At the Women’s Centre, we acknowledge that girls have unique experiences related to being a girl.
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. Girls will be encouraged to lead workshops and activities for each other, as well as plan and carry out small social action projects together.
Our Girls Programs are free and we provide supplies, food and bus tickets for participants. Programs are open to anyone of varying abilities 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 Era at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Please note, due to COVID-19 we will be hosting Girls Programs online via Zoom from January to March. Registrations are on-going throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to register or contact us with inquiries.
Girl Power, Grades 5 & 6
- Online: Every Tuesday 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
- In-person*: Every Wednesday 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm, doors open at 3:30 pm
- Programming is a combination of fun, engaging workshops led by staff, volunteers and community partners including crafts, dance, music and more
- Girls get involved in girls-led sessions where they focus on leadership skills, community building and activism.
Girl Force, Grades 7 to 9
- Online: Every Tuesday 6:00 pm – 7:30pm
- In-person*: Every Thursday 4:00 – 5:45 pm, doors open at 3:30 pm
- Programming is a combination of fun, engaging workshops led by staff, volunteers and community partners including crafts, dance, music and more.
- Girls get involved in girls-led sessions where they focus on leadership skills, community building and activism
- Girl-led sessions, celebrations; action projects and more
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
- 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!
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.