The YWCA’s mission statement is the following: “YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” This grandmother of an organization – in 1855, the first YWCA was founded in London while the first chapter was formed in 1858 in the US – represents 2 million women, girls and their families in the United States and 25 million women worldwide. It’s full names is the Young Women’s Christian Association.
The YWCA describes its efforts as follows: “Local YWCAs provide services to meet the needs of women in their communities. Depending on local programs, these may include: child care, rape crisis intervention, domestic violence assistance, shelters for domestic violence victims and their families, job training, career counseling, entrepreneurial training for teens and fitness training. More importantly, the YWCA creates a community among women, develops women leadership in a supportive environment, fosters diversity and brings about change through advocacy.”
YWCAs currently serve people in more than 100 countries.
One of the YWCAs many activities includes the Young Women’s Leadership Program and conference. The general idea is to empower young women by putting them in contact with current women of influence who help them become tomorrow’s leaders.