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Generation YW Program

Since 1996, the Generation YW Program has provided evidence-based prevention services for 11-17 year old youth that focus on improving a young person’s overall physical, intellectual, social and emotional well-being. We aim to interrupt the onset or progression of substance abuse, as well as implement the early detection of other problem behaviors that could be detrimental in the future of our youth.   


Curriculum-Based Education/Skills Training Groups for Middle School Girls

In supporting the mission of the YWCA, Generation YW Program targets predominately females, many of whom are referred by school counselors and parent support specialists at their respective middle schools in the Austin Independent School District (AISD), as well as those referred by local juvenile, precinct and municipal courts.  The evidence-based girls’ in-school program is provided at three middle school campuses upon invitation by Communities in Schools or school personnel to implement programming to meet student needs that were not being addressed due to limited resources. In 2013, having recognized the program’s benefit to girls, one school requested program implementation for their middle school boys that identified with problem behaviors which placed them at risk for substance use. Generation YW staff responded by initiating groups to meet this identified need.   

Curriculum-based Education/Skills Training Groups for Juvenile Court Youth

While the Generation YW Program primarily works with girls, referrals are accepted year-round from Travis County Juvenile Court and Municipal Courts for boys and girls, ages 11-17, who are experiencing early signs of substance use or other problem behaviors that put them at risk for use or abuse.   A 10-week evidence-based training curriculum is utilized to address decision-making, substance use, sexual health and related issues.   A safe atmosphere is provided where youth are given the opportunity to reflect on negative choices and consequences and where they can practice new skills for creating positive change in their lives.

YWCA Greater Austin   2015 South IH 35, Suite 110   Austin, TX 78741
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