YWCA is the nation's oldest and largest women's multicultural membership organization, reaching women in 109 countries and at 300 locations in the United States. YWCA Tri-County Area was founded as YWCA of Pottstown in a two-story frame building in 1908. Its original focus was to provide safe housing for young girls and women; over the years, services expanded and adapted to meet the changing needs of girls and women in the community. Today, YWCA Tri-County Area remains a leader in advocating for girls and women, and families providing quality programs and services designed to support and enrich the community.
The mission of YWCA Tri-County Area is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
The Early Education Center helps children and families achieve emotional and physical well-being and school readiness through affordable, high-quality preschool education. More than 100 children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old are enrolled in the infant, toddler, preschool, two Early Head Start and five Pre-K Counts classrooms. Classroom teachers and aides utilize Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD for Early Education assessment tools to ensure children are meeting age-appropriate milestones. Children are also screened using Ages and Stages Questionnaire to facilitate appropriate early intervention and behavioral support. YW Early Education Center is a Keystone STARS 4 facility.
Youth programming offers before- and after-school enrichment for 60 children K-6, establishing a routine for academic success. YWCampAdventures offers opportunities for children to spend their summer days exploring, creating, and learning. Healthy Pathways Project is a multi-pronged health and wellness program for adolescent girls, youth, and their families emphasizing nutrition education, wellness, movement, and leadership opportunities, raising awareness of healthy lifestyle changes for youth and their families. The primary program goals are: improving healthy behaviors; healthy choices/decision making; and leadership/advocacy. The Healthy Pathways Project, established in 2006, serves more than 250 youth.
YWCA Tri-County Area Education and Training Center empowers adult learners to find freedom and dignity through education and employment. The Education and Training Center offers Adult Basic Education, high school equivalency preparation and testing, and English as a Second Language/Civics instruction. Adult learners improve reading, math, and writing skills, and prepare for high school equivalency testing in a classroom setting, in small groups, or in custom one-on-one sessions. English as a Second Language instruction helps recent immigrants improve their speaking, reading, and writing in English, and their knowledge of U.S. civics; staff also assists people with the U.S. citizenship application process, helping with form completion and interview preparation. The Job Seekers Connection provides guidance in crafting resumes, writing cover letters, identifying career paths, determining job search strategies, practicing for job interviews, building soft employment skills.
The Foster Grandparent Program, through the Corporation for National and Community Service, matches adults 65 and older with volunteer opportunities throughout Montgomery County.
YWCA Tri-County Area's mission-based advocacy programming raises awareness, offers issue education, and builds social capital around women's empowerment, racial and social justice and inequities, and safe and healthy communities.
YWCA Tri-County Area serves more than 1,500 women, children, and families as an educational organization that is empowering and inclusive, providing programs which encourage individuals to learn, grow, become, and take a stand. The Tri-County Area is bounded by a 10‐mile radius centered in Pottstown Borough. Target communities include all or part of the seven public school districts surrounding Pottstown: Pottstown, Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford, Perkiomen Valley, Owen J. Roberts, Boyertown, and Daniel Boone.