Our Mission

The Young Women's Project builds the leadership and power of young people so that they can transform DC institutions to expand rights and opportunities for DC youth. YWP programs guide youth through a process of personal transformation so they can become leaders in their peer groups, schools, families, and communities who are able to analyze problems, identify solutions, and advocate for change.

Based in Washington, DC, YWP programs engage under-resourced youth of color, ages 14-22, with a focus on teen women and youth in the foster care system. Youth staff and members are organized into two issue campaigns, driven by long-term-system-change-focused goals and chose by youth. The Foster Care Campaign (FCC) builds the leadership and power of foster youth so that they can transform their own lives and improve the child welfare system. The Peer Health and Sexuality Education Project (PHASE) is a teen-adult partnership that works to improve DC teens’ reproductive health by expanding comprehensive sexuality education, ensuring access to community and school based reproductive health care, and engaging teen women and men as peer educators and decision makers on reproductive health issues.