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YWCA Northeast Kansas

Who We Are

The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 106 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local associations in the United States. More important than the numbers, is our mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress.  Women come to us in times of crisis, as survivors of rape or domestic violence. They come for job training and career counseling. They come for childcare. They come for health and fitness. They come for a variety of reasons. But they come. And they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.

The YWCA Northeast Kansas was founded November 19, 1887 by a group of women seeking to enhance and elevate women’s lives "physically, mentally, morally and spiritually."  Currently, the YWCA encompasses programs that fall into the categories of empowerment programs, youth services, health and wellness.

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What We Do

The YWCA Northeast Kansas provides services to thousands of women, men and children in Northeast Kansas each year.  The YWCA is recognized as a powerful force in the community for the rights of girls and women.  We are leaders and activists united by passion for positive social change, justice and economic empowerment.

The YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment (CSE) has provided services to survivors of domestic violence since 1977. These services include crisis counseling, support groups, assistance with the filing of protection from abuse and protection from stalking orders, public education programs, batterer's intervention programs, and advocacy with the court and social service systems. In addition, the YWCA emergency shelter provides a safe and secure place for up to 16 people at a time. 

YWCA Kids Quest program provides afterschool enrichment opportunities for elementary students in eight schools in the Topeka Public School District.  Team work and learning are incorporated daily into the Kids Quest atmosphere through unique hands-on group and individual projects.  In 2013, Kids Quest began piloting the Integrating Music with Math and Science Curriculum providing a unique and fun way for students to learn fractions and patterns while improving fine motor skills and handwriting.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is an evidence based afterschool program that weaves training for a 5k run with lessons that empower girls in 3rd-8th grade. The curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development - their physical, emotional, mental and social well being.  Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and avoid risky adolescent behavior.  Currently, the YWCA has exclusive rights to present the GOTR curriculum in Shawnee, Jackson, Osage, Wabaunsee and Lyon Counties. 

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Contact Information

Address Information
225 SW 12th Street
Topeka, KS 66612
Office Hours: Business Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Contact: Tari Laster
Contact Title: Volunteer & Membership Manager
Phone: (785) 233-1750
Fax: (785) 233-4867
Email: volunteer@ywcaneks.org

We are located at the corner of Huntoon and VanBuren Streets please use the doors on the north side of the building. 

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