Young Asian Women Against Violence (YAWAV)

Young Asian Women Against Violence (YAWAV)

YAWAV is a 9-month youth leadership program dedicated to the positive empowerment and development of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) high school aged young women in San Francisco. YAWAV youth leaders learn about the root causes and impacts of violence in AAPI communities. Our goals are to strengthen the resilience, knowledge, and skills of youth leaders so that we can educate our communities.

Participants in YAWAV receive training in leadership, facilitation, self-awareness, and community organizing to help strengthen and end violence against all women and girls. YAWAV is led by youth leaders who strive to advocate for equality and social justice for all women and girls.

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Each year, YAWAV strives to provide workshops for 550 San Francisco youth and community members. YAWAV facilitates the following topics, and are open to adjusting lesson plans in response to your community’s needs:

  • Dating/Intimate Partner Violence
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Body Image & Self-Esteem
  • Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships
  • Gender & Sexuality

Workshops can range from 60 to 90 minutes long, depending on what the community representative requests. Community workshops are free and may be scheduled year-round. Workshops may or may not be led by youth depending on their availability. Non-youth led workshops are run by YAWAV staff.