our mission

to empower young women to lead healthy lives filled with positive options

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OUR STORY

 

Young Women on the Move was founded in 2005 to teach middle school and high school girls the attitudes, behaviors, and skills necessary to lead a healthy life in every aspect. Its name symbolizes girls moving toward the future with healthy minds, bodies, and spirits that are focused on life’s possibilities.

We deliver a holistic approach to health—mind, body, spirit—to middle school and high school girls in Kansas City, KS. Girls in the urban core often face extreme environmental stressors and low expectations for achieving their potential. YWOM instills a foundation of moral values, character, and an affirming self-belief system with individualized support, counseling, mentoring, team building, goal setting, and accountability. Girls learn to enhance their decision making and problem solving skills, physical and mental health, social and communication skills, and academic and career preparation.

 

YWOM serves six Kansas City, KS USD 500 schools:

  • Argentine Middle
  • Central Middle
  • Northwest Middle
  • F.L. Schlagle High School
  • J.C. Harmon High School
  • Wyandotte High School

Today, YWOM enjoys the school district’s full endorsement as its mentoring program for girls. Trained social workers and volunteers provide counseling and lead the YOUNG WOMEN ON THE MOVE program in weekly one-hour sessions at the high schools and in three-hour, after school sessions on Wednesdays for both middle school and high school groups. The programs are organized to promote healthy development in mind, body and spirit.


We believe these girls are invaluable to our community

and it is our responsibility to ensure they have the opportunity to succeed


 
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Our BOARD

Our dedicated Board of Directors has grown over the years, and we're proud of their commitment to empowering the young women in the Kansas City area, and helping spread our message throughout our community.

 
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MARY BETH GENTRY

FOUNDER AND CEO

 
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KAREN DUFF

PRESIDENT

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barbara clark-evans

VICE PRESIDENT

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SERENE THOMAS

CHAIR, BUILDING RENOVATION

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SUZZANNE LANAMAN

TREASURER

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WHITNEY ANTWINE

CHAIR, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

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JENNIFER JOHNSON

IMMEDIATE PAST TREASURER

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HOLLY PEREZ

CHAIR, PROGRAMS & EDUCATION

 

HELP US BUILD UP OUR COMMUNITY BY EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN TO BE OUR LEADERS OF TOMORROW