Who We Are
About the Young Women's Freedom Center
The Young Women's Freedom Center (formerly the Center for Young Women's Development) is a leadership and advocacy organization led by cis and trans women and girls of color who have grown up in poverty, experienced incarceration, worked in the underground street economy, and who have been criminalized by social services such as foster care, welfare, public education, and the mental health system.
We work to build our personal and collective power, to heal from trauma, to advocate on behalf of ourselves and our sisters, and to change the systems, policies, services, and narratives that ensnare young women of color, poor young women, and queer and transgender young women in cycles of violence, economic marginalization, incarceration, and self destruction.
Our mission is to empower and inspire young women who have been involved with the juvenile systems and/ or the underground street economy to create positive change in their lives and communities.
" We are the ones we have been waiting for." - June Jordan