A- A A+

Eliminating Racism. Empowering Women.

YWCA York is not just an organization…we are a mission-driven collective, ready to serve our community with open minds and hearts. Using an intersectional approach and mindfulness techniques, the goal of our programming and training is to eliminate internal, interpersonal, and systemic racism. We strive to transform social inequality in our community, schools, and organizations through education, open dialogue, and inviting others to join us an anti-racist ally.

YWCA York has been leading change since 1891. JOIN US.

Consider taking our Pledge to END Racism with your family, friends and contacts!


Creating a Better York

YWCA York takes an interactive and reflective approach to teaching about bias, oppression, privilege, and the “isms” that exist in our society today. Our skilled presenters will tailor their approaches toward the unique needs of your organization. Our programs are designed to equip participants with the tools they need to create a more inclusive environment.

Be a part of the change you want to see in the world! To view our current racial justice training offerings, click here.

Contact us at info@ywcayork.org to learn about the options for trainings and presentations.

One Race, One Heart

Held on the last Saturday in April at YWCA York, Race Against Racism unites our community as we run, walk, stroll, or cheer a
long a 5K route in support of our mission of advancing racial justice in York County.
The proceeds from this event support the important work that we do in our community to create change.

Promoting Peace and Justice

The important mission of YWCA York’s Racial Justice Committee is accomplished through a collaborative approach that seeks to create bridges between individuals, community organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses, schools and colleges. Events foster discussions and activities in the community focused on a range of topics pertaining to race, privilege, equality, and civil rights. This committee meets every two months throughout this year. Contact us at info@ywcayork.org if you would like information about joining this committee.

YWCA York is a participating organization of the Confronting Racism Coalition (CRC), a community action group of people looking to create a more equitable York County. For more information on the CRC, visit www.confrontingracism.org

Making A Difference

YWCA York participates in the regional Leadership Summit: Dialogues on Race. This program is aimed at student leaders in grades 8-12 with an interest in making changes in their schools and communities. Five student leaders are selected by each school district to engage in deep conversations about race, culture, and justice at a 4 1/2 hour training held at York College of Pennsylvania. Our talented and motivated volunteers help facilitate these meaningful experiences.

This year’s program was offered free to York County schools through the generous support of sponsors. Schools must provide transportation and lunch is provided. If you are interested in learning more about our racial and social justice trainings for schools, contact us at info@ywcayork.org


The 2020 recipient of the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award is Jane Tucker, co-founder of ACCESS York.

Jane was one of the primary forces behind the establishment of a domestic violence shelter in York in 1980 and she remained on the board for many years. Her own journey as a young wife and mother, able to leave her first abusive marriage and begin a new life, gave her the courage to help others. ACCESS York merged with YWCA York in 2008.

Read more about Jane Tucker and ACCESS York’s 40th anniversary: Click here.

In 1995, YWCA York created the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award to recognize women advocates for social issues. The award honors YWCA York volunteer achievement, the support for our advocacy agenda, and YWCA York’s mission of peace, justice, and dignity for all people.

Dorrie Leader dedicated her life to the fight for civil rights, the empowerment of women, and advocating for social justice. Mrs. Leader served as YWCA York’s board president in the early 1950s before going on to serve on the National Board of YWCA USA from 1958 to 1976. She was present in 1963 at the March on Washington, accompanied by her two oldest daughters, to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak of his dream for America.


She shared that dream, and was steadfast in her commitment to help achieve it nationally and here in York. Her fierce advocacy for racial justice undoubtedly laid the groundwork for YWCA’s prioritization of the elimination of racism as national mission work.

Past Honorees
Meg Brubaker, Carla Christopher, Ruthe Craley, Cynthia Dixon, Helen Elfner, Traci Foster, Deborah Gable, Ramona Kinard, Rev., Dorrie Leader, Genevieve Ray, Delma Rivera, Delma Rivera Lytle, Stephanie Seaton, Doris Sweeney, Jane Zarfoss and Jerri Zimmerman.

The Racial Justice Community Assessment (RJCA) is a questionnaire designed to understand the current, racial justice services available, where there are gaps, and opportunities to enhance coordination and effectiveness among organizations doing racial justice work in York, Pennsylvania. The RJCA was also designed to strengthen unity and collaboration among organizations involved in racial justice work; therefore, this report was written to share the information collected with the York community.

A special thank you to the York County Community Foundation for their support of this project! Click here: YWCA York Racial Justice Assessment Report 2019