The Center for Young Women’s Development is now doing business as the Young Women’s Freedom Center. We’re creating a world where culturally diverse young women in crisis are healed and supported with care and compassion so they can proactively resist the impacts of all forms of oppression. Through our Sisters’ Rising Program, we reach young women through direct outreach in juvenile hall, county jail and low-income communities in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. We work with them to create positive change in their lives as soon as possible. We utilize trauma informed curricula and healing-centered organizing in concert with alliance building, strategic campaigns and policy advocacy to place historically muted voices of young women at the center of decision-making conversations. With these strategies aligned, we empower young women to achieve personal and systemic freedom.
We partner with Probation, District Attorney and Public Defender’s Offices to facilitate early access to serve young women most in need. We provide training, referrals and court advocacy to help young women build their personal power and reduce recidivism. We apply our strength-based methodology daily to create better more sustainable life outcomes for young women and their families.
Select young women enter Sister’s Rising through a paid internship. They’re offered opportunities to learn and grow in a safe space. After successful completion of the internship, they graduate to Junior Staff of The Center to maintain the cycle of outreach and support in our hard to reach communities. Over the next twelve months, staff will conduct ongoing outreach and trainings in lock-up and on the streets, base-build and organize around housing, strengthen alliances with key public, private and community partners and launch our blog series, “Girls In Cages”- a collection of poetry, art and narratives written by system-involved young women to raise awareness of their unique needs.