What We Do
Established in 1868, YWCA Greater Cleveland is a unique and vital community resource in Northeast Ohio committed to eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA Greater Cleveland is widely recognized as a thought leader on the issues of racial equity and the advancement of women, thanks to the deep subject matter expertise and extensive experience of our leadership team.
We provide transformative services in three focus areas: early childhood education, youth services, and leadership and inclusion initiatives.
Early Childhood Education
Early Learning Center
The Early Learning Center provides high-quality early education for children ages six weeks to five years. Conveniently located between University Circle and downtown, the highly-rated Early Learning Center enables working parents to pursue their career and educational goals while preparing their young children for a lifetime of learning in an environment that celebrates diversity.
Nurturing Independence and Aspirations (NIA)
Nurturing Independence and Aspirations (NIA) is a Trauma-Informed System of Care model focused on permanence, education, employment, housing, physical and mental health, and personal and community engagement for youth 14 to 24 years of age transitioning from failing systems – including foster care. No organization does more than YWCA Greater Cleveland to address the unmet needs of transitioning girls and young adults.
Leadership & Inclusion Initiatives
Racial Inclusion Initiative
The Racial Inclusion Initiative provides community members, businesses and organizations with the tools and strategies to become change agents in support of ending racism through productive, informed dialogue about race relations. As we help create a more diverse and inclusive environment in places of business, we are bringing about lasting changes in people’s attitudes and behavior both on the job and in their community.
Women’s Leadership Initiative
The Women’s Leadership Initiative empowers women to become effective leaders by providing them with the essential skills necessary at each stage of their career. A variety of carefully tailored programs are designed to support women in all phases of their careers – and to ensure that organizations are prepared to do the same. The YWCA Women’s Leadership Initiative propels professional women further and faster up their career ladder.
Vice President of Programs and Operations,
“It’s easier to go back to work when you feel good about the care that your child is receiving.”
- ELC parent
Vice President of Programs
Compared to peers, foster youth are three times less likely to graduate high school and half as likely to complete any college.
Approximately 200 teens age out of foster care annually in Cuyahoga County.
24% of youth find themselves homeless within four years of leaving the foster care system.
Amanda Cusick Kenney
Professional Development Programs
216-881-6878, ext. 220
Women's Leadership programs:
- Boot Camp
- Wisdom Circles
- Women's Leadership Conference
- Women of Achievement Awards
Racial Inclusion programs:
Percentage of 2013 Women's Leadership Conference participants who stated they will attend again next year.
The number of womenCEOs.
We provide transformative services in three focus areas. Get involved!