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: