Dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Program Areas


Empowerment & Economic Advancement of Women & Girls:

In partnership with City Councilor E. Denise Simmons, our Girls Only Leadership Development (GOLD) Program supports and empowers 8th grade girls to become resilient and transformative leaders in their own lives, their communities, and beyond. The young women in GOLD work with a fierce team of mentors, women from the Cambridge community, on themes such as: challenging standards of beauty and stereotypes, social media, safety, healthy relationships, financial literacy, public speaking, and more.


Housing and Shelter Services:

In Tanner Residence, YWCA Cambridge offers 103 units of quality, safe, single room occupancy (SRO) housing for women who have experienced trauma and need a supportive environment where they can live and grow.

While currently in transition, our Family Shelter offers a warm, stable environment for 10 homeless families at a time and offers support while these families build sustainable lives.

With 103 units of single room occupancy (SRO) housing for single women and a 10 family shelter for homeless families, the YWCA is Cambridge’s largest residential housing provider for women.


Health and Wellness:

Boston Classical Soo Bahk Do, a Korean martial art, has recently become a YWCA Cambridge program. Our main building hosts classes in Tai Chi, Latin Dance, Pilates, Gyrotonics, and more! YWCA Cambridge is also the fiscal sponsor of Community Conversations: Sister to Sister, a women’s health initiative, that is an open forum to explore health issues of importance to Black women and their families.


Racial & Social Justice Advocacy:

The YWCA Cambridge works closely with racial justice organizations and community groups in the Cambridge area. We are engaged in racial justice work through housing advocacy and events such as our annual Stand Against Racism, a campaign intended to build community among those who work for racial justice, and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism.

To read the full YWCA USA Racial Justice Training Manual click here.

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