Young Parents Program Holiday Party


Smiles filled the room as YWCA Central Massachusetts’ Young Parents Program members gathered on December 12 for their annual holiday.  Each mother was gifted a variety of gifts to bring home for their children. Gifts were donated by several members of the Worcester community including our friends from the Department of Early Education and Care.

The Young Parents Program supports pregnant and parenting teens between the ages of 14 and 24 as they navigate motherhood and continue their educational journey. The program offers childcare, case management, life and parenting skills training, job search assistance, career exploration while they prepare for the HiSET.

The Young Parents Program is always in need of volunteers, supplies and technology donations. To give, please contact the YPP Director at 508-767-2505, ext. 3073 or email her at


YWCA Central Massachusetts Statement: Indigenous People’s Day

The YWCA Central Massachusetts is disappointed in the Worcester City Council’s unanimous vote to reaffirm the city’s commitment to the celebration of Columbus Day as a holiday.

On the Second Monday in October, the YWCA, and many other communities and organizations across our Nation, choose to commemorate Indigenous People’s Day. We do so not to revise history, but to recognize the great human cost to the 1st Nations Peoples of the Caribbean, the Taino, and  the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, that came with Christopher Columbus’ arrival and whose history has been and continues to be erased.

As an organization committed to eliminating racism and fighting for peace, justice and dignity for all, it is incumbent on us to acknowledge our history that has built and continues to sustain systems that oppress entire populations of people.

We strongly encourage our community and our elected officials to join us in doing so.

News Release: Snow Day at YWCA


For Immediate Release

Sophie Cannon

Marketing & Resource Development Associate

P 508.767.2505 x 3049 |



YWCA Central Massachusetts to Host Snow Program for Working Families


WHO:                   YWCA Central Massachusetts

WHAT:                Snow Squad

WHEN:                9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:             1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA, 01608

COST:                  $25/ per child


Worcester, MA- This winter, YWCA Central Massachusetts will host Snow Squad, a drop-in childcare program designed to support working families in the community when the Worcester Public Schools close due to snow.


Children in grades one through eight are invited to our Salem Square location for a fun-filled day featuring swimming, gym activities, board games, outdoor play, and more.


Families are responsible for providing a lunch and snack. Children are also encouraged to bring a bathing suit and towel, and cold-weather gear (snow pants, boots, hat, gloves, etc).


Families are welcome to register their children in advance, or the day of, by visiting In the event of hazardous travel or a State of Emergency, please call 508-767-2505 to find out whether or not Snow Squad will be occurring.


For more information about Snow Squad, please visit or contact Kate McGrath at




YWCA Central Massachusetts is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen our community. YWCA Central Massachusetts is part of an international movement serving over 2 million in the United States and 25 million worldwide. For comprehensive information about this important work, go to: and

Girls Promoting Safety December Newsletter

Girls Promoting Safety Newsletter:

December 2019

GPS (Girls Promoting Safety) have been discussing and engaging in various activities since the beginning of the school year. Here are a few of the topics that have been addressed.


One of the first things students talked about in GPS was assertiveness. We discussed the definition of assertiveness, and how it requires a balance of being upfront about your own wants and needs, while also being respectful about the needs of others. Assertiveness can also be empowering because seeing someone stand up for themselves and clearly communicate their needs can inspire others to do the same.

GPS learn communication skills

We asked the girls to complete a survey to see how assertive they were, with questions such as “I ask my friends for a favor when I need one” and “When people hurt my feelings, I let them know how I feel”. This activity helped students explore their own assertiveness. Some felt like they were already confident enough to speaking up for themselves, while others realized it was something they need to work on.

To see what assertiveness looks like in real life, we did an activity where students got the chance to be on a panel and respond to scenarios that would require them to make potentially difficult decisions, such as:

“Today at lunch, I went to sit down at my normal table with my friends. When I sat down, nobody talked to me – and they ignored me for all of lunch! I have no idea what I did. I didn’t say anything at lunch because I felt uncomfortable, what should I do now?”

Students came up with creative ways to navigate these tricky situations, and talked about how important it is to stand up for yourself in their day to day life.

Healthy Relationships
Friendships, Family and Dating

We also talked with students the importance of healthy relationships and having a good support system. We asked them to talk about what are healthy and unhealthy qualities that make a healthy relationship. Some of the healthy qualities students brought up were honesty, communication, support, and respect. Some of the unhealthy qualities brought up were lies, disrespect, unsupportive and putting you down.

One of the activity students participated in when learning about healthy relationships was the “Talk Show Activity”, each student got the chance to be a “teen expert” on a talk show, and give advice on a number of different friendship scenarios that the audience would ask them, such as:

“A friend of mine has not been talking to me much lately. We have been best friends for more than two years. She is spending more time with another girl lately. I feel hurt and mad, but still wish she would be my friend. What should I do?”

“Lately, girls that I am friends with have stopped talking to me when we are in our friend group. Yet when they are on their own, they are friendly to me. What should I do?”

Student explored the ways they deal with situations and what kind of advice they give to their friends. It gave them a chance to reflect on their past and current friendships, and how they were already healthy or could be made stronger.

Girls Promoting Safety (GPS)
GPS is a strength-based violence prevention education program that uses evidence-based curricula to teach middle-school girls the resiliency skills needed to avoid being victims of violence and promote healthy relationships.  Learn more!