Youth Matters with YWCA Spokane

Categories: Advocacy, Community, Education and Training, Get Involved
Group-Based Youth Support Available Online

YWCA Spokane is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, standing up for social justice, helping families, strengthening communities, and promoting peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all. We empower women, families, and communities through a combination of prevention and response work.

We understand that resources, particularly for young people, may be limited during this time as we are navigating newly implemented health and safety measures surrounding COVID-19. We also understand that many of our lives and support systems have been uprooted, and our youth may be struggling with feeling disconnected, worried, or restless. To help bridge this gap and continue to meet the needs of our youth, we’ve created an online group called “Youth Matters” on Facebook, facilitated by Youth Advocate, Jessi Taylor.

This group is to serve as a safe and inclusive space for those under the age of 18 to ask questions, get connected to resources & events, and discuss matters important to them with trauma-informed Advocates. Advocates will regularly post video lessons and discussion prompts that will cover social and racial justice, healthy relationships and red flags, self-care and more. We are looking to educate, engage and empower youth to become change agents in their own lives, and to ultimately lead safer, healthier futures.

 “During this time, I want youth and families to know I am still a support. I hear you, I see you, and I look forward to connecting with our youth on social and racial justice matters within this new forum.”

-Jessi Taylor, M.A., former YWCA Spokane Youth Advocate

Engagement Opportunity

We encourage youth to be kind, respectful and inclusive within this space, and hope that they will be able to find solidarity within this group through this current pandemic, and beyond

Please share this group with the youth in your life. If you have any questions, please reach out to Youth Advocate, Jose Alvarez. He can best be reached by email at

If you or someone you love is concerned about intimate partner violence, please know confidential advocates are available to talk to through YWCA Spokane’s 24hr helpline. Just call 326-2255 (CALL) or email 

Thank you for supporting the youth in our community and our mission at YWCA Spokane.