History

In 1919, Mary Glenn Jackson, wife of Dr. James M. Jackson, founder of Jackson Memorial Hospital, led a small group of women to start YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc. With only $2,000, Mrs. Jackson and the women believed in the strength of women and their innate ability to impact the lives of their family
and community. They believed convening and collaborating together gave women a more
powerful voice.

YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc. has been at the forefront of changing the lives of women in Miami by disrupting systems of social injustices by:

  • Building the resilience of young people through enrichment programs that provide academic support, leadership development and skill building to navigate a 21st century environment.
  • Delivering access to high quality early education (preschools) to ensure children of color enter school at or above the level of their peers.
  • Empowering women and their families through economic security, entrepreneurship, and college and career readiness programs.
  • Mobilize young women to action in support of the YW movement through volunteerism, fundraising, and activities that foster personal and professional development.
  • Providing breast and cervical cancer screenings to mitigate the prevalence and disproportionally high fatality rate of women of color from these cancers.