Advocacy, Racial Justice, and Civil Rights

YWCA Warren takes a Stand Against Racism in 2014.

Working for racial justice and civil rights is at the heart of what the YWCA Warren does. Our programs use anti-oppression curricula that aim to teach children and youth to appreciate the spectrum of human diversity, teaching not just tolerance but acceptance.

Nationally, the YWCA was among the first institutions in the country to actively and intentionally defy societal racial norms, beginning in the mid-1800s. The first African-American YWCA branch opened in 1889, the first Native American branch in 1890, and the first interracial conference was held in the South in 1915. In 1946, 8 years ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court decision against segregation, the YWCA adopted an interracial charter eliminating segregation in its associations.