What We Are Working On
- In July, YWFC hosted Sister Warriors, a convening of more than 200 system involved and formerly incarcerated women and girls from across the state of California and the country to build together. It was a day of healing and envisioning, but most importantly, it was led by those most impacted by systemic oppression.
- Together, we developed the first ever, Unifying Bill of Rights for System Involved and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls in California. This 12 point platform serves as our organizational priorities as we engage in legislative and advocacy work.
- We launched the Young Women’s Freedom Coalition. A statewide coalition of formerly incarcerated and system involved young women and girls working towards a policy agenda in California that prioritizes young women.
- Launched a housing campaign to address unregulated gentrification, as we see too many of our constituency being pushed out because of lack of affordable housing.
- We have developed an exciting Youth Participatory Action research team lead by youth organizers. They are interviewing 100 San Francisco based cis and trans system involved women about their lifetime of experiences across multiple systems and to gather their thoughts and recommendations for transformation.
- YWFC was the first organization in the United States to receive the With and for Girls Award. This prestigious international award, provided by the Stars Foundation with partners that include the Novo Foundation and Nike, honors girl led and girl Centered organizations across the globe.
- Launched the Forward Fellows Program, the first of its kind leadership training program for young people impacted by sex trafficking to develop an advisory committee to support the work of the San Francisco’s Mayor’s Task Force Against Human Trafficking – this program will be replicated across the country.
- This year’s Sisters Rising employment internship program serves as our 25th cohort of system involved and formerly incarcerated young women to receive over 1200 hours of organizing, outreach, employment and professional development training.
- Young Women’s Freedom Center “Sisters” currently serve on over 30 local, statewide and national commissions, boards and councils representing and advocating on behalf of system involved, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls.