Our advocacy work is inspired by the elegance and urgency of our mission, to eliminate racism and empower women. The YWCA advocates for racial and gender equity through events and programming, as well as employing our voice as a community institution to champion social justice causes. Read more about our mission here.
The YWCA Central Maine offers programs for children 2 ½ - 12 years of age, including an all-day preschool and pre-kindergarten at our Gendron Early Learning Center, after school programming, and vacation care for school age children. We believe that our mission to eliminate racism and empower women while promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all starts from the beginning of education and are proud to offer quality, affordable childcare to our community.
The YWCA Central Maine has the only regulation-size fully accessible public pool in the Lewiston-Auburn area. We provide a diverse array of classes, teams, open swims, and therapeutic and culturally appropriate swim opportunities. The YWCA Central Maine also partners with community organizations to support affordable swim lessons for youth in Lewiston-Auburn. The YWCA pool is more than aquatics, it is a community center.
The YWCA Central Maine seeks to end all forms of oppression and discrimination in our community through education, advocacy, and direct action. We offer several signature events, ongoing programming, and enrichment classes that emphasize community building through youth and adult empowerment, prioritizing the voices of women and girls of color, and supporting inter-cultural exchange and solidarity.