In 1885 the YWCA, which is one of the largest and oldest multicultural
organizations in the world, was founded in England.
The YWCA operates in 120 countries serving 25 million women and their
families each year. This involves 40,948 volunteers; 3,424 board members;
over 6,000 part time staff; and over 6,000 full time staff.
Each YWCA provides valuable and needed services in their community for
women and their children. YWCA Jamestown provides housing, day care,
alternative school for pregnant and parenting teens, summer day camp, after school programs, pregnancy prevention, and a supervised visitation and exchange program.
YWCA USA, which serves 2 to 3 million people annually, focuses its mission-driven work in three key areas where they believe they can have the most impact:
Racial Justice and Civil Rights
Empowerment and Economic Advancement of Women and Girls
Health and Safety of Women and Girls
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Did You Know
began the first boarding house for female students, teachers and factory workers in New York City in 1858
held the first training school for practical nursing in Brooklyn in 1983
hosted the first interracial conference in Louisville, KY in 1915
started the first women's pension fund in 1924
extended services to Japanese-American women and girls incarcerated in WWII Relocation Centers
was the first women's organization invited to join the U.S. Olympic Committee multi-sport division
organized the first National Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism, responding to Rodney King's beating/Los Angeles riots