Girl Programs

 

At the Women’s Centre, we acknowledge that girls have unique experiences related to being a girl. For this reason, our Girl 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. Girl Programs are developed in partnership with participants and in response to issues they tell us are important to them. Our Girl 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.

Girl 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

 

Girl Power, Grades 5 & 6

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon during the school year
  • Program runs 3:30-5:30 pm, doors open at 3 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

  • 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

Girls Lead YYC, Grades 10 – 12

  • Thursday evenings July 4th – August 8th
  • 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

Spring & Summer Programs

  • Girl Power and Girl Force offer week-long spring and summer day camps
    • Registration for spring programs available only to girls who have attended after school programs two or more times.
    • Summer programs registration begins mid-April
  • Girl Up involves weekly summer sessions

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

 

Girl-Led Conference

  • Free for girls in grades 5-12
  • Every year on International Day of the Girl, October 11th
  • For girls to gather as a community, explore leadership and activism, and have fun!

 

How do I register?

For inquiries or to register for Girl Power, contact Grace Millar  grace@womenscentrecalgary.org.

For Girl Force and Girl Up, contact Alexe Bernier at alexe@womenscentrecalgary.org.

Both can be reached at 403-264-1155.
To stay connected, follow @girlsleadyyc on Instagram.

 

The Impact

Participants and their guardians alike have told us about the positive impact our programming has had on girls.

  • “I’ve learned that you can talk to people about feelings.”
  • “The program was really diverse on genders, cultures, and sexuality so it was very comfortable.”
  • 85% of girls who’ve attended the programs see themselves as leaders.
  • “[The program] gave me the chance to hang out with like-minded teens, and helped me feel empowered.”
  • 95% of girls in the programs know ways of changing the world that they didn’t know before.