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YW ACT is a community-driven education and leadership program, designed to give members the skills and opportunity to lead, organize and plan advocacy efforts on behalf of the YWCA. Members champion issues and legislative actions to assist the YWCA in achieving its mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Southeast Multicultural Center (4610 SE Belmont St, Portland OR 97215).

Major components include:

YW ACT works in tandem with the YWCA’s coalition partners to collaborate and amplify the YWCA’s legislative priorities on the state and national level.

YW ACT takes an active role in engaging the community at large in a range of issues including: racial justice, women empowerment, immigrant and refugees, and LGBTQIA. This is achieved through partnerships with organizations, artists, faith communities, etc.

YW ACT is the hub for connecting, disseminating and supporting legislative and community outreach activities.

Have questions about how you can get involved? Email Allie Cohen ( or call (503) 294-7452 with any YW ACT related questions or feedback.

Thank you for your interest in YW ACT; we look forward to getting to know you!

Upcoming YW ACT Events

  • Resolve to Resist: A Civic Engagement Series, Part 1

    Join us Thursday, February 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm
    4610 SE Belmont St, 97215.

    Curious how you can get appointed and serve on local commissions, boards, and task forces? This session will cover:

    – Getting appointed to local leadership opportunities
    – Serving on local commissions, boards, and task forces
    – Expectations, opportunities and barriers to civic involvement.

  • Resolve to Resist: A Civic Engagement Series, Part 2

    Join us Thursday, March 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm
    4610 SE Belmont St, 97215.

    Get the run-down on elected positions, running for office, and how you can become involved. Panelists will address what it means to be a candidate, how to get started, and how to bring attention to the needs and issues too often overlooked in our political system. This session will cover:

    – Elected positions & how to get started in running for office
    – What does it mean to be a candidate for office?
    – How to bring attention to overlooked needs and issues