In 1889, seventeen women* started the YWCA at UC Berkeley to serve the needs of women and girls* through community service, leadership training and support services. As the decades passed the YWCA expanded its focus to encompass many significant social issues.

The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland has over a 130 year tradition of dedication to the empowerment of girls and women* and to racial and social justice for ALL people. Our programs and services reach out to the diverse populations of our city including students, immigrants, foreign students, at-risk youth and the unemployed. The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland is the only organization in Berkeley through which you can reach this breath of population.

Early Years

Middle Years

Each location for the YWCA is part of a global movement that is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women.*

For more information on our national and global YWCA locations, check the links below:

*Our use of “girls” and “women” is inclusive of all cis and trans women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender queer, and any female-identified folks.