Aspiring Girls: Be Bold, Be Strong, Be Brave….Be YOU!

Beginning November 2012, we are launching a
whole new initiative at the YWCA – just for girls!

Aspiring Girls will encompass a full roster of exciting programming encouraging girls to be brave, to be smart and to be bold. Each program is designed to encourage girls to take risks, to challenge them to think and to empower them to believe that they can reach their dreams no matter the obstacles that they may face.

Brave Girls is a Career Exploration Program designed for girls in grades 2-5 is a unique, hands-on-career exploration program. The program gives girls the opportunity to meet with women who are defying gender stereotypes and challenging ideas of what a girl or woman “should” do or be. Brave Girls brings girls together with role models to learn how women paramedics, architects, firefighters, photographers and other daring women chose to do what they do, where they find support and how they’ve found the courage to follow their dreams. Read More

Be Bold is an empowerment group for girls in 5th and 6th grades. This group runs once a week for 8 weeks and helps to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The group will serve as a safe and respectful place for participants to learn to celebrate themselves by building self esteem and improving their emotional and physical health. Each session will be led by young women who will guide and mentor the girls through a fun and thought-provoking curriculum. Read More

A Girls’ Point of View Book Club is a book club for middle school aged girls. Modeled after a curriculum developed by Mainely Girls, this group focuses on reading books featuring strong, complex female characters. The Clubs provide a forum where girls can explore what’s on their minds; where they can speak openly and honestly and have their confidences valued. At the middle school level, the Club offers support to girls as they enter this challenging time, providing a community where girls can attempt to make sense of the confusing message of early adolescence and self. Read More