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Claire Mraz – Prevention Program Specialist

My name is Claire Mraz, and I am a Prevention Program Specialist at the Young Women’s Resource Center.  I grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa with my mom, dad, and younger brother.  With the exception of a horrible year in Kindergarten, I have always loved going to school, learning, and being surrounded by teachers […]

A Message to Parents: Communication…The Key to Positive Involvement in Your Child’s Education

Mary Gordon is the YWRC’s Community Education Specialist. She previously worked in the Des Moines Public School system for 37 years as a teacher, reading and math program coordinator and elementary principal.  She was a partner in Gordon and Royal Educational Consulting and has also written two children’s books, Bedtime Surprise and Little Bethlehem Star.  […]

Elia Cardenas – Perinatal Services Specialist

I started working at the Young Women’s Resource Center in September of 2014. I believed that my job was to share my wisdom. There was a part of me that believed that I had the answer to their problems. Being a woman in my late 40’s and having been a mother for 15 years, I […]

Body Image

Have you ever flipped through a magazine and looked at all of the different ads, then suddenly, out of nowhere, you begin to regret the burger and fries you had for lunch that day? The truth is, we’ve all been there one time or another. At the Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC), we teach young […]

Better Beginnings Doula Program

Imagine being young, pregnant and having nowhere to turn for support.  Imagine being told by your parents that they are ashamed of you and that you will never amount to anything.  Imagine feeling alone, like you’re the only teenager who has experienced an unplanned pregnancy.  Imagine that the father of your baby has left you, […]

Young Women’s Resource Center Hires New Leader

July 15, 2015 – The Young Women’s Resource Center Board has hired Kristin Griffith as the new Executive Director.  Ms. Griffith was previously the Executive Director at Harmony Hall Centre for Seniors in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  She will begin her duties as Executive Director September 14, 2015. “The Young Women’s Resource Center and the Board […]

Tara Ray – Prevention Program Specialist

I restarted this blog six different times. Everything seemed cliché and not even something I would want to read again. So, I sat down with a good friend and had a fiery conversation about why I am here, why I am so passionate about young women, and why I need a place that gives me […]

Maggie – Former YWRC Sheroe

I am Maggie Irvine. Lots of things make up the person I am today, but something I am thankful for is my ability to help others. As a freshman in high school, I joined a club full of phenomenal girls called Sheroes. With time, we were lucky enough to work with the YWRC. We learned […]

Kathy Parenza – Volunteer Coordinator

I am Kathy Parenza the Volunteer Coordinator at the Young Women’s Resource Center.  I grew up on a farm in North Central Iowa with loving parents, four siblings and many relatives in the area.  As a young girl I enjoyed caring for my younger siblings, many dolls and pets.  I also was kind of a […]

Duha – YWRC client

Who I am My name is Duha Kowa. I am 13 years old, and I joined the YWRC when I was 10 and in the 5th grade. My elementary school counselor, Mrs. Howe, came into my classroom and talked to all the girls in my class about the groups at the YWRC and what they […]