YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley | Programs & Services

Youth Programs

YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley serves youth year-round with programs at the YWCA's Phyllis Wheatley Center in East Knoxville and in area schools and community centers throughout the Tennessee Valley.

Phyllis Wheatley Center

A trusted East Knoxville community center since 1920, the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center is home to programs involving education, health, and the community. Youth programs at the Phyllis Wheatley Center include After School Enrichment Program, Summer Kids in Play Program, 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.

Youth Support Group

Youth Support Group 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.