The mission of YWCA GirlsFirstSM is to
encourage leadership, instill confidence,
develop skills, and provide opportunities to
girls of color.
Our program includes a three-week Summer Leadership Academy, a weekend overnight retreat at Seattle University, weekly after-school sessions and monthly Leadership in Action Days. Alumnae opportunities include mentoring, tutoring and paid summer internships.
YWCA GirlsFirst is open to all freshman girls in six local high schools: Evergreen, Franklin, Garfield, Rainier Beach, Renton and West Seattle.YWCA GirlsFirst is specifically designed for girls of color.
Interested girls should fill out an application and will be interviewed by YWCA GirlsFirst staff. YWCA staff will also visit with family members before the program begins to build relationships with parents and answer any questions.
"Coffee shop turning into community booster"
August 2 - Starbucks is transforming its popular Central District cafe into a community store that will share a portion of sales with YWCA GirlsFirst and Young Parent Program.
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How to change the future (and yourself) as a GirlsFirst mentor
This spring, the YWCA sat down with GirlsFirst participant Luz and her mentor Esperanza to talk about how their relationship has changed both of them for the better.
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Confidence and possibility: GirlsFirst Graduate shares her story
Tsewone Melaku says she was a "quiet, little person" before she got involved in YWCA GirlsFirst. Find out how the Summer Leadership Academy, mentoring, internships and more made a positive impact on her life.Read full story
Constructive summer for GirlsFirst intern
West Seattle Herald | Steve Shay | September 7, 2010
15-year-old Michiko Yoshino was hired by Skanska for a summer internship through GirlsFirst, and her supervisor said it was the company that hit the jackpot when the motivated teen clocked in.
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