of the city’s “grow our own initiative” as envisioned by Mayor Bellamy and City Council. Erika is an essential piece to the success of the program; cultivating relationships with previous and upcoming CAYLA students, developing relationships with area businesses for sponsorships and placements and continually expanding the internship placements within city government. Moreover, Erika serves as a friend, confidant, advisor and positive adult role model to the students in the program, some of whom have overcome obstacles that many cannot fathom. Erika believes in these students, giving them the tools to move beyond what they thought possible and empowering them to be the people they want to be.