The Young Women’s Resource Center provides access to Mental Health Counselors for one-on-one sessions to participants. Sessions may also include their partner and/or family in sessions. Counseling sessions are a place to experience supportive and safe spaces to discuss any issues participants are dealing with in their lives or any topic they choose. These free, voluntary and confidential services give participants a safe place to talk about whatever they are going through, to be listened to and be accepted for who they are.
Marcia Bradley is our Art Therapist and specializes in creative counseling techniques. She provides voluntary and confidential counseling services for our girls and young women in schools and at the YWRC. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ayo Davis-Yeboah is our Counseling and Program Support Specialist. She provides individual and group counseling at the YWRC, schools and community organizations. Ayo also supports both the Empowerment and Young Moms Programs by facilitating groups as needed. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
- anger management
- school-related issues
- eating disorders
- substance abuse
- trauma issues
- healthy relationships/family relationships
- child-parent therapy
- postpartum therapy
- art therapy
- parental support
- support system involvement
Any persons age 10 – 21 who have been socialized and/or identify as female. Trans and nonbinary friends are welcome.
Time & day
All art therapy and counseling sessions are arranged by appointment, typically Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Virtual sessions are offered.
The Young Women’s Resource Center holds weekly after school groups for young women in the Des Moines area in 5th through 12th grades. These groups explore a variety of topics such as body image, self-esteem, reproductive health and healthy relationships. They include hands-on activities, field trips, guest speakers and community service projects. (Groups are currently held online and meet in a virtual space. Project-specific activity kits are provided for participants.)
Connections is an all year long, continuous educational program focused on issues such as anger management and impulse control. Connections is an ongoing therapeutic group.
The Individual Support Program is designed to empower pregnant and parenting young moms to achieve independence through customized support and education.