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Highlights from our girls symposium

Girls Initiatives at the YWCA-NYC reflect our core belief that empowered girls become empowered women. Designed to inform, engage, and inspire young people to become self- advocates, our goal is to ensure that every girl gains the skills, knowledge, and confidence to pursue the education, career, and life options of their choice.

Girls Initiatives programs are open to all high-school-aged (grades 9-12) self-identified girls and gender non-conforming youth in New York City. There is no academic requirement to enroll and no enrollment costs.

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Girls’ Initiatives Programs 2023

Girls Initiatives at the YWCA-NYC reflect our core belief that empowered girls become empowered women.

At the YWCA-NYC, our opportunities for leadership, activism, and personal growth help create change agents for a society poised to eliminate racism and inequity. These programs equip young girls and gender non-conforming youths with the tools to be the change NYC needs.

This opportunity through the YW is open to self-identified femmes, girls, and nonconforming youth in grades 9-12 and recent graduates. There is NO academic requirement or cost to participate. Participants are eligible to receive a stipend and certificate upon completion of the program. Participants are also eligible to receive metro cards and snacks at in-person activities.

This year’s programs will teach participants invaluable skills in computers and coding, college and career prep, and leadership abilities.

Programs occur at our YWCA Resource Center at 500 W 56 Street, NY, NY 10019.

Apply now! Space is limited!

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Girls Symposium: A Force for the Future

The YWCA of the City of New York (YWCA NYC) works to eliminate racism, empower women, and stand up for social justice by providing leadership and advocacy training for young women in culturally diverse communities. Our Women’s History Month Girls Symposium is truly a “Force for the Future”.

The main event took place in-person on Friday, March 31, 2023. Together, attendees engaged in dialogue around the theme of “A Force for the Future,” which aims to drive conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusivity across all facets of life.

Please visit ywcanyc.org/force for more information! Stay tuned for more information on next year’s event!