contacts & location:

Director of GirlsFirst - Leadership Development
Indira Bahner

STEM Coordinator
Salenna Green

Arts/Fitness/Internship Coordinator
Nikita Love

Whole Youth Advocate
Mayet Dalila

Alvirita Little Center

708 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle, WA 98122

give help:

Wish List
Laptops - 8 to 10 
Robotics kits
Lego robotics kits
Science kits
Contact us if you are interested in giving any of these items.
We're looking for teachers with knowledge in arts and fitness for communities of color. Contact us if you're interested.

YWCA GirlsFirst


Enrollment Packet


Homework Help flyer 2016


women of color advisory group


Are you a professional woman of color? Consider joining the Women of Color Advisory Group. This group works to help secure internships that are focused on college, community college, or high paid manufacturing; and mentor our girls as they engage in those internships. Contact us if you’re interested.

We recently had a couple of basement floods (during the heavy rains) and our Sparkle and Shine Closet lost all of the clothes for our youth.

Our Paid and Unpaid (for youth under legal working age of 16) Internship Program is getting underway and we need to ensure that our youth have clothes for both the interview and the Internship itself. 

We are asking for Gift Cards in amounts ranging from $25-$100 for the following stores: 

H & M
Forever 21
Charlotte Russe
VISA – to purchase Hijabs and long skirts from local small businesses on the South End


ywca girlsfirst

Encourages leadership, instills confidence, develops skills, and provides opportunities to girls of color.

YWCA GirlsFirst

The mission of YWCA GirlsFirst is to encourage leadership, instill confidence, develop skills and provide opportunities to girls of color.

This is a year-long intensive leadership program that starts the summer before freshman year. Activities include:

  • Summer Leadership Academy
  • Spring Camp (April 10-14, 12 - 3pm)
  • Weekly Homework Help
  • Science & Engineering Class
  • After school instruction (STEM, Fine Arts, and Fitness and Social Emotional Learning) three days a week for one - two hours per day (on-site)

After their freshman year, GirlsFirst alumnae are encouraged to continue participation and offered more opportunities to develop their skills, including:

  • Tutoring
  • Mentorship
  • Paid summer internships

This program is open to all girls who have the desire and potential for leadership and excellence, but is specifically designed to serve girls of color who face social and economic barriers to success. 

Interested students should complete and submit the GirlsFirst application. Staff will contact applicants to set-up an interview. Before the program begins, there will also be a visit with family members, in order to build relationships and answer any questions that parents may have.

All GirlsFirst programming uses a racially equitable lens to help youth become successful in college, community college, or high paid manufacturing.

How to change the future (and yourself) through GirlsFirst
GirlsFirst participant, Luz, and her mentor, Esperanza, explain how mentorship changed them both for the better.

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College: How to Plan – Financial and Academic Planning

February 11, 2017 – Saturday – 12 -2 PM (lunch provided)

A panel comprised of professional College Planners, and educators from South End High Schools will come together to talk about the best avenues to apply for scholarship, and prepare your child for 2 year Community College or 4 year College.


MOZ Engineering and Technology Event

March 30, 2017 4-6:30 PM

Meet at GirlsFirst (708 MLK Jr. Way Seattle) at 4:00 for dinner, then hop in our GirlsFirst van to MOZ, a technology company in downtown Seattle, where the youth will work with current engineers and designers to learn about technology and complete a fun project with the staff at MOZ.  Adult family members (parents/guardians/grandparents) are invited to join us!


GirlsFirst Spring Camp

April 10 – 14, 12 - 3 p.m.

Spring Camp will be a Dance and Fine Arts camp. A flyer will be posted to My YWCA when it is available.

GirlsFirst Summer Camp

July 10 - August 25

PDFSummer Camp Flyer

Come dance, chat, swim, build, explore, grow, and more at GirlsFirst Summer Camp. Female identified youth of color, grades 8 through 12, are welcome! See the attached flyer for more information.