WACY has taken its meetings to Zoom during the pandemic months of 2020.

WACY (Women’s Advisory Council for Youth) is a girl-driven volunteer group at Ophelia’s Place. Girls ages 14-18 interested in making a difference in our community are invited to develop their leadership potential, meet other like-minded girls, and show their creativity.

WACY supports the mission of OP through awareness raising, advocacy, and fundraising activities! It’s also a great chance to practice leadership, learn new skills, and get experience working on projects as part of an organization. WACY has developed, presented, and led several community service activities, including:

  • Feminine hygiene product drives
  • A performance called The Training Bra Monologues benefiting local organizations
  • Videos supporting Ophelia’s Place programming and fundraisers
  • And much more

Youth-led and directed, WACY is a great place to make a difference, make friends, and get great volunteer experience!  Recruitment happens during September and October, but girls can join throughout the year. Facilitated by OP staff and interns.

For more information on how to get involved, please call (541) 284-4333 or email info@opheliasplace.net.

2020 Inspiring Women Project

Inspiring Women 2020 is a WACY project created to celebrate some of the smart, caring, creative, and accomplished women of our community. These women inspire us in the ways they show up for the people around them and make our communities stronger. Because of women like this, girls know they can follow their dreams and live lives of meaning and purpose. We at WACY hope this project will inspire everyone to appreciate the women in their lives who make a difference!

Meet Christine Buckson

A former marine, an aunt, and someone with great taste in baked goods.

Meet Maya Reddy

A member of the USA Archery Team and a teen to watch for.

Meet Martina Shabram

Martina Shabram works at Sexual Assault Support Services, is a member of the 4J School District Board, and has had experience in both nonprofit and education fields. Check out her interview.

Meet Ronika Stone

Ronika Stone, is a University of Oregon Volleyball alumna and professional volleyball player.

Meet Sarah Medary

Sarah Medary is the City Manager for the City of Eugene.

Meet Bev Smith

Bev Smith is a former University of Oregon head basketball coach and Oregon student athlete, an Olympian who coached and played for the Canadian National Team, and the executive director of Kidsports in Eugene.

Meet Leilani Sabzalian

Leilani Sabzalian is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education and Co-Director of the Sapsik’wałá Program at the University of Oregon. Check out her interview.

Meet Leah & Rena Dunbar

Leah and Rena Dunbar are educators in Lane County who teach Courageous Conversations – a class that teaches students to have healthy, honest and difficult conversations about race and discrimination.

Meet Lori Tapahonso

Lori Tapahonso is the Native American Student Program Coordinator at Lane Community College where she teaches Native American leadership college courses and produces a summer youth college-readiness program for Native high school students in Oregon. She is also the Lead Longhouse Steward at Lane. Read her interview.