Programs and Services

GirlSpace®

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. GirlSpace® is an after-school program to empower girls to live healthy, safe lives. 

0%
of girls in Grade 6 say they are self-confident.
0%
of girls in Grade 10 say they are self-confident.

GirlSpace® is designed to:

Build Skills

including leadership, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.

Increase Awareness

of social issues and share strategies and resources for coping and overcoming them.

Foster Resilience

through autonomy, social connectedness, self-awareness, and self-esteem.

Encourage Collaboration

to develop a gender-specific space in which everyone is respected and feels welcome.

GirlSpace® is generously supported by:

  • Canadian Western Bank
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Stollery Charitable Foundation

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How it works

Each week, participants come together as a 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
  • Self-Esteem
  • 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

Program details

Who can participate

GirlSpace® is open to anyone who identifies as a girl between the ages of 11-17

GirlSpace® is a safe space that welcomes and supports all members of the LGBTQS+ community. 

Fees

$10/week (20 weeks), subsidies available
Cost will not be a barrier for any participant. Ask about subsidies when you register!  

Partners

Locations

Edith Rogers
Junior High School

Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
October 2, 2018 to March 5, 2019
Information Night:
September 13, 2018 
5 to 7 p.m. 

Lillian Osborne
High School

Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
October 4, 2018 to March 7, 2019
Information Night:
September 27, 2018 
5 to 7 p.m. 

Jasper Place
High School

Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
October 3, 2018 to March 6, 2019
Information Night:
September 19, 2018 
5 to 7 p.m.

Londonderry Edmonton Public Library

Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
*This location is specifically open to newcomer girls. Dates TBD.*
Information Night:
October 4, 2018
5 to 7 p.m.

M.E. LaZerte
High School

Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
October 3, 2018 to March 6, 2019
Information Night:
TBD

YWCA Edmonton
Office

Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.
October 4, 2018 to February 28, 2019
Information Night:
September 13, 2018 
5 to 7 p.m. 

“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

How to sign up

Stay in-the-know!

Receive updates and reminders about the 2018-19 program year.

For all other inquiries, email us at girlspace@ywcaedm.org

Host a GirlSpace® Program

Is your school interested in hosting a GirlSpace® program? Email us at girlspace@ywcaedm.org

Your Support
Makes a Difference

When you support YWCA Edmonton, you transform the lives of thousands of women and families in need.