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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

Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Reichardt

Volunteers are a key component of our ability to operate successfully. This month we are excited to feature a volunteer who joined us about a year ago to complete a special project: Katie Reichardt. Katie was curious about volunteer opportunities around the community and came across the YWRC. “If I’m honest, it came about in […]

Staff Spotlight: Jewelz Smith

If you’ve been involved with our Young Moms program recently, chances are you know this month’s Staff Spotlight, Jewelz Smith. Jewelz started at the YWRC four years ago in the Spring of 2017 as an intern and was hired in September of 2018 as the Young Moms Program Assistant. “After interning at the YWRC I […]

Supporter Spotlight: Sara Triplett

This month we are excited to celebrate a member of the YWRC community who is empowering youth to recognize the power of their voices, Sara Triplett! Sara started working at Goodrell Middle School as a Behavior Coach three years ago, and is currently a Behavior Strategist. She is also a co-facilitator for our Chrysalis Girls […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Frank Vaia

Volunteers play a critical role in the success of our organization. This month, we are excited to feature one of our most steadfast, dedicated and genuinely kind volunteers, Frank Vaia. When asked what his favorite volunteer role has been, Frank said, “Co-chairing Celebrity Servers Night with wonderful partners and the YWRC staff support. We clicked.” […]

A Note from Kari

Dear friends, I know I am not alone in the anxiousness of anticipating the end of this year and welcoming 2021. However, I have been challenged to find moments of stillness to process and reflect on the lessons 2020 provided. First, I want to deeply thank all of the front-line medical staff, essential workers and anti-racist […]

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