Advocacy Program

Are you passionate about racial and gender justice?

Are you interested in developing your grassroots organizing skills to advance the issues you care about?

Are you looking to build a powerful community with other young leaders, organizers and advocates united for justice?

Apply to become a member of the YWCA Fall 2021 Racial Justice Advocacy Cohort TODAY!

*Accepting applications through September 1st, 2021, share with your networks!

About the YWCA Racial Justice Advocacy Program:

At the YWCA, our vision is to support young leaders to develop the tools and resources they need to advocate for themselves, and to build collective power in our communities. To fulfill the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, it is critical that we are working to center and follow the leadership of Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and Communities of Color (QTBI&POC). By uplifting the legislative priorities and amplifying the voices of those most impacted, we can more meaningfully engage in the struggle for access, equity, and collective liberation.

Fall 2021 Semester Overview:

The Racial Justice Advocacy Program will meet weekly for 1.5 to 2 hours over the course of 14 weeks with hybrid online and in-person options (weekly meeting will take place between Monday and Wednesday, 9am – 6pm, day and time TBD based on applicant’s availability). Together, we will demystify the legislative process, and will explore how grassroots movement combined with policy can be used as a tool for racial justice and collective liberation. We will engage in political education sessions and workshops centered around the issues and topics that program members identify they are impacted by and/or passionate about, to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the history of white supremacy and systemic racism in the United States, as well as liberation movements and initiatives led by Black, Indigenous, Native, Queer, & Trans Communities of Color. We will work to deepen our leadership and advocacy skills through relationship building, political education centering a popular-education model, legislative advocacy, community engagement, and connecting with local movements that align with the Movement for Black Lives for monthly “Learning In Action” volunteer projects that will take place outside of our weekly meetings.

About Learning In Action Monthly Volunteer Projects: In addition to our weekly hybrid program meetings, a cornerstone of our work in the Racial Justice Advocacy Program is community-based engagement and action. Program members will commit to volunteering a minimum of 2 hours per month with our Community Partners and Collaborators. We see this as a vital component of our work in moving from learning towards action, in deepening our individual and collective skills, as well as relationships with our local Berkeley/Oakland community.

To learn more about the Fall 2021 Racial Justice Advocacy Program, check out our Learning In Action Guide (still in the works)!

For more information, e-mail Program Directors at and

Mapping Our Stories – On the Road Towards Racial Justice: a ZINE! (Winter 2020)



YWCA Racial Justice/Advocacy Action Guide (Fall 2020)

RJ_Advocacy Fall 2020 Calls to Action (1)


Rest, Resistance & Resilience during COVID-19: A ZINE! (Spring 2020)

Rest, Resistance & Resilience during COVID-19 Zine Final
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