Children (4-12 years)
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) E3 program is a hands-on, real-world program emphasizing education, employment and entrepreneurship (E3) for young women of color in 5th to 8th grades using STEM technology. This program strives to provide education opportunities, career exploration, and mentorship for young students of color interested in STEM fields.
The program continues to thrive and grow despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Using the Curated Pathways coding program developed by YWCA Silicon Valley, 24 young girls in Boulder County completed more than 600 technology badges and 350+ hours of STEM and coding programs during the STEM E3 program in May and June 2020, and more than 20 young people participated in our virtual STEM E3 coding camp through the City of Longmont Youth Center in July 2020.
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Children ages 5 to 21
Reading to End Racism (RER) is a racial justice program that uses trained volunteers to read with children in the classroom at school-wide visits in Boulder County. Age-appropriate books, personal stories, and engaging activities stimulate an insightful conversation about discrimination. This dialogue with students and teachers empowers individuals to promote peaceful relationships and supports a nurturing environment in which every student can thrive. RER has reached more than 25,000 students since 2011.
Evaluation results demonstrate that teachers rate the program highly for reader engagement and effectiveness of material, and that they would recommend the program to other teachers. In addition to feedback evaluations, students and staff enthusiastically share their love of the beautiful books and volunteers who enter the classroom.
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Latina Students grades 9-12 are offered full support in areas the girls identify. Each high school works closely with a college student advocate to offer peer mentorship, coaching, emotional support, tutoring, community involvement and life skills workshops. In the past three years, 100% of our LAS seniors graduated high school and 98% were accepted into post-secondary education programs.
Latina students graduate from high school (and if desired, are accepted into their higher education of choice or have a clear career path). In the past three years, 100% of our LAS seniors graduated high school and 98% were accepted into post-secondary education programs.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
For more than 40 years, Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children's Alley) has provided flexible, affordable child care options for families. With the addition of two new classrooms during summer 2020, the program now offers 24 spots for permanent child care for ages 3 months to 4 years, in addition to YWCA's longstanding short-term child care services. Persimmon Early Learning emphasizes parent engagement and education through a two-generation approach; health equity through scheduled activities and active play time; and good nutrition modeling and activities including a diverse and healthy meal plan. All program teachers are certified in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and trained in social/emotional skills to help with behavior management.
Through parent surveys in 2017:
• 99% of parents feel that teachers respond to their individual child's needs.
• 98% of parents feel that the program helps them to be self-sufficient.
• 98% of parents feel that the program helps them attend work and other important commitments.
• 98% of parents feel that the program's environment supports their child's growth and development.
• 97% of parents feel that the program is an essential service, as it helps them with unexpected events and urgent childcare needs.
• 83% of parents feel that the program helps them improve parenting.
Family Services classes empower parents with information and tools necessary to promote healthy child development. Classes offered include Incredible Years, a free, 14-week evidence-based parenting skills course that promotes positive parent-child relationships, offers proven strategies to deal with children's challenging behaviors, and increases self-esteem and self-confidence for both parents and children.
Participant surveys indicated improved skills and parenting practices.