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To address the lack of recognition and opportunities for girls and women as leaders, The Young Women’s Leadership Council was created and spearheaded by the YWCA Houston Board of Directors. The YWCA Houston Board of Directors recognizes that it is essential for girls to have experiences that help them discover the power of their capacity for formal and informal leadership. The experiences also need to develop girls’ awareness of and responsible engagement in their community. Further, it is critical that girls take this journey of discovery with women in their communities and participate in meaningful opportunities to effect lasting change through community action.Young Women's Leadership Council at table

The YWCA Houston Board of Directors are committed to providing participants with an interactive and engaging experience that will empower them to become the next generation of leaders in our schools and community.

This is a unique opportunity for high school girls (14-18 years old) from diverse backgrounds across the Houston area to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. Participants will act as YWCA ambassadors and leaders for youth service throughout the Houston area.


YWLC Ambassadors will:

  • Create a framework for youth engagement
  • Incorporate the youth voice into YWCA programs
  • Build a model of youth leadership
  • Volunteer with the YWCA Programs
  • Interact with YWCA Houston board members

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS AND COMMITMENTS?Young Women's Leadership Council Meeting

  • Be between 14-18 years of age
  • Download and complete the online application (pages 2-4)
  • Currently enrolled in a public/private or home-school high school in the Houston area in grades 9-12 for the upcoming school term
  • Commit to attending scheduled monthly meetings
  • Provide feedback and participate in program evaluations
  • Attend the scheduled training for YWLC ambassadors


Begins September through May. The YWLC ambassadors may serve more than one term if they re-apply and meet the qualifications each year.


Application may be submitted via the mail or email address listed below:
Mail: YWCA (Young Women’s Leadership Council)
6309 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Houston, TX 77021

Email: ywcahouston@ywcahouston.org



Contact Tiphany Chambers-Burrell at (713) 640-6823 or tchambers-burrell@ywcahouston.org
Deadline:  February 28, 2020

Donate or Sponsor

Our goal is to provide a hands-on experience in leadership for participants which often requires supplies, books, materials, and field trips. If you would like to partner with the YWCA Houston Board to donate or sponsor this program, please complete the donation form. Donate Here


We need you to donate your time and talents to create the best leadership experience for our girls! Please consider volunteering to speak or host an interactive class during the program. Volunteer Here

If you are interested in touring our program or volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (713) 640-6812 or email volunteers@ywcahouston.org if you have any questions.

Thanks to our donors and sponsors!

YWCA Houston Board of Directors