Des Moines

818 5th Avenue, Des Moines, IA, USA

Phone 5152444901


The Young Women’s Resource Center holds After School Groups for participants in 5th to 12th grades in the Greater Des Moines area. These groups seek to foster a healthy body and mind by allowing girls to participate in a variety of hands-on activities.

Services:

  • After school groups

Eligibility:

Individuals ages 10 ‘ 21 who have been socialized and/or identify as female.

Intake Process:

Complete the registration on the website. If you have any problems, call or email.

Hours:

Monday -Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Black Girl Magic

Black Girl Magic After School Group provides a space for Black girls/young women to find support, connect with peers, and explore who they are! Those who identify as Black and/or African American, and are entering 8th ‘ 10th grades in fall 2021, are invited to join group.

Services:

Topics covered

  • cultural values
  • self-esteem
  • leadership
  • resiliency

Activities

  • breaking down stereotypes
  • celebrating our crown (hair care)
  • partnerships with local, black-owned businesses
  • discussions
  • field trips

Eligibility:

Participants in 8th through 10th grade

Intake Process:

Call or email on the website

Hours:

Every Monday 4:00 pm ‘ 5:30 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Connections

Connections is an ongoing therapeutic group focused on positivity and building healthy relationships. With the pressures and expectations that young women must face daily, it’s easy to let anger and frustration shut out those who are most important to us. Many young girls simply need someone to talk to and reach out to them. That’s what Connections is about. This year-long ongoing program focuses on anger management and impulse control and allows young women to share what they’re dealing with in a safe space.

Services:

Topics covered:

  • healthy relationships
  • dating violence prevention
  • body image & self-esteem
  • reproductive health (birth control)
  • dealing with anger/calming strategies
  • neighborhood violence
  • sexual abuse prevention
  • gambling and addiction
  • toxic relationships
  • goal-setting achievement
  • teen pregnancy
  • healthy bodies & eating disorders
  • drug/alcohol prevention
  • stress management
  • creating coping skills

Eligibility:

Girls ages 12 ‘ 18 (7th grade and up)

Intake Process:

Call or email on the website

Hours:

Tuesdays 3:00 pm ‘ 4:15 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Counseling

The Young Women’s Resource Center provides access to Mental Health Counselors for one-on-one or group sessions to participants. Sessions may also include their partner and/or family in sessions. Counseling sessions are a place to experience supportive and safe spaces to discuss any issues participants are dealing with in their lives or any topic they choose. These free, voluntary and confidential services give participants a safe place to talk about whatever they are going through, to be listened to and be accepted for who they are.

Services:

Topics covered:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • self-esteem
  • anger management
  • empowerment
  • school-related issues
  • eating disorders
  • substance abuse
  • trauma issues
  • healthy relationships/family relationships
  • child-parent therapy
  • postpartum therapy

Activities

  • art therapy
  • journaling
  • goal-setting
  • parental support
  • support system involvement

Intake Process:

Call or email on the website

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am -12:00pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Doula Program

The word ‘doula,’ in the Greek language, means ‘mother to the mother.’ The Doula Program provides a mentor and birth coach to pregnant and parenting young women. Doulas provide emotional and practical support during pregnancy and continued mentoring after the baby is born.

Services:

Doulas provide emotional and practical support during pregnancy and continued mentoring after the baby is born.

Eligibility:

Pregnant and parenting young women

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am–5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Justice Groups

The Center provides a service to a growing number of young women involved with the justice systems. Groups serve young women at different levels of involvement. The groups offer a kind of support and education not always found in the justice system. Currently three groups meet weekly at the Center.

These groups function as part therapy and part education/skills-training. The cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approach used in group encourages young women to evaluate their behavior and examine the contingencies controlling their interpersonal lives. They are taught how to understand and correct negative thought patterns, which clears the way to learn new behaviors that lead to a successful life. The education/skills-training component offers women information and coaching in life areas that include but are not limited to drug prevention, drug intervention, anger management, and techniques for coping with mental health and relationship issues.

Services:

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am–5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


The Little Passengers Car Seat Safety Program classes are held at the Young Womens Resource Center. Classes are offered to program participants who are pregnant or parenting and to members of the general public. This program offers education on how to properly install car seats. The class consists of a video and instruction on how to use the seat correctly. The parent is required to install the seat in their vehicle while the instructor observes. Upon successful completion of the class a car seat is awarded at no cost to participants that demonstrate financial need. The classes are offered in English and Spanish.

Services:

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am–5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Lotus

Lotus is a program that explores creative expressions like painting, music and more to build self-esteem, healthy relationships and resiliency. Lotus is designed for girls and young women who have experienced trauma such as physical/sexual abuse, harassment, dating violence or who have been impacted by domestic violence.

The Lotus program offers individual and/or group experiences designed to minimize the negative impact of abuse on participants’ bodies, minds and futures. The goal of this group is to guide clients to gain insight to their thoughts, feelings and behaviors while building resiliency, self-esteem, coping skills and healthy relationships

Services:

Topics Covered:

  • resiliency
  • coping skills
  • self-esteem
  • empowerment
  • trauma-related issues
  • healthy relationships

Activities:

  • sketching, drawing, painting
  • mixed media
  • journaling
  • goal-setting
  • coping skills

Intake Process:

Sign up on the website. Call or email with questions.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Mariposa

Mariposa is a Latina/Latinx leadership group designed exclusively for middle and high school girls in the Des Moines area. This group focuses on exploring experiences in a safe, accepting and friendly environment. It is a place where young women can celebrate their Latina/Latinx roots and heritage.

Services:

Topics covered

  • self-esteem
  • empowerment
  • developing leadership skills
  • Latina roots, culture & values

Activities

  • partnership with the Luna Center
  • (survival, empowerment & freedom from violence)
  • butterfly crafts
  • discussions
  • Dia de los Muertos activities
  • ‘ME’ boxes

Eligibility:

Open to all Latinas in 6th ‘ 12th grades

Intake Process:

Call or email on the website

Hours:

Wednesdays ‘ after school 4:00 pm ‘ 5:30 pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Young Women’s Resource Center holds weekly classes for pregnant teens and young women where they can participate in discussions and activities while gaining valuable information and support that can often be hard for pregnant teens to find. These groups are for women at any stage of their pregnancy and are a place for young women to benefit themselves and their unborn children. Participants can learn about labor and delivery from a certified childbirth educator and doula.

Services:

Topics covered

  • healthy pregnancy
  • avoiding pre-term & low birth weight
  • pregnancy discomforts
  • pregnancy warning signs
  • importance of prenatal checkups
  • pre-labor signs
  • stages of labor
  • pain relief options
  • labor support from partner, family members and the role of a doula
  • informed consent & refusal
  • advocating for yourself & birth plans
  • cesarean birth
  • birth/newborn care & procedures
  • postpartum support & baby blues

Activities:

  • belly casts
  • henna tattoos for pregnancy
  • creating birth plans
  • writing birth affirmations

Intake Process:

Registration available on the website, or by calling Young Women's Resource Center.

Hours:

Wednesdays – 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


The program is based upon the 3 R’s national campaign through Advocates for Youth which states that teens have the Right to accurate and comprehensive sexuality information, teens deserve Respect from adults and the community, and that the community has the Responsibility to provide youth with the tools they need to be safe and with these tools, youth are able to make Responsible decisions.

R3 members are trained as peer educators and role models. The members provide education to middle school and high school groups on healthy relationships and decision making skills through activities, games and skits. The education is age appropriate, comprehensive and science based.

Services:

R3 is a youth activist group that provides peer education on pregnancy prevention, STI’s (sexually transmitted infections), HIV and healthy relationships.

Eligibility:

Youth activists range in age between 15 to 19 years old and attend area high schools.

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am–5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


YWRC has joined with a national organization Darkness to Light to provide Stewards of Children, a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults and encourages them to be more courageous about speaking out and acting responsibly to stop child sexual abuse. This training is for any organization that works closely with children and youth. Certified staff is available to facilitate this training to the greater Central Iowa Community.

Are you seeking training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse? Wanting to make a difference in your community by educating adults about the protection of children?

Please call the Center at (515) 244-4901.

Services:

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am–5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


These groups are for persons who have experienced sexual abuse and/or dating violence. Groups are in collaboration with Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services (PCCAS). During the academic year groups meet weekly at area schools. The groups are support-based and young women are educated on effective coping skills, healthy relationships and victimization.

Services:

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am–5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Young Moms

A young mother may not have all the support and information she needs to nurture her baby and herself. The Young Mom’s program is based on the belief that we can share and learn from each other. Parenting education, support, resource and referral services are provided to pregnant and parenting young women, the program assists in minimizing the obstacles that arise in daily life. The Young Mom’s curriculum provides education in the core elements of parenting such as:

•Child Guidance
•Parental Expectations
•Empathy/Awareness of Child’s Needs
•Family Management
•Parent-Child Role Reversal
•Increasing Child Independence
•Child Health & Nutrition
•Keeping Education in Your Sight (KEY’S)
•Heart to Heart
Educational information is delivered in a group setting that emphasizes peer support. By sharing challenges and experiences, young mothers are encouraged to make enlightened choices to foster life skills and independence. In adhering to the mission of the Young Women's Resource Center, advocacy skills are of the utmost importance when educating young women.

Services:

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am–5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Problem Solving groups are designed to inform, educate and provide peer support. These groups meet in local elementary and middle schools during one class period weekly for 6-8 weeks. Using the Girls Circle Curriculum, topics discussed include: body image, self-esteem, relationships (friends, family, dating) and reproductive health. Problem Solving is one way the Center works with the school to attend to the critical emotional, social and behavioral needs of young women to help them succeed in and out of the classroom. Girls may filter into ongoing Problem Solving groups after school at the Center.

Services:

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am–5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-12:00pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website