Young Women Empowered


Y-WE LEAD 2016-2017 

Kamella and FIT

Leaders are community builders. They understand where they come from, their strengths, their areas for growth, and the power, privilege, and oppression 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.

Join us and gain self-confidence, tools for healthy living, social-emotional literacy, avenues to economic opportunity, authentic community, cultural engagement, creative expression, and nourishing connections with peers and seasoned mentors. Each participant receives support and self-trust to develop her unique vision. Gather the tools to make meaningful decisions that shape organizations and impact communities and cultural systems. Empowerment happens when girls and women possess real power to transform their future and the world around them. Y-WE Lead offers intensive learning while steadfastly respecting girls as experts in their own lives.

  • Do you want to make a contribution in the world?
  • Do you want to learn how to take action on issues that matter to you?
  • Do you want to build your resume and skills so that you can achieve your future dreams—including college and career?
  • Do you want to develop true friendships with your peers and learn from amazing mentors?
  • Do you want to be part of a program where YOUR opinion matters and YOU get to tell the adults which topics YOU want the program to cover?

Then Y-WE Lead is the right program for you! Y-WE Lead events will be held 1-2 Saturdays per month from October 2015 – May 2016.

We believe that you have a major role to play in determining the future of our communities and the world.  Y-WE Lead gives you the tools and skills to make an impact.  You’ll 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 all kinds of aOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERArts like dance, theater, sewing, design, visual arts,
    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 interviewY-WE_Ignite_2015_043

  • 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

Photo by Michael B. Maine

Photo by Michael B. Maine

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.

Our 2016-2017 Learning Communities are:

Y-WE Represent: Writing and story-telling using digital platforms for personal empowerment, communication skill-building, public advocacy and culture change.

Y-WE Express: Creative arts for self-awareness, self-care and community engagement.

Y-WE Code: Girls in this program will develop college/career readiness and 21st century skills through hands-on learning with digital technology.


Y-WE Lead 2016-2017 Calendar

Date Event Time Location
10/29/16 Y-WE Lead Open House 11am-3:00pm Y-WE Office
10/29/16 Y-WE Lead Enrollment Deadline 5:00 PM online application
11/5/16 Y-WE Lead 11am-5:00pm El Centro De La Raza: 2524 16th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144
12/2/16-12/4/16 Y-WE Lead Overnight Retreat Fri 6pm-Sun 3pm Carnation Farms (formerly Camp Korey)
1/14/17 Y-WE Health Day 11am-5:00pm Y-WE Office
2/4/17 Y-WE Lead 11am-5:00pm Y-WE Office
2/10/17 Ignite 4pm-10pm Seattle Design Center


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Y-WE Office


4/8/17 Y-WE Lead 11am-5:00pm TBD
4/29/17 Career Day 10am-5:00pm Cascadia College/U of Washington Bothell
5/12/17-5/14/17 Y-WE Lead Overnight Retreat Fri 6pm-Sun 3pm TBD
6/3/17 Celebration & Graduation 2pm-5pm TBD


*Note schedule is subject to change

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