Careers
YWFC Seeks a Finance Director

The Finance Director is a member of the senior executive team with responsibility for the organization's financial health.They combine operational and strategic roles, manage accounting and financial control functions, and establish a financial strategy for the profitable long-term growth of the business.

Sam Brooks
News
A Majority of Board of Supervisors Support Legislation to Close SF’s Juvenile Hall by December 2021

A majority of the Board of Supervisors signed onto legislation introduced at the April 9, 2019 SF Board of Supervisors meeting to require the closure of San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall by December 2021. Supervisors Shamann Walton, Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney authored the legislation, and Supervisors Gordon Mar, Aaron Peskin and Sandra Lee Fewer have signed on as co-sponsors.

Jessica Nowlan
Careers
Freedom Research Institute Fellowship - Summer 2019

YWFC has recently launched the Freedom Research Institute as a collaborative space to decolonize traditional social science research on system-involvement. Our team is dedicated to participatory and community-driven work that centers the voice of formerly incarcerated and system-involved women, girls, and TGNC people. We are seeking four enthusiastic fellows to join us this summer and help us dig into our data and collaborate with analysis. This is an great opportunity for newer researchers to gain experience with data management and analysis. The research fellowship is ideal for early graduate students or senior undergraduates with research experience. Candidates should have some experience with participating in a research project, either with coursework or through employment. Over the 10 weeks, fellows will work directly with quantitative and qualitative data, engage with interdisciplinary research methods, and present findings to the team at the end of the summer. We will hire 2 fellows to work with quantitative data and 2 fellows to work with qualitative data.

Alezandra Zaragoza Melendrez
News
Young Women’s Freedom Center Applauds Plans to Shut Down San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall by 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – The Young Women’s Freedom Center applauds and supports San Francisco Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Shamann Walton’s plans to introduce legislation to mandate the closure of San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall by December 2021, with Supervisor Matt Haney as a co-sponsor. For over 20 years, the YWFC has been working with young women, girls, and transgender or gender non-conforming youth in San Francisco who have been incarcerated in Juvenile Hall and leading community organizing efforts to demand alternatives to incarceration for youth. Most of the organization's staff were once themselves incarcerated in San Francisco’s youth jail and know firsthand how this system is failing our young people.

Krea Gomez
Action Alert
Ally Action: Support SB 555

Let's help our folks inside connect with their loved ones and meet their basic needs. SB 555 will reduce the heavy financial burden placed on the families and support systems of incarcerated individuals.

Krea Gomez
Event
Black Girl Be Well Healing & Wellness Summit

This Sunday, February 24th, YWFC is hosting Black Girl Be Well Healing & Wellness Retreat.

TaMeicka "Ifasina" Clear
News
Jessica Nowlan Selected as a 2019-2021 Leading Edge Fund Fellow

We are excited to announce that, Jessica Nowlan, Young Women's Freedom Center’s Executive Director, has been selected as a 2019-2021 Leading Edge Fund fellow. Jessica will join eight other bold leaders who are building movements to fundamentally change the odds for, and with, the most disenfranchised Californians.

Krea Gomez
News
Join us at the Women's March San Francisco 2019

Join us this Saturday, January 19, 2019, 11:30 am at Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco and support YWFC Executive Director Jessica Nowlan as she takes the stage for the decriminalization and decarceration of women, girls, and TGNC folks of color.

Julia "Juju" Arroyo
News
#2BFREE Top 10 of 2018

In 2019, we are unveiling a strategic, multi-pronged plan for system transformation focused on the decriminalization and decarceration of young women, girls, and TGNC folks of color. We are grateful for your continued support and hope that you will continue to stand with us as we work to co-create a world where we are all safe #2BFree.In order to move forward, we must honor where we have come. Please share with us in celebrating our accomplishments from the past year.

Jessica Nowlan
Action Alert
Help us pass the “Getting Home Safe Act”

On Monday, State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) reintroduced SB 42, the “Getting Home Safe Act,” to curtail dangerous, dead-of-night releases from county jails. Skinner proposed the bill in response to the tragic death of Jessica St. Louis (who was one of her constituents). She was released from Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail at 1:25 in the morning on July 28th, 2018.

Jessica Nowlan

Join the Coalition!

The Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition is a membership base of incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system-involved women, girls, and gender non-forming folks. Together, we work to transform the laws and systems that have caused us harm.  

Formed in 2017 and unified by the Bill of Rights, the Coalition provides members opportunities to come together with networking, education, emotional support, and paid opportunities to take leadership in the movement. 

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You believe in the Audre Lorde quote “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” 

Ally Membership is open to anyone who believes deeply in the work of the Young Women’s Freedom Center, supports the Bill of Rights, and is committed to our mission to de-criminalize and de-carcerate women and girls of color.

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