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YWRC Develops New Tools

We are excited to share with you two new tools we’ve developed in the past year to better serve our girls and young women: the Youth Experiences Survey (YES) and the YWRC Resiliency Survey. We are proud to be a leading agency in youth-specific trauma and resiliency research and look forward to sharing these tools […]

A New Year

A letter from Executive Director Kristin Griffith: I continue to be amazed by the sheer passion and commitment our community has for the  girls and young women of the YWRC. Our clients never fail to move and humble me with their desire to succeed and ability to  thrive in situations where many of us would falter. As […]

What is ‘Rape Culture’?

“Rape culture exists because we don’t believe it does,” Walter Moseley points out in his The Nation¹ article. I’d like to believe Moseley’s thought—that the reason rape culture exists is because we haven’t wrapped our mind around the problem and how it functions. With that in mind, I think it’s only fair to educate those […]

#everygirldeserves – a message from Kristin

Every girl deserves a life of possibilities. That is what we believe in at the Young Women’s Resource Center. While we would like to believe that sentiment is held in high regard by all, it has certainly been challenged recently. Many of our basic assumptions about what is right in our country have been confronted. So […]

Young Mothers High School Programs

National statistics show that only 38% of young women who become pregnant while still attending high school will graduate with a high school diploma. At the Young Women’s Resource Center young mothers are actively challenging this statistic with 83% of YWRC mothers obtaining a high school diploma. Perinatal Specialist, Ashley Ezzio, and Parenting/Life Skills Specialist, […]

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Faces of YWRC

Supporter Spotlight: Terry Hernandez

We are excited to honor Terry Hernandez in our Supporter Spotlight. Terry has been leading the Chrysalis Foundation as the Executive Director since 1997. Chrysalis is a foundation that partners with the Greater Des Moines community, including the Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC), to provide Iowa women and girls leadership skills, educational and economic opportunities, […]

Sponsor Spotlight: Sammons Financial Group

      The Young Women’s Resource Center is excited to highlight Sammons Financial Group in this month’s spotlight feature. Sammons has supported the girls and young women of the YWRC through sponsorship of our Sit On It! event for the past three years and we are proud to have them as Presenting Sponsor again […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Megan West

This month, we are pleased to put the spotlight on one of our most active supporters, Megan West. Though Megan had volunteered for several organizations, she was looking for a more consistent commitment when she sought opportunities with the YWRC. Since she joined the Sit On It! event committee three years ago, Megan has grown […]

#whyimarch

by Maeve Morrow (Maeve is an active member of the YWRC’s Sheroes group. Sheroes is a group for high school young women interested in philanthropy and community building.) When I first heard about plans for a march on Washington, driven by people who wanted to speak up about women’s rights, some of my hope for our […]

Staff Spotlight: Sarah Mowitz

Sarah Mowitz is often the first impression new visitors and clients have of the YWRC. Her warm smile and genuine welcome help all to feel at ease. We’re excited to feature her in this month’s Staff Spotlight, and to share a little more about her. Sarah has been with the YWRC as the Volunteer and […]

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