Mission and Vision
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”
-Mary McLeod Bethune
This quote embodies the essence of our work at the YWCA of the University of Illinois. To direct the power of our youth to good ends in the areas of racial and social justice and women’s empowerment though leadership development training. Our goal is to develop the next generation of women leaders who will come to situations fully aware of their power to affect positive change.
We take our history, being the oldest continuously operating student affiliated YWCA, seriously. Everything we do reflects the responsibility and promise of that legacy. It is imperative that we realize how important it is to not only pass the baton to the next generation, but also to train them to run well. This is an active process and we can all be a part in some way, but be a part we must to ensure that the struggle for social justice is always advancing.
So we welcome all men and women to join with us in any way you can, to pay it forward, to envision and work towards a world that values everyone’s contribution regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. We all have something to contribute.