Youth Programs

The YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley serves youth year-round with programs at the YWCA’s Phyllis Wheatley Center and in the community.

Phyllis Wheatley Center

A trusted East Knoxville community center since 1954, the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center (PWC) is home to programs involving education, health, and the community.  Youth programs at PWC include After School Enrichment Program, Summer Kids in Play, Reach Program, and the Reducing Chronic Absenteeism (ReCAB) Program.  Click here to learn more about the Phyllis Wheatley Center and these life-changing programs.


GameChangers is the only gender-based violence prevention program for middle-school boys in East Tennessee and, through evaluation, will become the only evidence-based program in the United States focused on these topics.  Click here to learn more about this innovative program, and to learn how you can become involved.

Supporting Youth Experiencing Trauma (SYET) Program

Supporting Youth Experiencing Trauma is an evidence-based program for middle and high school students who have experienced trauma. SYET offers a 10 week support group for students in schools and after school settings. The program provides each student with a coping skills toolkit. The coping skills learned can be used in any setting and enable students to navigate feelings of stress, anxiety, agitation, etc. By program end, students should be experiencing fewer symptoms of trauma and have gained support from family through parent education.