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Programs and Services

Youth Programs

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Y-Space: Gender-Inclusive

Y-Space is a YWCA Edmonton pilot program. Y-Space, like GirlSpace, is a youth-led initiative. The distinction is that the content has been adapted to be gender-inclusive and neutral; workshops are provided to all youth at the same time, regardless of gender. Y-Space addresses key social issues facing youth in an inclusive manner.

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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. 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. 

Youth Programming 2021/22

MONDAYS
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

online via Zoom
begins October 18, 2021

Open to 11-17 year olds; gender-inclusive

TUESDAYS or WEDNESDAYS
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

online via Zoom
begins October 12/13, 2021

Open to 11-14 year olds

THURSDAYS
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

online via Zoom
begins October 14, 2021

Open to 15-18 year olds

WEDNESDAYS
3:05 to 4:30 p.m.

begins October 13, 2021

Open to students at this school. 

WEDNESDAYS
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

begins October 13, 2021

Open to students at this school.

How to sign up

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Receive updates and reminders about our programs and new offerings.

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

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.

“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 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
  • 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 11-18.

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GirlSpace is a safe space that welcomes and supports all members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. 

Partners

GirlSpace is generously supported by:

  • The Joyce Foundation
  • Junior League of Edmonton
  • United Way

Support YWCA’s programs and learn how to   

Host a GirlSpace Program

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

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Makes a Difference

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