Young Women Empowered


Y-WE LEAD 2017-2018

Leaders are community builders. They understand where they come from, their strengths, their areas for growth, and the power, privilege, and the systems of oppression and dominance that they experience. They are global citizens who know how to connect and communicate effectively with people from different generations, cultures, religions, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual-orientations, and gender identities.

We believe that young women have a major role to play in determining the future of our communities and the world. Y-WE Lead provides the tools and skills to make an impact.

Join Y-WE Lead and be part of a creative, supportive, multicultural community of young women ages 13-18 and women mentors 19-80+. You will:

  • Learn leadership skills and put them to practice
  • Explore issues like peer pressure, relationships, body image and health
  • Learn techniques to enhance emotional well-being
  • Express yourself using arts like dance, theater, design, creative writing and more
  • Get to know people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds
  • Make life-long friends from all over the region
  • Meet inspiring mentors from diverse career fields, life experiences and cultural backgrounds. These adults will support you in finding ways to create the future you want for yourself and the world.

The program begins with a weekend retreat at a beautiful camp near Seattle. We then meet one Saturday per month in Seattle. Our meetings are fun, motivating and creative.

Special opportunities include:

  • High impact service events set up by our high school interns

  • Support in college prep activities like writing your personal essay and doing an interview

  • Socials and Field Trips

  • Group visits to local colleges

  • Creative workshops on subjects like theater, writing, yoga, visual arts, dance, outdoor education and more

  • Support in designing and implementing your own projects

Sample Day at Y-WE Lead (schedule may be adjusted):

11am-12pm: Arrivals, registration, and lunch

12:15-1:30:  Full-Group Plenary* on theme of the day led by Lead Facilitators and guests

1:45-2:45:   Free Choice Workshops

2:50-4:05:  Learning Community** Workshops with Facilitators

4:05-4:15:   Snack Break

4:15-5:00:   Debrief in small reflection groups

5:00-5:30:  Closing* & Clean Up

*Plenary & Closing Descriptions
Each day of the Y-WE Lead program is opened and closed by our Lead Facilitators with community building. The goals of the plenaries & closings are to: cultivate relationships between participants, set the tone for the day’s activities, introduce new leadership skills, create a safe space in which participants feel welcome and free to express themselves, and encourage participants to share their unique skills, visions, voices, talents, and ideas with the group.

**Learning Community Descriptions
To further cultivate participant’s leadership skills, we use small groups of approximately 10 girls and 5 women called “Learning Communities.” Each young woman and mentor selects a learning community to participate in from October-May.


Y-WE Lead 2017-2018 Calendar










*Note schedule is subject to change and additional field trips and Learning Community meetings will be scheduled later.

Questions? Contact Y-WE Program Coordinator at (425) 242-0187