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


GirlsFirst Jazz Choir flyer

GirlsFirst Open Labs

GirlsFirst Robotics Team flyer

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.


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
  • Weekly Homework Help
  • Monthly Jazz Choir and Robotics Team
  • Open Lab (math games and fun experiments) two days a month
  • 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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