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.


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

YWCA Office Closures

The YWCA will be closed on the following dates:

  • Monday, September 7: Labor Day holiday
  • Wednesday, November 11: Veterans’ Day holiday
  • Thursday-Friday, November 26-27: Thanksgiving Day holiday
  • Winter holiday break

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!

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Money Workshops

Monday, September 21 - Monday, October 12

Make Money Goals! Free Financial Literacy Workshops!
Each workshop covers a different financial literacy topic. Attend 1 or all! All workshops are FREE and held at the YWCA. Pre-register to and reserve your spot. Bring a friend and attend. Limited Space.
  • Monday Sept. 21, 2015 6-7 PM: Dreaming Up Your Own Business  The Bay Area is a hub for entrepreneurship, but it can be daunting to get started. If you’ve dreamed of starting a business, you need advice to realize these dreams. Find out how to get started with this workshop presented by Bret Sweet, Program Director of the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.
  • Monday Oct. 12, 2015 6-7 PM: Budgeting 101  Budgeting is vital to your financial future, but how many of us are experts at it? In order to make your money work for you, you have to know where your money goes each month. Come to this free workshop to learn how to budget in a time-effective manner. Presented by Ana Margarida Alves

Resumes. Paychecks. Loans. Budgets. These words shouldn’t scare you! Come learn how to improve your resume, follow effective budgets, and increase your funds. Our money workshops are designed to empower you with tools, knowledge, and support as you navigate through your career and financial worlds. Make a smart, money-saving decision and attend these FREE interactive classes.  It’s time to invest in the best stock: yourself!