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!


Shadow Day

21st Annual YWCA Shadow Day at UC Berkeley
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cal Students: Have a high school student shadow YOU for a day!

We are no longer accepting applications for Shadow Day.  We hope you can be a mentor next year!

Questions to


NEW! Career Development Workshops

New at the YWCA! Goal setting and ideas to kick start your career. Workshop Presenter: Claire Marchiano, NBCC Certified Career Counselor.  

For complete list of workshops click here.

Register Online For All Workshops.  All workshops held at the YWCA.  (510) 848-6370 or e-mail

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.


YWCA Office Closures

The YWCA will be closed on the following dates:

  • Winter Holiday Break: Closed December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015. Re-open January 5, 2015 at 9AM.
  • Monday, January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • Monday, February 16: Presidents’ Day holiday
  • Friday, March 27: Cesar Chavez Day holiday
  • Monday, May 25: Memorial Day holiday

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 Cards


21st Annual Festival of Women Authors 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
H’s Lordships, Berkeley Marina
2015 Authors:
Katie Hafner | Yang Huang | Yiyun Li | Ann Parker
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.

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



Career Development April Workshops

Wednesday, April 1

See Below For All April Workshop Dates

Workshop Presenter: Claire Marchiano, NBCC Certified Career Counselor.
Register Online For All Workshops.  All workshops held at the YWCA.  (510) 848-6370 or e-mail to

APRIL WORKSHOPS (Each 1 hr workshop $8 members/$10 non-members; Each 1.5 hr workshop $12 members/ $15 non-members)

  • GETTING THE JOB YOU WANT: Wed. 4/8, 10 AM to 11:30 AM: Assess your career options, remember your skills and strengths, consider your requirements and timeline, and utilize “planned happenstance” to get the job you want.
  • IS YOUR RESUME WORKING FOR YOU?: Wed. 4/8, 12noon to 1 PM: Learn key words that resume robots like, see why accomplishment statements matter, weigh the value of different styles, develop your profile statement and increase the value of this branding and marketing tool.
  • WORKING USING MY INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Wed. 4/15, 10 AM to 11:30 AM: Name your skills, consider what you know, see where your past can lead you, reach for alternative possibilities, identify skill gaps, and learn how and where to fill them.
  • WHO’S HIRING?: Wed. 4/15, 12noon to 1 PM: Find out which companies are hiring, learn which jobs and industries are hot, expand where you look, explore new resources to use and stretch your skills to match more positions.
  • 10 STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER CHANGE: Wed. 4/22, 10 AM to 11:30 AM: Know why you want to change, focus on your target, identify your KSA’s, count reasons to move forward and 6 more steps.
  • HOW CAN I EARN WHAT I’M WORTH?: Wed. 4/22,12noon to 1 PM: Learn which industries and jobs pay more, remember where money falls on your scale of values, realize that you can promote your worth, practice useful phrases for salary negotiation and leave with the feeling that you can control your future.
  • WORKING FOR A NONPROFIT: Wed. 4/29, 10 AM to 11:30 AM: Identify jobs in the nonprofit sector, consider agencies from A to Z, discover job titles that could work for you, and realize that nonprofits provide opportunities to do work that matters while earning a living.
  • WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?: Wed. 4/29, 12noon to 1 PM: Position yourself to be hired, prepare to communicate what problems you can solve, learn to show how you can increase an employer’s worth, leave with renewed confidence that you will be chosen.