YWCA Lake County stands up for social justice, helps families, and strengthens the Lake County community. We strive to fix the issues that hold our community back. We do all this, guided and driven by our mission:
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is part of a larger system of national, state-wide, and local programs and services supporting positive outcomes for children and families.
Through cross-sector partnerships, we support Illinois’ early learning mission and guiding principles for families to ensure that each and every child enters kindergarten safe, healthy, ready to succeed, and eager to learn.
CCR&R services increase access to affordable, quality childcare in Lake County by referring families and helping them pay for childcare.
We prepare practitioners to enter and succeed in the field as well, through technical assistance consultation, professional development training, and funding. We improve the quality of child care in Lake County.
Economic Empowerment Program provides job readiness and training opportunities for individuals to achieve self-sufficiency. This program eliminates significant barriers towards access to education, gainful employment, and financial security.
Health Services empowers members of our community to be proactive about their health. We offer information, screenings, referrals, health navigation, interpretation, and transportation, along with training and education to increase health awareness.
Training topics include:
- cardiovascular disease
- sexually transmitted infections (including HIV)
By partnering with local officials, corporations, and health providers, we equip Lake County residents to be advocates for their health and wellness.
Our Social Justice Initiative, provides participatory workshops, group and community conversations that empower participants to complement our efforts in eliminating racism, empowering communities, and mobilizing them towards action for social justice.
By exploring these issues, we are able to increase awareness, build trust, break down stereotypes, and foster mutual respect and understanding within our communities.
Youth Leadership and Development provides child care and enrichment to the Lake County area. We enable parents to continue their work and education, by providing affordable, high quality, before and after school care for their children 5 through 13 years of age.