I learned how to put yourself first and to never forget that you always come first.
-Participant of Cohort IV
The Young Women’s Saturday Program (YWSP) is designed to address the needs of girls on probation in Alameda County that are at risk for continued involvement in the juvenile justice system. The vast majority of girls served by YWSP are young women of color with victimization histories who have been involved in the dependency and/or delinquency systems. In order to assist young women in their path towards healing and self discovery, students are exposed to relevant issues related to the international rights, experiences, and strengths of women and girls. They are also introduced to motivational guest speakers that have overcome similar challenges in life.
YWSP is composed of twelve sessions that are based on best practices for providing gender responsive, culturally competent, and trauma-informed programming for system-involved girls. Youth who successfully complete all required sessions receive a program certificate, are honored at a graduation celebration, and have the opportunity to dismiss or modify their status on probation.
Thoughts from the young ladies:
I like the fact that we meet somewhere weekly and talk about crucial, relevant topics we mostly cannot get advice about. – Cohort III
We can be ourselves and express ourselves without being judged. – Cohort I
I’ve learned just to be more open and to feel good about who you are. – Cohort IV
I learned that decisions you make in your life can really impact you. – Cohort III
Commencing in 2012, YWSP is a partnership between the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Bay Area Women Against Rape, and Healing Justice (formerly JPG Consultants).