What we Do
Investing in Leadership
YWFC creates leadership pathways for system involved and formerly incarcerated women and girls of color to inform and lead our work and to lead the movement for social justice - advocating on behalf of themselves, their sisters, and leading the way towards freedom and liberation of all women and girls. We meet young women where they are at: on the streets, in jail, and in the community. We work with them over time providing support, advocacy, and opportunities for healing. We provide economic opportunities coupled with progressive leadership development through internships, employment and engagement in advocacy and organizing work.
Advocacy and Organizing
Our organizing and advocacy work is led by young women who have felt the most corrosive effects of poverty, mass incarceration, and racist and sexist policies and social services. These young women have been criminalized since birth by these systems and ideologies. We believe that cis and trans women and girls of color who have been pushed to the margins are the ones best equipped to develop and guide solutions for the freedom and liberation of all women and girls. We are building a movement of formerly incarcerated and system involved young women throughout the state to lead local campaigns, statewide policy initiatives, and to advocate for the rights and liberation of all women and girls.
Current Organizing and Advocacy Initiatives:
- Building a statewide movement of formerly incarcerated women and girls. On July 14, 2017 at Oakland's Greenlining Institute, we are launching Sister Warriors to build an aligned movement of formerly incarcerated and system involved young women of color in California to draft a bill of rights platform and to kick off a two year campaign that centers system transformation and policy reform in the lives and experiences of those most impacted. Register Here
- Transforming San Francisco's Juvenile Justice System. In San Francisco, we are working to get youth out of detention, including out of home and out of state placement, and to reduce juvenile probation terms for youth. Get involved here.
Participatory Action Research
We conduct our own research and document our own solutions. We are working to inform local, regional, and national policy and to change the narrative around system involved women and girls. In 2016, we launched a five year research project, led by young system involved girls of color, seeking to determine where system involved and formerly incarcerated young women who are pushed out of central metropolitan areas by gentrification and economic crisis are going to and how this migration is impacting their survival, their needs and opportunities. The end goal of this research is both to inform our work and educate those in related fields, social justice movements, and in philanthropy.