Youth Empowerment Program
Empowering youth to choose wisely, to build healthy relationships, and to find their voices creates a foundation for youth to succeed in school, in their future careers, and in relationships, and to thrive into adulthood.
YW3CA’s Youth Empowerment Program works with youth—and their families—to help them make the healthy choices that will follow them throughout their lives. What began as simple nutrition and fitness education for girls, Youth Empowerment Program has grown to include enrichment, leadership, and empowerment for girls, interactive cooking classes for families, and fitness for preschool children.
Healthy Choices for Girls
A vital component of YWCA Tri-County Area’s mission is the empowerment of girls. Healthy Choices provides mentoring and leadership activities for adolescent girls who are coming of age, discovering their self-identities, challenging parents and teachers, and forging new relationships. Healthy Choices guides girls in learning leadership skills, establishing health and wellness habits, and building relationships with peers and adults. Healthy Choices for Girls has a demonstrated positive impact on the lives of 400 girls each year, helping them build the confidence, self-esteem, and well-being to achieve in peer, family and school relationships, in academics, and in future educational and career pursuits.
Great Girls Today
A program for 4th-6th grade girls packed full of all things GIRL.
Fitting in, Managing Stress and Frustration, Relationships, Body Image, Staying Healthy, Getting and Staying fit, Working out with friends, Planning for the future today, Prizes, Crafts, and MORE! Dress comfortably & wear sneakers! Sessions include FUN fitness!
Registered GGT participants are also able to join us at YW3CA for Career Exploration on the following Wednesdays: 10/23, 11/20, 12/18, 1/22, 2/19, 3/25, 4/22, 5/27
Wednesday nights from 6—8pm
10/9, 11/13, 12/11, 1/8, 2/5, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13
YWCA Tri-County Area
300 King St, Pottstown PA 19464
*New this year! Girl-led fundraising opportunities will offset program costs.
Girls in Charge
7th and 8th grade girls
Yoga! Zumba! Prizes! Snacks! Crafts! Laughter! Fun! Friends
Program filled with all things healthy GIRL! If relationships, body image, making healthy choices, cooking, getting fit, fitting in, managing stress and frustration, and planning for your future interest you, we want to hear what you have to say!
- Pottstown Middle School—Mondays, Afterschool (Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 9 & 16)
- Pottsgrove Middle School—Mondays, 7th & 8th grade lunches & 9th Period (Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16)
Girls Take the Lead
A program for 9th – 12th grade girls designed by you, for you. As a group, you will guide the topics, plan a community event, and you will LEAD the way to something magnificent while engaging in a meaningful leadership, health and nutrition and character development journey together! What’s not to love?
This programming takes place at specific school locations. Students MUST attend the school listed to participate in the program.
Dates are still being planned; however, we anticipate serving girls in the following school districts either during the day or afterschool.
Boyertown High School, Norristown High School, Owen J. Roberts High School, Pottstown High School, Pottsgrove High School
4th through 9th grade girls
Career exploration will include field trips to local businesses, visits by community members to talk about their careers and the education and training required to succeed in their fields! Girls will learn all about new and different career opportunities available!
Wednesday Nights 6-8pm
10/23, 11/20, 12/18, 1/22, 2/19, 3/25, 4/22, 5/27
YW3CA & Community Partner Locations
YW C.H.A.M.P.S. consists of weekly nutrition education, stress reduction techniques, mindfulness and physical education programming.
The goal of this program series is to icnrease preschooler’s knowledge and attitudes about healthy eating and movement. Each weekly session consists of 30 minutes of physical activity and 15 minutes of nutrition education.
YWCA Tri-County Area is partnered with United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey to help facilitate their signature program: Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow (GTLT).
GTLT is a program that was introduced by Women United over 10 years ago. Since its’ inception, GTLT has empowered and supported over 450 youth. Women’s United signature program GTLT helps guide young girls in low-performing schools that are exhibiting at-risk behaviors. The goal of this program is to guide these young women back on track to high school graduation. The program leads these girls even farther.
C2 Camp is comprised of multiple local youth service providers and is lead by Tri-County Community Network. The camp is designed in cooperation with Pottstown School District to serve students in 5th-8th grade.
For six weeks, students get learn, have fun, and grow through activities such as tennis, gardening, health and wellness, cooking, financial management, achievement and leadership, art and reading!
YW3CA’s Youth Empowerment Program team loves participating in the camp. Each class, they begin with social emotional learning activities which emphasize the benefits of pausing to prepare for the upcoming activities, helping everyone get into the mindset to learn.
Our Youth Empowerment Program Team comes every Wednesday to camp to offer fabulous workshops and games for every girl attending camp. For 4 weeks this summer, Miss Kelly, Miss Kelly, and Miss Kristie hosted awesome discussions, engaging activities, and more!
Each program week has an empowering theme. These themes include kindness, environmentalism, inclusion, and diversity.
On top of fun exercises and discussion, Miss Kristie and Miss Kelly bring necklaces and charms that each girl gets to decorate. The girls get to make and create their own charms individually based on the themes that are taught each week.
Our Youth Empowerment Team intertwines the weekly themes with mindfulness movement and creative expression. Through weekly yoga sessions and creative arts activities, the girls in the camp learn healthy habits for both the body and the mind.
Through creative expression in both the written word, arts, and mindfulness movement, the Youth Empowerment Program Team exhibits an integral approach to self-care that allows each participant to lean into life. Helping girls with integrity, mindfulness, and gratitude, has helped enforce the Youth Empowerment Program’s mantra: We must Pause, and Breathe, in order to Achieve.
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM EVENTS!
All. Girl! Leadership & Wellness Convention
This convention is offered for girls grades 3-12 and for young women ages 18-25. Grouped by grade level, attendees will join workshops on topics such as stress management, self resiliency, and social change.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
YW3CA offers an interactive discussion between high school students and expert panelists during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February. Students ask panelists questions anonymously in a variety of ways conductive to the school environment.
Week Without Violence Youth Art Contest
The Art Contest is back for its 3rd year! We would love for our Great Girls Today and Girls in Charge to be a part of this fabulous opportunity to raise their voice while being creative. We know they have a lot to contribute and share!