The Belize YWCA was founded in 1956 and is a member of the Global YWCA – a worldwide Christian organization. Its members are committed to building fellowship and working to provide opportunities for the mental, physical, social and spiritual development of all, with a special emphasis on the empowerment of women and youth.
The Belize YWCA serves the Belizean community with programs designed to respond to the identified needs of the community such as illiteracy, education, HIV/AIDS prevention education, poverty reduction, and employable skills training.
Currently the Belize YWCA has programs that serve several thousand individuals directly – from infants to seniors. The four main goals of the Association include: Education-to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve social and economic stability and development for women and girls; Health-to promote wellness among women and girls psychologically, physically, and spiritually; Institution/Organization: to build the capacity of the institution to provide quality service; and Justice: to promote human rights (equality) for women and girls. Irrespective of religious, social, political cultural or racial differences, the Belize YWCA is committed to being a significant contributor to addressing the needs of Belizeans.