Experts Archives

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, […]

What Would Louise Do?

When I imagine Louise Rosenfield Noun, the leader of a group of visionary women who founded the Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC), I envision a small woman with pure white hair and a stare that could immediately put you in your place. This vision is driven by what I have read about Louise in her […]

Compliments

  “I love your outfit!” “Your eyes are so pretty.” “Your hair looks awesome today.” “Where did you get those shoes?!” “She’s such a pretty baby.” You meet a new person and the first thing you notice is how they look—you don’t know much else about them yet.  It’s easy to break the silence with […]

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.  […]

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 […]