YWCA has been at the forefront of the most critical social movements for more than 150 years — from women’s empowerment and civil rights, to affordable housing and pay equity, to violence prevention and health care.
1888: The YWCA of Brooklyn was founded; it remains the only YWCA in New York City with its own facility.
1890: opens the first public nursing school in the United States
1927: builds its current Third Avenue facility
1943: becomes the first YWCA in the country to racially integrate its programs and residence
1940’s: offers free sex education classes for young women
1960’s: supports civil rights struggles throughout the nation.
1971: pioneers one of the nation’s first women drop-in centers complete with daycare and social workers for women in crisis.
1976: opens program for survivors of domestic violence.
1980: founds a child development center
1994: establishes award winning women’s health programs
2005: adopts a new strategic plan with renewed commitment to the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women
2006: raises capital to build additional housing and a new community center
2007: breaks ground on its ambitious renovation project
2010: completes expansion of affordable housing with over 300 units for low income women
2011: opens new community center dedicated to social justice initiatives
2013: celebrates its 125th Anniversary