The Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) consists of up to 20 young women, ages 14-24. Through a leadership development and social justice program delivered in partnership with 18 Degrees, formerly known as Berkshire Children and Families, these young leaders investigate barriers, explore solutions, and make recommendations for change in their community. The YWAC will form task forces to implement projects in partnership with community organizations in Western MA. Participants will be encouraged to share their knowledge with school and peer communities by launching clubs or hosting workshops.
2019-2020 Session dates are:
October 8 & 22 | November 5 & 12 | December 3 & 10 | January 7 & 28 | February 4 & 11 | March 10 & 24 | April 7 & 14 | May 5 & 19
All sessions will be held from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in Springfield.
Selected Topics: Leadership Skill Building, Aspirations and Identities, Community Building, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Exploring Themes of Gender and Racial Equity, Social Justice and Advocacy
Check out the 2018-19 Cohort’s recommendations in their Blueprint for Action.