The YWCA was established in 1858 as a voice for women's issues, but that was only the beginning of more than 150 years of active advocacy and programming for women's economic empowerment. At the YWCA, that begins with young women in the YW-Teens Program.
The YW-Teens program focuses on empowering young women, by providing them with the tools to make healthier life choices. The girls in the program receive guidance on issues such as avoiding drug use, identifying healthy relationships and other things that affect adolescent girls. We serve middle school-aged girls in the Pajaro Valley in a safe and comfortable learning environment. Our facilitators visit the school site during after-school hours, bringing a carefully tailored lesson plan and a light snack for the girls to enjoy during session.