We want to empower young women to live healthy lives filled with positive options and upward mobility... but we can't do it alone.

More than 7,600 girls in grades 7-12 drop out of school in Missouri and Kansas. Of Kansas City's families in poverty, 62.5% are female-headed, single parent households. Nearly 40% of Kansas City's children in poverty are overweight or obese. The majority of all adult mental health issues begin in adolescent years. How can they learn that there are options out there if we don't show them?

The After School Program

Our program is designed to enrich girls lives in mind, body and spirit. Expert social-workers help both middle-school and high-school girls.

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Meet the Executive Director

Mary Beth Gentry, Executive Director and Founder is committed to enriching these young women's lives and assisting them on their life journey.

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Culinary Academy

Our teaching lab allows students and their families the opportunity to learn important nutritional information

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Team Challenge II: 3.0 GPA Or Better

YWOM girls are challenging each other to achieve higher academic excellence, and they’re well on their way to meeting their goals. They know that doing well in school gives them many options for their future success.

Garden to Table 

YWOM Community Garden

20140409_145455There’s plenty of room to spare so we’re inviting our families and neighbors to sign up for a plot for the summer planting in May. The YWOM Community Garden is located adjacent to  YWOM offices, 2097 N. 81st Street, KCK at Bethel Presbyterian Church.  A special thanks to KC Community Gardens staff, K-State Extension youth garden specialist, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Culinary Academy

20140226_141638YWOM girls are teaching nutrition and serving healthy snacks each month to pre-school students at El Centro’s Children’s Academy. Sessions are led by Erin Laurie, MS, Rd, LS, executive director of Nutra-net, and YWOM volunteer.


Walk Kansas Team: Fearless Flying Pigs

Walk Kansas Team: Fearless Flying Pigs – We Can Achieve The Impossible!

Our Wish List!


Healthy Snacks, Fresh Fruits

Personal Care Products

School Supplies

Badminton sets

Volleyball Nets

Athletic Shoes, socks





AKA Garden PicWe are thrilled that members of Alpha Kappa Alpha have chosen to mentor YWOM girls. AKA sisters are teaching workshops on leadership, college and career success, inner beauty, etiquette and self-esteem. They’re even getting their hands in the dirt to help with our expanded community garden!

 Launch of CREATION Health!

20140409_151418A special thanks to Shawnee Mission Medical Center, our newest corporate sponsor, for sharing its award-winning wellness program, CREATION Health, with YWOM girls and families. Developed by and used worldwide by the Adventist Health System, the nation’s largest, nonprofit, faith-based health care system in the United States, the wellness program focuses on eight universal principles of health: choice, rest, environment, activity, trust, interpersonal relationships, outlook, and nutrition.


Oct. 10: “We Are Wonder Women” at Memorial Hall in KC