The YWCA offers both
a Girls Center for inner-city girls from Lawrence as
well as off-site programs for girls in surrounding communities.
Off-site programs can be offered in collaboration with
other community organizations or schools are each tailored
to the needs of local girls.
Gender-specific programs for girls are
designed to help girls 6 to 17 experience success and
build the confidence, skills and motivation necessary
to make healthy choices in adolescence and in later
YWCA Girls Programs are designed for
learning, exploration, and celebration — to help
girls build the physical, social and academic skills
necessary for success. Girls enroll in age-appropriate
after school, summer, and evening programs throughout
Opportunities to learn a physical skill, play sports
and be a part of a team build a lifetime commitment
to physical fitness as well as both the competitive
and cooperative skills so important to teamwork. The
YWCA offers swimming lessons, recreational swimming,
sports, karate, swimming and Double Dutch. The program
is inclusive, helping girls at all levels of ability
acquires skill and confidence.
and City Camp
The YWCA encourages girls of all ages to explore their
interests, to try new activities and to strengthen their
creative abilities as well as their academic performance.
The Girls Center’s regular after school program
offers art, dance, music, dramatic play and public speaking
activities. The YWCA also runs special enrichment programs
throughout the year such as "Girl Power" and
“Girls Zone” conferences dedicated to the
needs of older girls. City Camp, the Girls Center summer
program, allows girls to explore the City and surrounding
communities through trips to museums, natural environments
and recreational parks.
Girls Center participants are often joined by their
families to celebrate accomplishment, explore new skills
or enjoy recreational activities at the YWCA. Mother
/ Daughter Nights create lasting memories and trust
between mothers and their adolescent daughters at a
time when many girls take on risky behaviors. The YWCA
celebrates Girl of the Month and Year, hosts an annual
Talent Show and engages Girls Center families in the
YWCA’s National Week Without Violence.
The YWCA’s TechGirls Program is offered periodically
to introduce girls to computer software and hardware
in an intensive program designed to build girls’
technology literacy, competency and confidence. Throughout
the year, other gender specific girls programs are offered
through the Youth Technology Programs.
& Esteem-Building Programs
Activities to help girls avoid dangerous or unhealthy
behaviors and become role models for others are integrated
into all Girls Center programs. Girls receive anti-violence
training and participate in pregnancy and substance
abuse prevention lessons.