Provide young women with intergenerational mentorship, intercultural collaboration, and creative programs that equip them with skills to achieve their dreams and make a difference in their communities
Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) provides mentorship and empowerment programs for teenage girls in the Pacific Northwest. Annually, we serve a diverse group of 130 girls, ages 14-18, and 70 women, ages 19-70+, to build ongoing mentorship relationships; gain tools to create successful futures; participate in service and philanthropy projects; confront social justice issues; and gain leadership skills. The organization is open to girls from all walks of life. Currently, 90% of the youth are from families that recently immigrated to the USA. 85% of the youth and 50% of the adults are women of color. In addition to cultural and ethnic diversity, our youth and mentors represent a myriad of family, sexual orientation, religious, political, and educational backgrounds. Both the girls and the mentors learn that they are powerful leaders whose voices are valued and vital.