Welcome to the YWCA Berkeley / Oakland!

Our three goals guiding all our work are the elimination of racism, the economic empowerment of women and the development of leaders.

We invite you to become a member, attend classes or volunteer in our many programs in: mentoring, leadership development, financial literacy, working with youth and empowerment.  To support us, you can make tax-deductible donations through PayPal. If you would like to join our membership or newsletter, we hope you will enroll today.  Thank you!


Dance / Fitness Classes and Schedule Available!

The new series of dance/fitness classes are now available and open for registration. Sign up online today!

For dance and fitness classes, click here.


Fall 2014 Office Closures

The YWCA will be closed on the following dates:

  • Monday, September 1: Labor Day holiday
  • Tuesday, November 11: Veterans’ Day holiday
  • Thursday-Friday, November 27-28: Thanksgiving Day holiday
  • Winter Holiday Break: Closed December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015

Young Women & Money: Recruitment

YWCA Young Women and Money Conference 2014

Join us for our 7th ANNUAL YWCA BERKELEY/OAKLAND YOUNG WOMEN AND MONEY CONFERENCE being held on SATURDAY, DECEMBER  6, 2014!  This conference will help you gain financial independence and success.

“Before I had a lot of fear about my finances and just avoided it because it was so overwhelming and now I have the courage to start getting them under control.” – 2012 Participant

“This conference has changed my relationship and attitude towards money! I’m excited to start!” – 2012 Participant

“Keep the conferences coming because they really help and inspire!” – 2012 Participant

Conference Includes:

  • Fantastic Keynote Speakers
  • Two workshops of your choice
  • 3-course lunch
  • Raffle prizes
  • Financial Resources and giveaways
  • And more!
  • Chances to win many great prizes including $100 Target Gift Card


21st Annual Festival of Women Authors 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015
H’s Lordships, Berkeley Marina
Join us for four authors and their stories.
$85 per person includes continental breakfast, lunch, four speakers, book sales and autographing sessions.  For more information click here.

Shadow Day

21st Annual YWCA Shadow Day at UC Berkeley
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Have a high school student shadow YOU for a day!  Cal students apply now to be a mentor!




125th Anniversary Cocktail Gala

You’re invited to celebrate with us!
125th YWCA Anniversary Cocktail Gala
Traveling Through Time
125 years of eliminating racism and empowering women
Saturday, May 31, 2014
6:30 – 10 PM
YWCA Berkeley/Oakland 
  • Live and Silent Auction
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • No host Bar
  • Door prizes



YWCA Week Without Violence

Tuesday, October 14 - Sunday, October 19

What is Week Without Violence?  Imagine a second…a minute…an hour…a WEEK WITHOUT VIOLENCE in our world!  The YWCA Week Without Violence is an international campaign preventing violence and highlighting practical, sustainable alternatives to end it. Participate by visiting the YWCA all week — everyone is welcome to join us in our campaign to stop violence!

ALL WEEK ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! 2013 (last year schedule)

  • Tues Oct 8: 11AM – Self Defense Seminar by UCPD
  • Wed Oct 9: 11AM – Clothesline Project
  • Wed Oct 9: 12PM – Whistle Rally on Sproul – free whistles
  • Wed Oct 9: 3PM – Variety Hour for Peace with speakers and performances by ULAP band, Take Back the Night, Singaporean singer and more
  • Wed Oct 9: 6pm - ”Invisible War” Documentary, Sundance Winner
  • Thur Oct 10: 10:30AM – Healthy Kids Food Workshop

*Art Exhibits and Performances *Food Workshops *Interactive Pledge Boards *Peace Pops & Conscious Candy *Ribbons *Buttons *Refreshments

*All events are held at the YWCA at 2600 Bancroft Way in Berkeley*

Click here for more Information about Week Without Violence

WEEK WITHOUT VIOLENCE SCHEDULE 2013 (last year schedule):

TUES OCT 8: Breaking the Cycle of Male Violence

11 am – 12 noon
  • Self Defense Seminar by UC Police Dept.: Free raffle – pepper spray.  Free snacks
11 am – 2 pm
  • Make a pledge on the “Real Men Don’t Hit” Pledge Board
  • Hall of Fame: Influential Men of Peace Exhibit
  • “Bathroom Project” Exhibition: Anonymous survey responses from public bathroom walls related to questions about sexual and physical violence

WED OCT 9: Confronting Violence Against Women

11 am – 3 pm
  • Clothesline Project: Design a t-shirt expressing your feelings on domestic violence
  • Free Purple (Domestic Violence) and Pink (Breast Cancer) Awareness  ribbons, Peace Pops, Resource giveaways
12 noon – 1 pm
  • Whistle Rally on Sproul: Get free whistles and rally for ending the violence against women

3 – 4:30 pm

  • Variety Hour for Peace: Free snacks! Performances and speakers by Singaporean guitarist, ULAP band, Take Back the Night, and more.

6 – 8 pm

  • “Invisible War” Movie Screening:  Free snacks! Sundance Winner Documentary – an investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. Donations requested and will be given to the O’ahu YWCA veteran women’s program.

THURS OCT 10: Protecting Our Children / Making Our Schools Safer

10:30 am – 12 noon
  • Food Workshop: Healthy Kids and Our Future held at The Centre program – presentation on food facts & nutrition and healthy food stations
12 noon – 1:30 pm
  • Peaceful Art Exhibit by local elementary school students
  • Internet resources, Peace Pops and other giveaways

FRI OCT 11: Eliminating Racism and Hate Crimes

11 am – 2 pm
  • Interactive Poster Party: Network with eliminating racism leaders and interact with poster displays
  • Free Raffle every 20 minutes
**All Events held at the YWCA at 2600 Bancroft at Bowditch**

More Information about Week Without Violence