YWCA Boulder County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Throughout its history, YWCA has been at the forefront of most major social movements in the United States as a pioneer in race and gender justice and the empowerment of women. Originally founded as a Christian organization, YWCA has evolved into the non-sectarian social justice organization it is today. YWCA Boulder County is a local association of YWCA USA, receiving strategic support from the National Office.
YWCA Boulder County was established in 1922 by a small group of women who saw a need to organize and take action on social issues concerning women, particularly around housing, employment and child care. YWCA Boulder County's purpose has always addressed the current needs and issues of women in our community. As issues important to women and girls have evolved over the years, YWCA has developed new programs specifically designed for the needs around those issues in Boulder County, including expanding access to affordable child care through Persimmon Early Learning; addressing racial justice and equity issues through youth programs such as Reading to End Racism, Latina Achievement Support, and STEM E3; and advocating for social justice in our community.
"I learned so much from Reading to End Racism. I was already a bit aware of what you taught us, but now I am fully aware of why not to judge people by their looks, cultures or religions." - 5th-grade RER participant
"I honestly can't think of where I would be now without the support that I've received. From both my mentors, the LAS program and my peers in the program. It would be really hard to imagine myself in a different place." - Latina Achievement Support program participant.
"This has always been a wonderful community of caring, educated, supportive and artistic teachers. We feel lucky to have this option for quality childcare." - Persimmon Early Learning parent