A Decade of Young Women on the Move, 2005-2015

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Young Women on the Move’s Mission

Unleashing the power of girls to create a more vibrant, healthy and peaceful world.


• We believe in the worth and potential of every girl.
• We believe girls are invaluable assets to our community and it is our responsibility to ensure they have opportunities to succeed.
• We believe in the power of a relationship with a caring adult to help girls develop positive self-identity, resiliency, and the ability to hope and plan for a brighter future.

The Current Reality
• In Kansas City and across the country, women are the sole wage earners in 40% of households.
• In 2012, 62.5% of Wyandotte County’s families in poverty were female-headed, single-parent households.
• Girls are the fastest-growing population in the justice system. A federal study found that girls and women with histories of childhood abuse or neglect were 73% more likely to be incarcerated.
• Wyandotte County’s teen pregnancy rate is 4 times the national average.
• The Crimes Against Children Research Center found that 1 in 5 girls will be the victim of childhood sexual abuse. In addition, 40% of rape survivors are assaulted before the age of 18.
• Wyandotte County is ranked 96th out of 98 Kansas counties for health behaviors and outcomes.
• For the first time in America’s history, adolescents are expected to have a shorter life span than their parents due to diet and lifestyle.

Our What
• Young Women on the Move partners with the Kansas City, KS Public Schools to deliver character, healthy life skills, and mentoring programs to girls in 8 middle schools and 5 high schools.
• We deliver weekly programs to an average of 100 girls each week.
• Our character and life skills curriculum focuses on 8 areas of wellness: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, academic, career, social relationships, and finance.
• Participation in Young Women on the Move is voluntary. Girls who commit to membership agree to follow a girl-written code of conduct and to participate in individual and group life coaching.
• We use evidence-based practices that include strength-based youth development and cognitive behavioral theory, and we follow national guidelines for adolescent health and mentoring.

Our Long-Term Goals: Instill Resiliency, Self-Efficacy, Good Character
• Reverse the growing feminization of poverty in Greater Kansas City.
• Make Wyandotte County a healthier place to live.
• Develop responsible, caring leaders through community service and civic engagement for the common good.

Our Short-Term Goals
• Enable girls to discover personal worth, strengths, and God-given purpose.
• Ensure 100% of our members graduate from high school and go on to college or a career.
• Help girls develop emotional intelligence, curiosity for learning, critical thinking, and life skills for the 21st century.
• Teach girls how to keep their bodies healthy.
• Teach girls the power of generosity through volunteer service and advocacy.

Our 10-Year Outcomes Worthy of Celebration
• 95% of members have graduated high school.
• The majority of our graduates have pursued college and are employed.
• Less than 10% of members have become pregnant.
• 75% of high school members serve as trained peer mentors to groups of middle school girls.
• Kansas City, KS Public Schools has endorsed Young Women on the Move as its primary mentoring program for adolescent girls.
• Members who attend Young Women on the Move 1 year or more show significant reduction in school disciplinary behaviors.
• Members who attend Young Women on the Move one year or more show significant improvement in communication skills, school success, school connectedness, personal accountability and responsibility, self-esteem, and resiliency.
• We have referred many girls for additional counseling to overcome post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, and suicidal thoughts.

Second Annual International Day of the Girl
• This second annual Girls’ Summit was held Oct. 8, 2015, at Kansas City Kansas Community College. 250 girls participated in workshops to learn how to reduce anxiety, be wise and safe on social media, discover their self-worth, and replace negative beliefs with powerful, affirming beliefs.
• Girls heard from dynamic women leaders, including former Mayor Carol Marinovich and Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent of Kansas City, KS Public Schools.
• Girls learned to be change agents for a healthier world while assembling 300 birthing kits for use in areas of the world that have limited options for safe and sanitary births.

Will you join us in this mission?