YWCA Alaska began in 1989 as the YWCA of Anchorage. In 2011, the YWCA of Anchorage expanded its geographical reach to include the remaining 584,450 square miles of the state to become YWCA Alaska. YWCA Alaska is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women, promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We do this through five major programming areas that work collaboratively to strengthen a person’s ability to thrive in today’s world. These programming areas are: Women’s Economic Empowerment offering an economic lifeline for women in all stages of life, Youth Empowerment programs that create courageous, powerful, critical-thinking youth, Social Justice programs that act as a catalyst for racial and gender equity, peace and justice, Women’s Leadership programming that honor the achievements of Alaskan women and create mentoring linkages between women of all ages and Women’s Wellness that works to eradicate health disparities by increasing healthcare access.
YWCA Alaska is a member of YWCA USA. Founded in 1858 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the YWCA is a women’s membership movement whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws members together to create opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. The YWCA represents approximately 2 million women, girls and their families in the United States and 25 million women worldwide. The YWCA has more than 200 associations throughout the United States. The World YWCA is at work in more than 100 other countries.
YWCA Alaska Bylaws
Anchorage PRESS Insert
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Anchorage, Alaska 99501