Contacts & Location:

Program Manager
Makini Magee

Applied Mathematics Coordinator
Emily Tormey

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


Summer Application

GirlsFirst Brochure


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



GirlsFirst is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program designed for female identified youth of color from 8th-12th grade, with a focus on 9th grade support. Our STEAM education is through the lens of a person of color, designed to support our youth from a social emotional, communication, written, verbal, artistic, and experiential space in STEAM.

YWCA GirlsFirst

The mission of YWCA GirlsFirst creates a love for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics while developing leadership skills in an encouraging female, people of color based community. GirlsFirst offers the following activities throughout the school year:

  • High School In School For Credit Program focused on STEAM  (offered at Cleveland, Franklin, Rainier Beach, Garfield)
  • After School STEAM lab (with an arts/writing/communication component)
  • STEM Summer Camp (July 10 – September 1, 2017)
  • Field trips to STEAM based spaces; fitness (swimming and other fun movement oriented activities)

This program is open to girls of color who have the desire and potential for leadership and excellence within the Seattle area.

Interested? Please 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 address any questions parents may have.

All GirlsFirst programming use a racially equitable lens to help youth become successful in college and high paid manufacturing workplaces.

After School STEAM lab

This after school program is where 8th -12th grade female identified youth of color can learn about people of color who have contributed to science and technology.  This program has an arts, writing, and communication component with social and emotional learning around STEM.

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STEAM Summer Camp

July 10 – September 1, 2017

This FREE camp is specifically for female identified youth of color, entering 9th-12th grade in the Fall. All youth with 70% attendance at the camp will receive a $125 stipend at the end of the program. The camp is designed to create readiness for our POC youth in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

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STEAM Summer Internships

This internship is for youth 16 and older. These are paid summer internships in STEAM spaces.

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Advisory Groups

This program has a number of advisory groups including:

Parent Advisory Group - Parents/Guardians of youth in the program and alumni of the program meet monthly to review curriculum and provide input on the programming of GirlsFirst.

Women of Color Advisory Group - Female Identified Professionals of Color in STEAM Fields work to create internship spaces for the youth, and to review curriculum for the program.

Youth Advisory Group - Current and Alumni youth of the program meet monthly to review curriculum and provide input on the programming of GirlsFirst.