The YWCA has a long tradition of social action and advocacy to advance our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. On a national level, the YWCA has been educating and advocating in social justice spaces: from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, and from violence prevention to health care reform. Public policy impacts everyone. We know that programs or services are just one part of the efforts needed to fulfill our mission now and in the future. To make lasting change, we must advocate for policies that bring us closer to eliminating racism, empowering women, and building safe, healthy, and equitable communities at the state and local level.

Want to know what we are watching at the state level?  You can find out what we have been monitoring on our LegiScan page.

As a part of our West Michigan community, you are a crucial part of this work. The YWCA’s mission depends on support and sound policy from local, state, and federal government. As changes take place at all levels, decisions will be made that can affect the work of the YWCA and our ability to serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence. For more information about our public policy advocacy, please visit the resources below or contact Adrienne Zaya, Prevention Specialist & Policy Analyst at 616-426-3720 or

S.A.F.E. Student ACT

As part of a statewide initiative to combat school pushout for youth of color, the YWCA is providing information on the newly proposed S.A.F.E. Student Act.

S.A.F.E. Student Act Fact Sheet

Call to Action: S.A.F.E Student Act

Advocacy Resources

Grand Rapids City Government
Kent County Board of Commissioners
A Citizen’s Guide to State Government
Michigan State Senate
Michigan House of Representatives
United States Senate
United States House of Representatives