Young Women Empowered

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Join incredible facilitators Kamilla Katiyeva and Barbara Jefferson for a unique opportunity to Design Your Life! This week long residential camp empowers young women to create anything they can imagine from art and jewelry to choreography and animation.

This year we’re partnering with foundry10 teaching artists who will guide you through three tracks:

  • Dance & choreography
  • Sound & music
  • Fashion design & creation

Participants will work with professional seamstresses, designers, and facilitators. They’ll explore issues such as sustainable fashion and consumer supply chains, community organizing, and art as activism.

Food and Lodging: Carnation Farms is a lovely retreat center and farm located in Carnation, Washington. They have a farm to table meal program so we will enjoy healthy, delicious, organic meals prepared with produce grown on site. Participants will stay in dorms with beds and bathrooms.

What to expect: Camp is a balance of indoor and outdoor workshops, with whole group plenary discussions, small group experiential activities, nature walks, and art making. The days are long and fun with lots of opportunities to make new friends, build new skills and explore your creativity.

Mentorship: All Y-WE programs have an adult mentorship component. The ratio is one mentor per two participants and they attend the activities in a group all together.  We find this to be a fun, low pressure way for adults and youth to mingle and get to know one another organically.

Cost: This is a paid opportunity! As a part of our partnership with foundry10, participants will receive a small stipend.


About the Camp: Y-WE & Hedgebrook team up again for an amazing leadership and creative writing summer camp on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA. This weeklong exploration of young women’s voices, stories, dreams and talents is sure to ignite your spirit. This camp is unlike any other. No writing or performing experience necessary

You will get to:

  • Hang out with awesome diverse girls and women
  • Meet dedicated mentors who will inspire you
  • Work with professional spoken word artists, poets, novelists, song-writers, and more
  • Develop your unique voice, writing skills and talents
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of Whidbey Island
  • Explore your creativity through art and dance
  • Relax, eat delicious food, and make new friends

About our 2017 Hedgebrook Teaching Artists

About Hedgebrook: 

Hedgebook is a 25-year old literary nonprofit with the mission to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. They offer writing residencies, master classes and salons, and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences around the world. Hedgebrook will be selecting 4 of their powerful alumnae to work closely with Y-WE youth and mentors over the course of the camp. The writers will each present on a different area of literary expression—including poetry, fiction, playwriting, lyrics, spoken word, autobiography, and more!

Learn more about Hedgebrook at

How do I sign up?

Follow this link to the  2017 Y-WE Write Application to register!

Questions? Contact Y-WE Program Manager Anna McCracken at or (253) 355- 1502.