YWCA Olympia is ON A MISSION to eliminate racism and sexism to advance the political, social and economic status of all women and girls. Our vision is a world where all people are valued, live free from oppression and thrive in a just society. We value collaboration, courageous leadership, intentional action, respect, radical inclusiveness and social equity.
YWCA Olympia is a multi-service organization that has served girls, women and families since 1945. YWCA Olympia has a rich tradition of leadership and strategic problem solving that spans our 70+ year history. Historically, YWCA Olympia has served as an incubator having started SafePlace, the Rape Relief Center and the Refugee Center, which all began as YWCA programs.
Nationally, the YWCA has a long history of promoting equity in the areas of politics, health care, employment and racial justice. In Olympia, YWCA is focused on eliminating racial and gender inequity and advancing the social and economic status of all women and girls. Our approach is multi-faceted, offering programs and services, engaging in advocacy to promote systemic change and educating the larger community on relevant issues. Through our programs and services, the YWCA serves over 13,000 individuals annually, 80% of whom are women. Additionally, several of our programs support young women, with 500 girls between the ages 10 to 17, served each year. All of our activities are aligned with our three platform areas: Economic Advancement & Empowerment, Health & Safety, and Racial Justice.
Girls Without Limits!: Fostering confidence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and encouraging girls to pursue careers in those fields
Women’s Economic Empowerment Program: Ensuring all women have the skills and resources to gain employment and experience economic advancement and financial stability
Workplace Equity Initiative: Engaging and equipping employers to create equitable workplaces
Kathleen’s Closet: Offering unemployed and underemployed an individualized professional clothing closet
Social Empowerment & Economic Advancement Network: Connecting women and families to social assets and leadership opportunities that support their employment and financial stability
Health & Safety
Girls Circle: Developing healthy and resilient girls that thrive and preventing violence against women
The Other Bank: Promoting health and dignity through personal hygiene
Girl’s Council: Providing gender responsive and trauma informed models of mental health and chemical dependency treatment for young women ages 12-17 who are in detention, diversion, or at risk
Youth Advisory Board/Participatory Action Research: Female leaders aged 14-21 who help guide and advise the YWCA, as well as taking on projects to further the empowerment and leadership of young women in Thurston County
Racial Justice & Civic Leadership
Intercultural Foundations: Assessing intercultural competence to provide the community with meaningful understanding and action steps for enhancing cultural competence creating a foundation of respect & equality for all.
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