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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

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 […]

Spotlight: A Year in Review

2019 has been a great year for new beginnings, whether it’s from starting programs or creating new positions. As we wrap up the year, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate these changes. Here are a few examples of how we’ve grown: High School Credit Recovery Program In partnership with the Des Moines Public […]

Supporter Spotlight: Tiffany Strim

We are excited to celebrate one of our most dedicated and long-term supporters, Tiffany Strim! Tiffany has been involved with the YWRC for more than 12 years. “I have been connected with YWRC, for over 12 years. Prior to working at Hoover with SUCCESS, I collaborated with them through previous positions in the community that […]

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