Young Women for Change

Young Women for Change is a collaboration between the YWCA’s Helen Claytor Center for Girls’ Leadership and Michigan Women Forward. Through Young Women for Change, middle and high school girls have the opportunity to become involved in social justice and create social change in their communities.  Members will attend local events, participate in service learning and volunteering projects, and learn about various topics and social issues including:

  • Activism
  • Gender Equity
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Racial Equity
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Women’s Leadership
  • Access to Education and Healthcare

Young Women for Change meets weekly on Thursdays at the YWCA from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Meetings begin in October.

Interested in joining? Apply online or download the application.

Contact Julia Raap at or call 616-426-3721 for questions or more information about Young Women for Change.

Check out Young Women for Change’s 2016-2017 project, focused on raising awareness of the YWCA’s Nurse Examiner Program and increasing accessibility for young people: What to Expect if you Need a Rape Exam. To learn more about what Young Women for Change has been up to recently, visit our Facebook page.

Note: This program is open to anyone who identifies as female. This includes people who were not assigned to the female sex at birth, but live as female now, as well as those who were legally assigned to the female sex but identify now as gender fluid, gender queer, or transgender.