One Year Into COVID-19 It’s not every day that you start a new job and then immediately have to close down the office indefinitely and send everyone home amidst a once-in-a-century pandemic. But that was my whirlwind experience when I joined YWCA Edmonton as our new CEO one year ago today. I hadn’t even met most of our staff yet before making that difficult decision after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mandated an historic stay-at-home order
Programs and Services
Taking Back Girl Talk
Unique from their male counterparts, girls face high rates of sexual violence and a significant decline in mental health as they enter adolescence and young adulthood. GirlSpaceZ is a virtual after-school program using the Zoom app. It is a safe space that welcomes and supports the many different experiences of being a girl.
GirlSpace is designed to:
including leadership, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.
of social issues and share strategies and resources for coping and overcoming them.
through autonomy, social connectedness, self-awareness, and self-esteem.
to develop a gender-specific space in which everyone is respected and feels welcome.
How it works
GirlSpaceZ is open to anyone between the ages of 11-18 years old who identifies as a girl. Each week, participants come together virtually in an online group to learn about a topic focused on the specific needs and experiences of girls and young women in Canada. Young women act as both group facilitators and role models, involving the participants in the design of each session.
Topics covered include:
- Healthy Relationships
- Bullying & Harassment
- Influence of the Media
- Body Image
- Digital & Online Safety
- Mental Health
- Physical Health & Nutrition
- Ethnic & Multicultural Awareness
- Healthy Decision-Making
- Violence Against Women –Sexual Assault & Consent
- Substance Use & Addictions
- Sexual Health
- Sexuality & Gender Identity
For older participants only:
- Career Development & Professional Skills
- Financial Matters
- Leadership Skills & Community Engagement
- Civic Engagement & Advocacy
GirlSpaceZ Virtual Program Times
Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
October 27, 2020 to March 2021
Open to 11-14 year olds
Mondays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
October 26, 2020 to March 2021
Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
October 28, 2020 to March 2021
Open to 15-18 year olds
Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
October 29, 2020 to March 2021
Open to 11-18 year olds
“I always thought I was the only girl who felt she wasn’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough. Now, I know that I am enough, and I can be anything I want to be. But the best part of GirlSpace? I met my best friend. We go through the hard times together now.”
— GirlSpace® Participant
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