YEWAS: Young Empowered Wombmyn Achieving Self
YEWAS is a Rites of Passage program for girls ages 7‐18. It is based on African cultural practices of marking young people’s entry into adulthood by providing them with the skills, knowledge, and experiences they need to be successful, responsible and independent adults. The emphasis of the program is cultural awareness, self‐development, spirituality, self‐esteem, academic success, women’s health and empowering girls and teens with other tools to achieve a strong sense of self and wise decision‐making skills.
YEWAS is a collaboration of Sacred Grove Traditions, Earth Mama Healing, Inc., and Sisters of Tomorrow a collective of committed mothers and elders of African descent throughout the Bay Area in partnership to empower and enrich the lives of the youth of African Descent.
Purpose: to help adolescent girls and teens of African descent make a successful transition to womanhood, to develop a strong sense of self, (Sisterhood) positive relationships with other girls and adult mentors/ role models and learn wise decision-making skills. This is done through: peer group sessions focusing on goal setting, self-care and life skills, cultural awareness, encouraging positive relationships and conflict resolution, building self-esteem, artistic and creative expression, developing spirituality, academic achievement, financial wellness/ entrepreneurship and providing mentors as positive role models.
Mission: to help adolescent girls and teens of African descent have a healthy start in life and to transition holistically into womanhood/ adulthood through Rites of Passage or education and self-affirming rituals surrounding their growth and development.
Adolescence is a difficult time for everyone. Black and brown girls struggle with self-identify insecurities, social and peer pressures, and often feel isolated with their feelings and emotions because they are unique and they have not found unconditional support acceptance amongst their peers. YEWAS offers a culturally sensitive environment for sisterhood, knowledge of self & mentorship to happen naturally.
YEWAS meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 12 pm-3 pm.