The philanthropic arm of the Young Women’s Alliance (YWA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to encourage and support the next generation of female leaders. Over the years, YWAF has provided more than $200,000 through our scholarships to help over 70 young women in Austin pay for college—many the first female in their family to attend. In addition to scholarships, YWAF provides a professional mentor program, YWA Connect, which facilitates professional and personal development for Austin’s young women through a partnership with our community and industry leaders. Additionally, YWAF provides mentoring to the girls in our community through Power Chats and our yearly grant to the Girl’s Empowerment Network (GEN).
Austin Sunshine Camps
The Young Men’s Business League of Austin (YMBL) operates the Austin Sunshine Camps. Founded in 1928, the Austin Sunshine Camp (ASC) is the major philanthropic endeavor of the Young Men’s Business League of Austin. ASC serves more than 800 low-income, high potential children every summer, and its Sunshine After school (begun in fall 2015) serves middle school students attending Fulmore and Martin middle schools in Austin ISD. The program brings 55 students to “camp” 5 days a week after school, on teacher in-service days and during spring break. Sunshine After school engages youth in STEM, life skills and outdoor education to prepare them for the challenges of high school and beyond.