Mission & History

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Our Mission

YWCA Mahoning Valley is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all.

We proudly serve the women and families of Mahoning and Trumbull Counties with housing, youth development, childcare, advocacy, and empowerment programs that meet the dynamic, changing needs our our community.

Our History

YWCA Mahoning Valley was formed in 2018, the result of the merger of YWCA Warren and YWCA Youngstown. Our merger allows us to bring a combined 215 years of experience and expertise to doing what we do best: empowering women.

Groundbreaking Ceremony in Warren
Ground is broken by Mrs. Ella Phelps in 1928 for the YWCA building in Warren.

YWCA Warren was founded in 1916, but plans for the organization go back as far as 1912. In 1929, YWCA Warren opened its building at 375 North Park Avenue, housing travelers, serving hot meals to downtown workers, offering education to newly arrived immigrants, and providing opportunities for social, spiritual, and personal enrichment to young women. Over the course of a century, YWCA Warren became a hub for women and girls, ever-evolving to meet their needs. Today, the YWCA building on North Park is home to YWCA’s Warren offices and is shared by SCOPE, another Trumbull County social service agency serving older adults.

 

Youngstown membership drive in 1921
YWCA women organized a membership drive in Youngstown to recruit young women in 1921.

YWCA Youngstown was organized in 1903 and formally founded in 1904. In 1912, the historic building which still houses YWCA’s administrative offices was completed, providing a space for housing for young women and travelers. YWCA activities grew and flourished over the coming decades, with the YWCA taking on such important work as educating newly enfranchished voters, providing sex education to families, and offering support to the large immigrant populations arriving in Youngstown. YWCA today is an integral part of the landscape between downtown and Youngstown State University’s campus to the north.