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 July Workshops

Friday, July 1 - Sunday, July 31

Career Development July Workshops

See Below For All July 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

JULY 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.
  • FIND YOUR BEST EMPLOYER | July 6th from 10:00-11:30am | Find out which companies are hiring, learn which jobs and industries are hot, expand where you look and explore new resources to use
  • EXPLORE YOUR WORK CHOICES AT MIDLIFE | July 6th from 12:00-1:30pm | What do you want at this point in your life? What don’t you want? How do you find the work you feel called to do?
  • SELECT AND SET YOUR CAREER GOALS | July 7th from 10:00-11:30am | Move from Few to Multiple Possibilities. Make a Plan to Move from Here to Where You Choose to Go.
  • WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT | July 7th from 12:00-1:30pm | Demystify the application process for applying for federal jobs, discover how and where to successfully look for state and county jobs.
  • CREATE A PERSONAL BRAND FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH | July 13th from 10:00-11:30am | Name your strength and niche, decide how you want others to perceive you and develop your branding strategy.
  • MAKE A CAREER COMEBACK | July 13th from 12:00-1:30pm |Are you under-employed, returning to work or working in a position beneath your skill level? This workshop is for you!
  • NONTRADITIONAL CAREER PATHS | July 14th from 10:00-11:30am |Describe what alternative means to you. Explore new career choices and nontraditional ways of working.
  • CREATING YOUR EMPLOYMENT PROPOSAL |July 14th from 12:00-1:30pm | Zero in on what you have to offer, identify employers or agencies that could benefit from what you have to offer and write a draft proposal.
  • USE YOUR COLLEGE DEGREE | July 27th from 10:00-11:30am | Assess your career options, expand the known possibilities and plan your targeted job search.
  • 10 STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER CHANGE | July 27th from 12:00-1:30pm | Know why you want to change, focus on your target, identify your Knowledge Skills and Abilities, & create a plan to move forward.
  • PROFILE YOUR WORK PREFERENCES | July 28th from 10:00-11:30am | Look at your preferred job functions, likely industries & best skills. Leave with a roadmap.
  • IS YOUR RESUME WORKING FOR YOU? | July 28th from 12:00-1:30pm | Learn new resume standards, weigh the value of different styles. Brainstorm ways to highlight and de-emphasize as needed; leave with solutions.