Shadow Day

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Our mission at the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland is to eliminate racism and empower women, which is why for more than 25 years, we have hosted our Annual Shadow Day. 

Shadow Day brings together 300 high school students from neighboring communities (Oakland, Richmond and the greater East Bay), and 300 current UC Berkeley students who are matched in one-on-one pairs for a day of shadowing classes, attending

workshops, and getting support with learning how to apply and pay for college. Shadow Day aims to increase access, equity, and representation within the university system, and is an opportunity for high school youth to learn first-hand what it is really like to be a college student, and to receive support in pursuing higher education.

*Our definition of “Girls” refers to gender expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth).


~Check out our FREE Shadow Day Resource Booklet!~

YWCA Berkeley_Oakland Shadow Day 2020 Resource Packet FINAL

Created by the Spring 2020 Shadow Day Leadership Board team, this booklet contains resources and video testimony for high school students on exploring higher education, and learning how to apply & pay for college.