YWCA La Crosse

Advocacy and Mentoring

YWCA La Crosse values early intervention. Programs serve at-risk youth and teens who may not have the resources and support for a stable and successful life. All programs focus on different populations and outcomes but work to empower young people to meet their full potential. 

YWCA La Crosse Youth Services programs are designed to reach at-risk youth that may not have the resources necessary for a stable and successful life. These young people may be dealing with challenges at home, resulting in poor behavior choices. They may believe that they do not have the skills or ability to succeed, thus giving up on success early on. Our programs are connect each individual with resources (life skills, education) and social support (positive role modeling) that will bring them into a more stable and confident adulthood. During the course of our programs, youth begin to understand their true potential and become more independent and self-empowered. YWCA La Crosse Teen Services programs include BridgesTeen LEAD and Truancy Intervention.

For more informaiton, contact Teen Services Director Tracie Stinson at (608) 781-2783, ext. 231 or email tstinson@ywcalax.org

CASA for Kids was created in 1977 by a judge who needed more information about the lives of abused and neglected children before he could make important decisions regarding their futures. His solution was to use trained volunteers to track the progress of children in the court system and report back regularly to the judge. Today CASA Programs are in all 50 states of the United States and in the Virgin Islands. The program was established locally in 1999 in La Crosse County and has since grown to also serve children in Vernon and Monroe counties.

For more information please contact Jessie Fortuna, CASA for Kids Program Director, at (608) 781-2783, ext.224 or e-mail jfortuna@ywcalax.org.