Each YWCA across Aotearoa New Zealand is committed to four key strategic areas for which we are accountable to young women, volunteers, local member associations, their communities and our key stakeholders.
These strategic priorities focus our collective efforts to achieve a common purpose of developing the leadership and collective power of women, young women and girls. They are underpinned by an overarching commitment to the World YWCA movement.
- Young Women’s Leadership focuses on developing the skills and capacity of young women to shape their own lives and influence the lives of others, through small changes close to home and in the wider community.
- Young Women’s Safe Spaces focuses on creating, supporting and promoting young women to develop the confidence to secure and sustain their emotional, spiritual, physical, mental, cultural wellbeing in physical and virtual spaces.
- Young Women’s Sexuality and Health focuses on creating, supporting and promoting young women to develop the confidence to demonstrate positive choices in relation to sexuality and health.
- Young Women’s Economic Independence focuses on creating, supporting and promoting the skills and confidence for young women to establish, retain and build (make, keep and grow) economic self-reliance. Economic empowerment through the YWCA is about informing and supporting women through financial, economical and legal literacy. This is an emerging area for the YWCA in New Zealand and is supported through scholarships (Outward Bound), micro-financing (Angel Fund), loans, grants (Maori Womens’ Transfer Fund), financial literacy (Money Week).