The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) empowers all women to take command of their career, health, education and community involvement effectively throughout their lives and to actively participate in a society free of discrimination.
The movement that resulted in the World YWCA began in Britain in 1855 in the midst of the Industrial Revolution and the Crimean War. Founded through the convergence of social activist Lady Mary Jane Kinnairdís General Female Training Institute, and committed Christian Emma Robartsí Prayer Union, it sought to be a social and spiritual support system for young British women.
Today it is the oldest and one of the largest womenís organizations in the world. They have also expanded their focus beyond Christian to embrace all women of all faiths, races, cultural backgrounds and even sexual orientation.
Pittsburgh's involvement in the YWCA began in 1869 when a small group of women came together to become a social force for good in the community.
The downtown headquarters is a sleek, contemporary office building where the YWCA offers services, activities and resources of women and girls throughout the year.
Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
On-street parking is available. There are also garages nearby on Third Avenue and the Boulevard Of The Allies.