contacts & location:

Director of GirlsFirst - Leadership Development
Indira Bahner

GirlsFirst Program Coordinator
Ashley Alvarez

Alvirita Little Center

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

give help:

Wish List
Art supplies 
School supplies 
Professional, teen-friendly clothes and shoes.
Socks, lotion, hair products, etc.
Become a mentor
Tutor after-school
Lead a workshop 

Contact program manager 


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:

  • Three-week Summer Leadership Academy
  • Overnight weekend retreat at Seattle University
  • Weekly afterschool homework sessions
  • Monthly Leadership in Action days

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.

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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