Poetry
Home Poems from Sister Circles - Sponsored by California Arts Council & San Francisco Art Commission

Through grants received by the California Arts Council and San Francisco Arts Commission, YWFC hosted creative writing and audio storytelling workshops that engaged incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, and queer and transgender women and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people in particular, in building voice and building power. Together we created media that challenges perceptions of system-involved women and TGNC and that supports organizing for change. We built siblinghood and community through this work as well.

Julia "Juju" Arroyo
Careers
Join YWFC Team! Seeking SF Program Manager of Leadership and Advocacy

The Program Manager for Leadership and Advocacy is responsible for guiding our Leadership and Advocacy Programs in reaching their programmatic goals by supporting formerly incarcerated and system involved women and girls with systems navigation. This position is responsible for ensuring that program plans and activities are in line with the organization's mission, vision, values and fulfill annual goals. The Program Manager is a part of the San Francisco team and works closely with other Program Managers, Self-Determination Coaches/Advocates, and the Program Director to represent the organization on a local and national level.

TaMeicka "Ifasina" Clear
Careers
Join the YWFC Team! Seeking SF Program Manager of Detention/Reentry

The Program Manager for Youth Detention & Reentry is responsible for guiding Detention Programs in reaching their programmatic goals by supporting incarcerated women and girls with systems navigation. This position is responsible for ensuring that program plans and activities are in line with the organization's mission, vision, values and fulfill annual goals. The Program Manager is a part of the San Francisco team and works closely with other Program Managers, Self-Determination Coaches, and the Program Director to represent the organization on a local and national level.

TaMeicka "Ifasina" Clear
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
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

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. 

Have you ever been incarcerated or IDENTIFY AS "SYSTEM-INVOLVED?"
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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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