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YWCA Southeast MA
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YWCA Southeastern MA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


YWCA programs and direct services are provided to over 4,000 people annually within four concentrations: Adult Services, Youth Services, Health and Wellness and Residential Services.

Youth Services

YWkids School Age Program

YWkids School Age Program serves families in need of quality care for their boys and girls age 5-13.  YWkids staff strive to acknowledge, respect and design ways to accommodate the uniqueness of each child so that all may reach their fullest potential. YWkids School Age Program is designed to offer educational experiences in a structured environment; hands-on, theme-based activities in subjects such as art, physical education, math, science, literature and the YWCA Mission impact programs of racial justice and economic advancement.   The program is currently offered during the school year 2:30-5:30pm and out of school time 8:00am-4:30pm.

Girls Exclusive

Girls Exclusive is a gender-specific program that focuses on education, leadership development, community service, financial literacy, cultural competency, etiquette and home alone and babysitting workshops for girls in grades 3-8.  The program operates Monday-Friday from 2:30pm-5pm and during the summer from 9am-2pm.

Locations vary.

Mayor’s Youth Council

Mayor’s Youth Council was created to be the eyes and ears of city youth in an advisory capacity to the mayor and city government.  The council assists city officials in the development of community projects from a youth’s perspective.  The program serves high school boys and girls age 14-18.  The program meets the first and third Wednesday of the month year round from 5:30pm-8:30pm

Youth Police Dialogues

Youth Police Dialogues is a nationally recognized program developed that provides a safe, structured way for young people and police officers to come together, speak openly, build trust and community. Program meets for six weeks.  Date and time TBD-groups need to be scheduled.

Additional Info

Executive Director:  Gail Fortes

Address:  20 South Sixth Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Phone Number:  508-999-3255


Email Address:

Hours of Operation:  Administrative Office Hours Monday- Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm

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