At the Women’s Centre, we acknowledge that girls have unique experiences related to being a girl.

For this reason, our Girls Programs have a gender-specific lens that allow girls a safe space to explore topics related to them.

Programs offer participants opportunities to build their capacity in leadership and activism, while at the same time being part of a supportive community and having fun. Girls engage in various team building activities and crafts, as well as explore topics of gender roles, anti-bullying, self-image, inclusion, confidence, mental health and more. Girls Programs are developed in partnership with participants and in response to issues they tell us are important to them.

Our Girls Programs are free and we provide supplies, food and bus tickets for participants. Programs are open to anyone of varying abilities in grades 5-12 who identifies as a girl.

The Women’s Centre aims to support girls to build their confidence and belief in themselves by building community and practicing leadership and activism skills. If interested in the Girls Programs, please contact Alexe at:

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85% of girls who’ve attended the programs see themselves as leaders.

Girls Programs participants will:

  • Build their self-esteem, confidence and belief in their own abilities
  • Connect with a community of girls and build supportive friendships
  • Explore and develop their leadership skills by engaging in small and medium-sized projects, workshops, and leading sessions of their own
  • Gain an introduction to activism, social justice, and social change
  • Meet local women, girl leaders, and activists who are influencing change in their communities
  • Learn about the impact of gender roles, sexism, racism, violence, stereotypes and other issues in a safe environment

Girls Programs details:

School Year Programs

Girl Power, Grades 5 & 6 (ages 10-12) – Girl Power After School is a drop-in program and runs from September to June, registration is ongoing.

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon during the school year
  • Program runs 4:00 – 6:00 pm, doors open at 3:30 pm
  • Programming is a combination of fun, engaging workshops led by staff, volunteers and community partners; girl-led sessions; celebrations; action projects and self-care activities

Girl Force, Grades 7 – 9 (ages 13-14) – Girl Force is a drop-in program and runs from September to June, registration is ongoing.

  • Every Tuesday evening during the school year
  • Program runs from 6-8 pm
  • Programming is a combination of fun, engaging workshops led by staff, volunteers and community partners; girl-led sessions, celebrations, action projects and self-care activities

Spring & Summer Programs

Girl Power Camps (ages 10-12) and Girl Force Camps (ages 13-14) run every spring and summer for one week at a time.

  • Registration for spring programs available only to girls who have attended after school programs two or more times.
  • Summer programs registration begins mid-April

Girls Lead YYC, Grades 10 – 12

  • Thursday evenings in the summer (July – August)
  • Program runs from 6-8 pm
  • Programming will cover topics like community organizing, strategic communications, movement building, connecting with allies, and addressing systemic barriers and root causes of community problems 

Girl Connect Conference

  • For girls in Grades 5-9
  • Organized by girls in Grades 10-12
  • Every year, to coincide with International Day of the Girl, October 11th
  • For girls to gather as a community, explore leadership and activism, and have fun!
  • Girl-led

Girls’ Walking Tour

  • As part of the city-wide Jane’s Walk weekend in May, girls organize a walking tour to raise awareness about the issues that are important to girls in Calgary
  • Organized in partnership with Awo’taan Healing Lodge Society and Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary’s Youth Mentorship Program in 2019
  • Free for the community to attend.


For inquiries or to register for any of the Girls Programs contact Alexe Bernier at or call 403-264-1155.

To stay connected, follow @girlsleadyyc on Instagram.

Girls Programs Toolkit:

The Women’s Centre envisions a world where girls are supporting communities, and communities are supporting girls. It is for this reason that we have developed Girls Lead: A Toolkit for Supporting Girls’ Leadership and Activism.
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