Young Women Empowered (Y-WE)
Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) provides mentorship and empowerment programs for teen women in the greater Seattle area. They serve a diverse group of girls, ages 13-18, and women mentors, ages 19-70+. The organization is open to young women from all walks of life. Currently, over 70% of the youth are immigrants to the US and 80% of the youth and 50% of the adults are women of color. The youth and mentors also represent a myriad of family, sexual orientation, religious, political, and educational backgrounds. They offer programs free of charge, and thry invite families to contribute as they are able. Each year they directly serve over 500 girls and women; and they impact over 1500 community members.
Y-WE is an organization born out of the enthusiasm and demand of the young women they serve. Y-WE offered a pilot of the 7-month leadership program in 2010 and it was so successful that they girls, mentors, teachers and youth workers who participated in that pilot banded together to form an organization that would offer year-round programs for girls and women. In October 2015 they received the official non-profit designation from the IRS.Y-WE is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.
As many NW youth organizations struggle to balance their budgets, girls programs often suffer cuts. These groups are increasingly sending their participants to the programs.Y-WE has collaborated with New Futures, Neighborhood House, Ballinger Homes, Seattle & Shoreline High Schools, YMCA, Solid Ground, UW, WG206 and many other reputable organizations to serve their women and girls. The demand for programs comes primarily from the participants. They are a feedback-based program and they shape the curriculum around the needs and interest of the women and girls they serve. See more