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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

Donor Spotlight: Variety – the Children’s Charity

This month we are pleased to highlight one of our steadfast supporters, Variety – the Children’s Charity. With the support of funding from Variety – the Children’s Charity, the Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC) Empowerment Program has been able to provide tools for local girls and young women to continue building their resilience at home […]

Supporter Spotlight: Rachael Jackson

This month we are spotlighting a supporter who has been involved with the YWRC in a variety of ways for the past four years: Rachael Jackson! Rachael is the Community Access Education Manager at the Des Moines Art Center and has helped connect our participants with truly unique experiences. One example was a create-your-own-superhero activity […]

Staff Spotlight: Jessica Kincaid

This month, we are excited to feature staff member Jessica Kincaid in our spotlight! Jessica has been with the YWRC full time for three years, but her time with us began earlier with internships in the summer of 2015 and winter of 2016.   “The opportunity to intern here was sent to me by a […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Alyssa Zipperer

“I have always enjoyed spending time with kids — and volunteering at the YWRC during their Young Mom’s program allows me to do that. It’s great getting to know the amazing kids, moms and fellow volunteers that are involved in the YWRC. My favorite thing to do as a volunteer is caring for the babies. […]

Board Spotlight: Maria Volante

This month, we are excited to spotlight our newest board member, and dedicated volunteer, Maria Volante. Maria first got involved with the YWRC when she accepted, and dominated, the role of 2018 YWRC Gala co-chair with her sister, Georgette Longnecker. The two were also co-chairs for the 2019 event and even shared photos of their […]

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