Incorporated in 1939, the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside is one of over 200 YWCAs operating across the United States, and part of the world organization of YWCAs that spans 112 countries. Belonging to the YWCA represents more than simply an opportunity to take part in our programs. It signals support for a movement that is committed to empowering women and girls and promoting racial justice, peace, freedom and dignity for all people.
The Mission of the YWCA is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our Vision is for the YWCA to be recognized as the premier women's growth and development organization, inspiring and sustaining a community in which women and girls learn to achieve their personal goals and contribute to the public good. Our Programs – including early childhood development; K-12 life skills and academic enrichment; transitional housing and education; young adult networking and career-building; parent support; and personal and professional renewal – instill confidence, capability and effectiveness in women and girls across the life cycle within a supportive, encouraging environment.
By design, YWCA Cycle of Life programs support and enrich the whole woman from conception through later years, by providing strategic programs and projects that are woven together, collaboratively and cooperatively, into a meaningful whole. The intent is for our members to be beneficiaries of a full and integrated scope of opportunities that address the overarching needs and dreams of each participating woman and girl at every life stage, from birth through retirement and beyond.
The YWCA Santa Monica / Westside is committed to an anti-discrimination policy. We are consciously and proactively inclusive of all areas of diversity including race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, socioeconomic status, marital status, language, disability, and immigration status.
The YWCA of the USA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. It is a membership movement nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and sustained by the richness of many beliefs and values. Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. The YWCA thrusts its collective power toward the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary.