About YWCA Metropolitan Chicago: Since its founding 140 years ago, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago has been committed to serving the needs of women and girls. The YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women is actualized through a large breadth of programs and services. Regardless of race or economic status, the YWCA provides women with the support and tools they need to transform their lives, to be confident in their choices and to make valuable contributions to their communities. The YWCA’s Core programmatic areas include: Economic Empowerment Services, Sexual Violence Support Services, and Early Childhood Services. The YWCA serves over 200,000 women, children and families annually through these programs. And while the YWCA’s services are broad and varied, they are linked by a common thread—a dedication to promoting racial justice and personal empowerment.