Mission: Y-WE cultivates the power of diverse young women* to be creative leaders and courageous changemakers through transformative programs within a collaborative community of belonging.
* those who identify as women or girls or were assigned female at birth.
Vision: We envision a society rooted in social justice, where all young women live their truth, achieve their dreams, and change our world.
Organizational goals across programs are to: Empower young women to become leaders who effect positive change in their communities; Support young women’s well-being, resiliency, social and emotional skills, and education; Develop an intergenerational community of girls and women in which everyone learns from difference and cultivates cultural transformation.
We fulfill our mission at the intersection of race, class and gender. Our programs explicitly link racial injustice to environmental and economic injustice, as well as patriarchy and homophobia. We interrogate pervasive assumptions of structural racism and sexism while exploring the power of creative dialogue and action to deepen our lives as global citizens, connected to each other.
Our programs offer deep learning and social-emotional resources so that young women can access the capacities and supports they need in order to thrive. Y-WE’s work impacts the wider community as women spark new perceptions and shift narratives around race, gender and justice.
In our programs, girls of color find their voices and gain skills and self-confidence as they explore leadership activities, self-care and wellness, community engagement, creative arts, academic and career skills, connection with the natural world and more. We offer programming free of charge, providing representative mentorship, safety, cultural respect, gear, technology and healthy meals.
Q: Please provide information regarding the demographics of the people you serve, including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, education, income level, etc.
A: Our year-round mentorship-based empowerment programs serve diverse young women, ages 13-26, and the wider community in the greater Seattle area. Of current youth, 65% are first or second generation immigrants, 80% are of color and 90% are from low-income backgrounds. Y-WE is majority women-of-color-led, and we excel at creating meaningful engagement through culturally relevant programs that foster vibrant changemakers. Our programs directly serve 800+ girls, gender expansive youth, and women and benefit 2,000+ community members yearly.
Y-WE’s commitment to diversity is affirmed in our board-approved Strategic Plan with an emphasis on Intentional Inclusion: in policies and programs, we center girls and women who often lack access - participants who are of color; from immigrant communities; from religious/spiritual minority communities; from low-income backgrounds; and who identify as LGBTQIA. Our community bridges differences in sexual orientation, disability status, generation, parental status and many other aspects of identity. There is no “majority” population at Y-WE, as we intentionally bring together multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, and multigenerational communities of youth and adults to learn from our differences and build allyship skills.
Q: Organization Size (number of paid staff and volunteers):
A: Y-WE has 14 paid staff and over 100 volunteers annually.
Q:Please provide a summary of your budget for the current fiscal year.
A: Total budget: $1,245,102 budgeted for 2021-2022
Total income: $1,114,494 raised to date
Total expenses: $753,843 expended to date
Q: What is the breakdown of your income sources (percentage received from individuals, corporations, foundations, government, earned income, etc.)?
A: 30% Corporate Support & Corporate match
38% Foundation Grants
5% Government Grants
3% Partnership Funds
24% Individual Contributions
Q: How will you use our $10,000 donation? Please be specific, for example:
A: “Our donation will provide housing + services for one woman for 11 months, OR housing + services for 11 women for one month.”
Our donation will provide desperately needed COVID-19 safe youth mental and emotional support services and program activities this Spring and Summer for 25 youth. This funding will enable us to provide one on one wellness support, technology access, responsive mentorship, program supplies, and healthy snacks for 25 out of the 200 youth who will be participating in our virtual and hybrid in person programs over the next six months.