What We Do

From girl to butterfly - one of many transformations at City Camp

From girl to butterfly - one of many transformations at City Camp

Our Mission And Vision

YWCA Lowell is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

How we help

For 125 Years, YWCA Lowell has supported the health and safety of women, Children and Families in Lowell.

During our early history, we provided housing and other services to the mill girls. Today we work with Lowell's most vulnerable youth and young adults to build confidence, life management skills, and future leaders who will continue to stand for social justice.


Our programs:

I LOVE coming to the YWCA. I wish I could stay here all the time. I want to work here when I grow up . . .
— City Camp Participant

Getting an early start on marketing and financial literacy

Getting an early start on marketing and financial literacy

  • Focus primarily on at-risk children and young adults, two underserved populations in our city.
  • Work with youth and young adults in small groups and one-on-one.
  • Use peer leadership to help build confidence and learn to advocate for the well-being of self and the larger community.
  • Prepare young people for healthy adult lives in potentially vulnerable areas - physical health, financial literacy, relationship-building, and readiness for work.
  • Empower girls and young women through both gender-specific programs, as well as those that involve boys and young men, to enable healthy and productive experiences in both settings.

 YWCA Lowell is a designated 501(c)(3) organization.

ywca Usa, a National Connection


YWCA began as the Ladies Christian Society in New York City in 1858, and opened its first boarding house for female students, teachers and factory workers in 1860.  

The name YWCA took hold in Boston in 1866, and spread throughout the country as a way to provide support for women's health care, employment, travel and more. By the early 1930s, the  YWCA was an outspoken advocate for birth control and civil rights, a stance firmly adhered to over the decades, from the first desegregated dining hall at the Atlanta YWCA in 1960 to a widely-followed annual Stand Against Racism campaign that began in 2007.

Today more than 2 million people participate in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 sites across the United States.  To learn more, visit YWCA USA.  And to get a peek at some real YWCA history, take a look at these photos: