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Service and Leadership

Service learning projects are an integral component of the YWCA's programs for teens.  These projects empower youth to become engaged in their communities and offer meaningful change - for others as well as the teens themselves.  Teens choose and implement their own projects, developing stronger decision-making, communication, and organizational skills. 

Such projects also help youth develop a sense of their own identity, improve their self-esteem, and become more independent.



Teens created holiday centerpieces and served dinner at a meal program for the homeless.

Examples of past service learning projects:

  • Cooking and serving meals for homeless adults and teens
  • Planning and hosting holiday celebrations for local senior centers
  • Go Green! recycling project


    Taking Responsibility

    “The YWCA’s program was just what I needed.”

    Lissa always thought she’d go to college. She liked school and got good grades – until her junior year. She started hanging out with a new group of friends and cutting class. Then she found out she was pregnant.

    Feeling she didn’t have any other options, she dropped out of school and got a job after her daughter Trinitee was born. She soon realized that, without a diploma, she simply wasn’t earning enough.

    That’s when Lissa found out about the YWCA's program on campus.  With hard work and the help of her case manager, Lissa graduated in June.

    “I learned how every decision I make reflects on my daughter. For her sake, I know I need a good education and a good job.”

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