History

Milestones of the YWCA Silicon Valley

2010 The Support Network for Battered Women merges with the YWCA.
2007 TechGYRLS® and MyStrength® programs are launched. The YWCA expands into the Milpitas Sobrato Center for Nonprofits campus.
2006 Social and Racial Justice program is launched.
2005 YWCA celebrates 100 years of service and opens the Rape Crisis Center in partnership with Stanford University.
2004 Six men join the YWCA Board of Directors.
1990s YWCA holds its first Professional Women’s Luncheon with 1,000 people in attendance. We also mount a $3 million capital campaign to open Villa Nueva. This facility provides a child care center, 63 low-income apartments, and houses our administrative offices.
1980s Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) is established, a fundraiser honoring successful Santa Clara County female executives for their outstanding achievements.
1970s YWCA launches classes for children on multi-culturalism and expands programs in East San Jose. YWCA publishes a directory of black-owned businesses in San Jose and expands outreach to Spanish-speaking women, children, and families.
1960s Working with the San Jose Unified School District, YWCA launches the Young Mothers program, the first high school classes for pregnant teens to help them progress toward a high-school diploma.
1940s The Hi-Spot for Teens opens in our basement and becomes a wildly popular hangout and a model for youth-leadership programs. The YWCA introduces programs to address the needs of young women and mothers who had become isolated in the growing suburbs.
1930s YWCA expands services for working women, including vocational counseling, clubs and the Business Girls League. The organization also champions wage and hour protections for women.
1920s YWCA participates in the founding of Community Chest, forerunner to United Way. YWCA also establishes a lunchtime lounge for women workers in the canneries, who previously had to eat in empty boxcars.
1918 After the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote,  the YWCA offers classes in democracy and the responsibilities of citizenship.
1914 YWCA opens its first community center for women in Santa Clara Valley.
1905 Headquarters and women’s residence opens in San Jose.