YWCA Olympia 2
YWCA Olympia is a non-profit, multi-service organization that has served girls, women and their families in the South Sound since 1945. The agency has worked tirelessly to change history—from civil rights to women’s rights, from advocacy for women’s health care to an end to violence against women and girls. While the YWCA USA and its affiliates across the country are all united under the broad mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, YWCA Olympia’s local mission is to eliminate racism and sexism to advance the social, political and economic status of all women and girls.
We accomplish this by providing direct service to individuals, educating the community on relevant issues, and conducting advocacy to promote systemic change. All YWCA Olympia activities are aligned with our three strategic platform areas: economic advancement, health and safety, and racial justice.
Within these three platforms, we currently operate eight programs, serving more than 14,000 people annually.
Girls Council gender-responsive navigation, case management, and community engagement for adolescent girls and young womxn* who have experienced trauma, those who are juvenile justice involved, and those who are at risk of system involvement
Girls Circle evidence-based peer support groups for adolescent girls and young womxn experiencing mental and/or behavioral health challenges
Girls Only Active Learning (GOAL) gender-responsive adaptation of Aggression Replacement Training
Women’s Economic Empowerment comprehensive work-based job training, career development, traumainformed healing, and case management program for womxn of all ages
Girls Without Limits! science, technology, engineering and math camps for adolescent girls and young womxn
Intercultural Foundations assessment, consultation, and customized training to increase knowledge and skills among employers and community institutions to bridge the gap between diversity and inclusion
The Other Bank hygiene items and household cleaning supplies for individuals and families
Kathleen’s Closet professional clothing for womxn
* YWCA is using the “label” womxn to encompass a broader range of identities than woman. YWCA Olympia programs welcome women, girls, Two-Spirit, gender non-binary, and queer folks who are compelled to participate in a femme centered space.