Youth Guidance – WOW

Launched 2020


School-based, mental health support for young women

The Youth Guidance Working on Womanhood (WOW)  program provides highly engaging school-based counseling and mentoring to promote social-emotional and mental health strong school engagement, and increased academic attainment for young women in Grades 6-12. WOW counselors work full-time in schools, delivering clinically-based individual and group services to students.

WOW and its companion program for young men – Becoming a Man (BAM) – were selected as GreenLight Kansas City’s first investment based on their proven ability to improve outcomes for young men and women of color through culturally-competent programming. External research has shown that WOW participants experience 73% fewer PTSD symptoms and 70% fewer depression symptoms.

BAM and WOW currently serve students in the Hickman-Mills (MO), Kansas City (KS), and Center (MO) School Districts and by 2025, will serve 1,000+ students annually. 

Launching Opportunity: Youth Guidance Kansas City

WOW’s Impact in Kansas City


students reached through BAM and WOW during the 2022-23 school year


of WOW participants who tested in the clinical range for depression improved their symptoms (2022-23)

In Kansas City

students are participating in Becoming a Man (BAM) and Working on Womanhood (WOW) in Kansas City this year

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