YWCA of the U.S.A. documents concerning its membership, use of name, outreach to industrial employed women, program, purpose and registered associations. Membership study reports examine policy and practice including dues, fee structures and communication. Additional documents concerning membership include policy proposals, discussion guides for use in local associations, handbooks and articles. Registered YWCA's are a way for teens, young adults or other groups to organize a club in a community that is unable to support a full association. Registered clubs must meet basic guidelines in order to participate in the national organization and receive the benefits of that association. Registered club handbooks establish the standards and relationship to the national organization. Sample letters to registered clubs include welcome letters to new leaders and letters concerning centennial celebrations. To reach industrial employed women a consultation on "occupational inclusion" is held. Consultation notes define the problem and suggest next steps for further program development. Notes Additional materials include a statement on the use of the YWCA and Y-Teen name and symbols, program and purpose statements and a statement of the role of the YWCA of the U.S.A. as an organization with a Christian purpose.
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YWCA, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 251