National Capital Area


Creating pathways out of poverty by improving relationships between mothers and middle-school aged daughters.

Through our "Strengthening Family Approach," we are working to build families' protective factors, create opportunities, and identify and respond to potential risk factors in order to improve the well-being of middle school girls and their moms.


Program Details

The YWCA and the DC College Success Foundation have been working in a collaborative partnership relationship to develop a program that works to improve the well-being of middle school girls and their mothers in the Washington, DC area. We have launched our first pilot program at Cesar Chavez's Bruce Prep Campus in Columbia Heights, with 6 families. Sessions are held on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. 

The programming is built upon the Strengthening Families Approach and the curriculum has been employed with parents and youth, ages 10-14 in thousands of families in all 50 states and more than 25 countries. The five factors of focus are: parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need,  knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. 

For more detail and information, please contact Shelby Love, Youth Programs Coordinator HERE. 


Thank you to our program partners!




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