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Help us build power within the queer youth community!

Hey y’all! As we move into the cozy winter months and we share food, community, and give gifts to our loved ones, I ask you think about Youth OUTright! We’re out here cultivating confidence, resilience, and compassion in the youth community and support young queer and trans leaders make the change they want for the world!

My Sistah Taught Me That – the girl’s developmental program in Asheville

My Sistah Taught Me That (MSTMT) is a young girl’s developmental program designed to encourage, inspire, educate, and empower young girls ages 11-19 with a special focus on girls growing up in single parent homes without their father.  This program was created so young ladies in Buncombe County and surrounding areas in Western North Carolina may have the chance to be exposed to professional leaders in our community who are dedicated to providing opportunities, open dialogue, and exposure to things they wouldn’t routinely do, with the intent of helping them grow and mature.  276 EAST CHESTNUT STREET      ASHEVILLE, NC, 28801     (828) 335-1218     CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Bounty & Soul – creating a health and wellness movement

Bounty & Soul is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a health and wellness movement in underserved communities in Buncombe and McDowell Counties. Our fresh, free food markets provide healthy, fresh produce and whole grains along with nutrition education and health and wellness resources for children, families, individuals, and seniors who struggle with food insecurity and poor health. We offer our services at five weekly markets.

**Mother Grove Goddess Temple – celebrating the Divine Feminine

It says everything about Asheville that the chapel and offices of the Goddess temple are across the street from the First Baptist Church.

Mother Grove Temple was established in 2008. We have a full schedule of programs including public rituals for the ancient holy days (and Earth Day), religious education for adults and children, Full Moon ceremonies, Sunday morning meditation time, and rites of passage by appointment.

My Daddy Taught Me That – a youth development program

A youth development program designed to support young men through advocacy, education, and mentoring.

Discover the inspiration behind MDTMT, from how the organization was founded to its future plans to expand services to reach young men in Western NC. 

Apply for your child or student to join our Men’s Development Program, where we mentor young men in our community and participate in educational advocacy.

Are you ready to take a stand and support male youth in our area? Find out how you can make a difference in a young person’s life.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of WNC

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America originated in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1904. Irving Westheimer, a young businessman noticed a boy foraging for his dinner in a garbage can and thought it would be possible to help him and others like him by spending time together in a one to one mentoring relationship.  There are currently over 400 Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in the United States.  The program began in Buncombe County in 1982, adding Henderson County in 1989, and expanding to serve eight Western North Carolina counties by 2009.  In 2008-09, more than 700 children were enrolled in the program, and the Board of Directors has set a goal to serve over 1000 children by 2011.   For more information see our Website

Women’s Groups and Programs

National Organization for Women (NOW)

National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Since its founding in 1966, NOW’s goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society. Check us out on Facebook and “Like” Asheville NOW.



Womansong New Start Program

Candidates for an NSP grant are referred to us by local social service agencies. This one-time grant is available for the amount of need up to $500.00. Grant requests are as diverse as the women receiving them. To date, monies have been used to purchase bus tickets for a family escaping domestic violence, for rent or utility deposits or for certification exam fees. Grants provide needed support on an individual’s path toward greater self-sufficiency. Womansong also sponsors the Womansong New Start Scholarship at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville.



The Women for Women giving circle brings women together in an engaging and meaningful way. By combining financial resources and working with others, Women for Women makes high-impact grants to improve the lives of women and girls in our region. Since January 2005, Women for Women has given more than a $1.2 million dollars to programs helping women and girls in our region.

The mission of Women for Women is to increase awareness and address the needs of women and girls in Western North Carolina by promoting women’s philanthropy, empowering women to take action, creating result, and inspiring hope and possibility for women.  Community Foundation Initiative – Women for Women


YWCA of Asheville: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

The YWCA believes in social change. We believe in the empowerment of women, children, and minorities. We believe in a world with diverse peoples living together in peace.

Our mission is to transform that vision into reality – by offering enrichment opportunities for people of all ages and incomes, from child care and tutoring to experiential learning and conflict resolution skills. You can help us meet our mission by making a contribution, becoming a member, or volunteering. 185 S. French Broad Ave.

Asheville, NC 28801     828-254-7206 WNC Region

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