Welcome to the YWCA Berkeley / Oakland!

The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, developing leaders and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation through PayPal. Please join our membership and sign up for our newsletter.  Thank you!


YWCA Kickoff to Summer Gala and Auction

You’re invited to celebrate with us!
YWCA Kickoff to Summer Gala and Auction
Saturday, June 4, 2016
6:30 – 10 PM
YWCA Berkeley/Oakland 
  • Live and Silent Auction
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • No host Bar
  • Door prizes

$50 per person.

Career Development Workshops

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 or sign up at the front desk. All workshops held at the YWCA.  (510) 848-6370 or e-mail


Shadow Day

23rd Annual YWCA Shadow Day at UC Berkeley
Thursday, April 7, 2016

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

Questions about Shadow Day? Email




YWCA “Tour the World” Showcase


7 PM at the YWCA Auditorium

Enjoy a FREE performance of dances from around the world, featuring Belly dance, Jazz, Improv Theater, Flamenco and more!

Thank you for joining us!



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: Last Day Open Friday Dec. 18, 2015; Re-Open Monday Jan. 4, 2016
  • Monday, January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday
  • Monday, February 15: Presidents’ Day holiday
  • Friday, March 25: Cesar Chavez Day holiday
  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day holiday

22nd Annual Festival of Women Authors 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
H’s Lordships, Berkeley Marina
2016 Authors:
Julia Flynn Siler | Adrienne McDonnell | Renee Swindle | Gail Tsukiyamaj
Join us for four authors and their stories. FWA Brochure 2016 printable version.
Includes continental breakfast, lunch, four speakers, book sales and autographing sessions.  For more information click here.

YWCA Young Women and Money Conference 2015

Join us for our 8th Annual YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Young Women & Money Conference being held on Saturday, December  5, 2015!  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

“I attended the Young Women and Money Conference and it was incredibly inspiring. So much so that I now have a Roth IRA and have saved nearly $2,000!” – 2014 Participant

Conference Includes:

  • Fantastic Keynote Speakers
  • Two workshops of your choice
  • 3-course lunch
  • Tote Bag & Financial Resource giveaways
  • Raffle Prizes
  • And more!
  • Chances to win many great prizes including $100 Target Gift Cards



Career Development June Workshops

Wednesday, June 1 - Thursday, June 30

Career Development June Workshops

See Below For All June Worskhop 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

JUNE WORKSHOPS (Each workshop $10 members/$15 non-members unless noted.)

This workshop series can be taken individually or as a series. $10 members/$15 non-members per workshop. Member special: All workshops for $50.
  • HOW CAN I EARN WHAT I’M WORTH? | June 1st from 10:00-11:30am | Realize that you can promote your worth, practice useful phrases for salary negotiation and leave with resources and a plan.
  • WORK IN YOUR 3RD QUARTER OF LIFE | June 1st from 12:00-1:30pm | Are you in your 40’s, 50’s. 60’s or 70’s? Let’s look at what matters to you, then dream and plan the future you want.
  • GETTING UNSTUCK IN YOUR CAREER OR JOB SEARCH | June 2nd from 10:00-11:30am | Focus on what you want and what is stopping you from getting it. Decide what you are going to do to move forward.
  • WORKING FOR A NONPROFIT | June 2nd from 12:00-1:30pm | Identify jobs in the nonprofit sector, consider agencies from A to Z, and discover that working for a nonprofit could be for you.
  • USE SKILLSCAN TO DEVELOP YOUR SKILL PROFILE | June 9th from 10:00-11:30am | Use this card sort to rank your skills,  Discover skill categories that fit you, Leave with your personal skill map.
  • WORKING USING YOUR INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE | June 9th from 12:00-1:30pm | Target employers that need your background and skills.
  • IDENTIFY YOUR CAREER STRENGETHS WITH KEIRSEY | June 23rd from 10:00-11:30am |Take this temperament sorter & understand your profile. Expand your ideas about career fit.
  • GET THE JOB YOU WANT | June 23rd from 12:00-1:30pm |Assess your options and select. Utilize planned happenstance and move forward.
  • MARKETING STRATEGIES TO LAND THE JOB YOU WANT | June 29th from 10:00-11:30am | Develop your pitch, prepare to communicate what problems you can solve, consider additional ways to use social media and networking.
  • CREATING AN AGELESS RESUME | June 29th from 12:00-1:30pm | Aim for the job you want. Stress your strengths and minimize age traps.
  • IDENTIFY YOUR TRANSFERABLE SKILLS | June 30th from 10:00-11:30am | Employ various techniques to identify your transferable skills. Brainstorm where those skills can lead you.
  • WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU? | June 30th from 12:00-1:30pm | Show your potential employer the value you bring.