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