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Tips for Consent and Choosing a Healthcare Provider

Empowering clients to self-advocate is a key part of being a YWRC doula. Working on birth plans, providing information about their rights during birth, and talking through options with clients are ways we help them prepare for conversations with healthcare providers. As part of Black Maternal Health Week, our doulas wanted to share a few […]

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 […]

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Faces of YWRC

Board Spotlight: Amanda Young

This month’s spotlight feature has played an active role with the YWRC for the last eight (!) years! We are thrilled to show our appreciation for Amanda Young through this Board Spotlight. Amanda worked with our staff and the interim executive director in 2014 and 2015 on team building and role clarity training and exercises, […]

Supporter Spotlight: Shannissy Catron

This month we are excited to feature one of our most dedicated community members, Shannissy Catron. Shannissy has been a doula with the YWRC since 2017 and has played a significant role in the program. One of the things we appreciate most about Shannissy is her ability to see participants as unique individuals and highlight […]

Staff Spotlight: Susana Martinez

As we kick off a new year, we are excited to spotlight our team member Susana Martinez. Although she just joined our team a few months ago, Susana hit the ground running and has already initiated and completed several projects to help our organization run smoothly. “I started working in October 2021, so it’s not […]

Volunteer E-News Highlight: New team members Joyce and Julia

Hello, volunteers! I’d like to introduce you to two new YWRC team members. Please help us give a warm welcome to Joyce Levingston and Julia Mason Gray! Joyce is our Senior Program Director and Julia is our Senior Director of Development. You’ll be hearing from Joyce and Julia in the near future for special volunteer […]

Board Spotlight: Ka’Meka Lowery

This month we’re excited to celebrate an important member of the YWRC community, Ka’Meka Lowery. For more than twenty years, Ka’Meka has supported both children and young adults to have access to education and resources to be successful. She has partnered with the YWRC in various roles throughout the years, her most recent role being […]

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