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About Young Women’s Resource Center

Our Mission:
To empower participants to be strong, self-confident, and resilient.

Our Vision:
For youth of our community to grow to their full potential  and realize the life of possibilities they deserve.

Core Values:  

  • Equity:  We address the ways overlapping identities impact experiences through the practice of feminism.
  • Resiliency:  We support the development of individual resiliency and follow practices that provide a healing environment.
  • Accessibility: We utilize a holistic approach to identify and remove barriers to services. 
  • Community: We provide a sense of safety and belonging by building connections and celebrating individuality.
  • Advocacy: We unite with our participants and community to promote positive change.

Who We Serve:
The YWRC serves individuals ages 10 – 24 who have been socialized and/or identify as female. This includes cisgender girls, cisgender women, transgender persons and non-binary individuals.

We often refer to participants as “girls and young women*”. We define “girls and young women” as noted in our ‘Who We Serve’ statement above.

Empowering a life of possibilities.

More about us:
At the Young Women’s Resource Center, we believe that every girl deserves a life of possibilities.

We help participants realize their full potential by providing programming to girls and young women ages 10 – 24 throughout Greater Des Moines. Our unique structure features two branches of services – Empowerment and Young Moms – to better serve the members of our community throughout various stages of life.

We offer support groups and services for all girls and young women, regardless of what they may be going through in their lives. We open our doors to any girl or young woman who wants to be herself and feel like she belongs.

The Young Women’s Resource Center is a place for girls and young women* to come to be together, to come to be alone, to come to be themselves. It is a safe place that reinforces the beauty, resiliency and strength that these girls and young women already possess. It is a place where they can thrive. We are happy to make the Young Women’s Resource Center a place girls and young women can find the things they need, whatever those things may be.

Our goal is to help girls and young women become strong, self-confident and successful. The Young Women’s Resource Center utilizes education and support to create a safe environment for girls and young women where they experience acceptance, compassion, knowledge and commitment.

YWRC_AnnualReport_FY22-23  (July 2022 – June 2023)

YWRC Annual Report – FY21-22   (July 2021 – June 2022)

YWRC Annual Report – FY20-21  (July 2020 – June 2021)

YWRC Annual Report – FY19-20 (July 2019 – June 2020)

YWRC Annual Report – FY18-19 (July 2018 – June 2019)

YWRC Annual Report – FY17-18 (July 2017 – June 2018)

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FY 2016 – 2017 YWRC Annual Report (July 2016 – June 2017)

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FY 2015 – 2016 YWRC Annual Report (July 2015 – June 2016)


Non-Discrimination Statement

*We define ‘girls and young women’ as any persons who have been socialized and/or identify as female.