YWCA Kalamazoo supports the empowerment and growth of women and girls, especially women and girls of color. Our programs are designed to provide women and girls with tools and skills they need to be successful despite the barriers they may face due to their gender identity, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. These programs encourage creativity, positivity, and self-worth.
These programs are in partnership with various community organizations. Please contact our Youth Programs Manager, Beth Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to enroll in a program.
TechGYRLS® is a youth empowerment program designed to increase the participation, interest, and confidence of young girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This program provides a creative and hands on approach to STEM education through building Lego MindSTORM robots and educational field trips where participants will observe STEM being applied by successful women leaders (TechVENTURES). TechGYRLS® will be exposed to specific activities that demonstrate how each area of STEM can be practically applied in day-to-day work. TechGYRLS® offers camps throughout the school year and summer that can be customized to meet the needs of your group, organization, or Girl Scout Troup.
TechGYRLS® was developed by the YWCA USA in 1997 after seeing the need to strengthen girls’ interest and competency in computer literacy — a key job skill in nearly every profession today. The goal of TechGYRLS® is to provide technology education in an all-girl environment where girls feel comfortable taking risks and opening up to new learning opportunities. YWCA Kalamazoo adopted TechGYRLS® in 2004 as a summer camp and has served over 75 girls.
Young Women's Leadership
Young Women’s Leadership is an advocacy skill-building program to empower young women to advocate for issues that affect their lives and communities. Young Women’s Leadership provides tools, support, and mentoring to help young women gain confidence, see their self-worth, and speak out on issues that matter to them. The program provides a safe space for conversations between young women on issues that affect their daily lives like body image, media, cyberbullying, race, gender, sexual health, sexuality, and healthy relationships. Additionally, the program teaches young women how to advocate for themselves and their community to policy makers and reinforces that they have the power to make change.
The YWCA Kalamazoo is committed to empowering young women and providing a platform in which they have a voice. The culmination of Young Women’s Leadership will be in Lansing where girls will be able to visit the Michigan State Capitol to see legislation in action!