Youth Services

Free programs and services for youth in the Spokane area.

For Youth and Families

We provide an array of programs and services designed to educate, care for, invest in, and advocate for youth in our community, including free preschool, violence prevention education, a teen council, and therapy for youth exposed to domestic violence.

Services

Free Preschool

ECEAP (Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program) is a free preschool program for 3-4 year olds that includes additional care and support for the youth’s entire family. When the whole family is connected to meaningful resources, the child’s chances for success are greatly improved. 

Mental Health Therapy

Trauma-informed mental health services are available for youth, up to 18 years old, who have directly or indirectly experienced domestic violence. We offer trauma-informed play and sand tray therapy, as well as EMDR.

Youth Violence Prevention

To foster healthy relationships and prevent future violence, we engage with youth in a variety of ways, including healthy relationship curriculum, leadership development through our Teen Council, and  self-care and community building at our Transformations Camp and Self-Care Summit events. 

Domestic Violence and Children

According to the Spokane Regional Health District:

  • 1 in 3 youth experience verbal abuse in their family
  • 1 in 5 youth witnessed abuse between adults more than once
  • 1 in 5 youth have been abused by an adult
  • 1 in 10 youth experience intimate partner violence
  • More than 2,000 children are documented as witnesses to a DV-related crime
  • 1,490 children were identified as victims in DV-related incidents
  • These numbers underestimate true exposure due to inconsistencies in tracking and underreporting

Blog

Feb 23, 2024 Jun 22 @ 3:47 am

Recap | Pathways Forward: Youth Self-Regulation

A conversation about self-regulation and social emotional learning centered on youth. View Recording On February 21, 2024, Caroline Mark (YWCA Spokane) moderated a powerful Pathways Forward conversation, between Rumyana Kudeva (SRHD) and Jaime Stacy (SWAG), about self-regulation and social emotional…

Feb 2, 2024 Jun 22 @ 3:47 am

Mission Moment – ECEAP Parent Advocacy

The Role of Parents in ECEAP ECEAP (pronounced e-cap) stands for Early Childhood Education Assistant Program. YWCA Spokane’s ECEAP teaches important life skills and wraps the entire family in holistic care. We know that supporting parents, caregivers, and the entire…

Jan 22, 2024 Jun 22 @ 3:47 am

2024 Self-Care Summit for Youth

This January we held our second annual self-care summit for youth in Spokane.  The Self-Care Summit (previously called Transformations Self-Care Celebrations) is a special one day conference for youth that is provided through a partnership between YWCA Spokane and SWAG…

Events

May 6, 2024 Jun 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.

June 24th, 2024 10:00am – 11:30am Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on June 24th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA Spokane’s free and confidential services. This Training…

May 20, 2024 Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.

June 27th, 2024 2:00pm – 3:30pm Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on June 27th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA Spokane’s free and confidential services. This Training…

May 20, 2024 Jul 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

DV 201 Training: Learning in Action

July 15th, 2024 10:00am – 11:30am Join YWCA Spokane for this new free, virtual training on July 15th. Learn more about the unique barriers and challenges survivors navigate on a daily basis and talk through how you might help a…