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Youth Programs & Services

YWCA Moncton offers a wide variety of youth programs to address different needs in our community. All of our programs are free of charge and are inclusive of Anglophone, Francophone, Aboriginal and newcomer youth, as well as LGBT youth and youth living with disabilities. Many of our programs are open to both girls* and boys.

YWCA Moncton Youth Membership

If you’re under age 18, you can become a YWCA Moncton Youth Member for just $5 (we welcome girls and boys as youth members!). Membership gets you a swanky YWCA pin and access to special YWCA Moncton Youth info. Please note that you aren’t required to be a member to participate in our programs and Youth Members cannot vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Youth Thrive!

Youth Thrive is an academic-support initiative made possible by the Rogers Youth Fund. Youth Thrive! has two components: Techno Tutoring and On My Way.

Techno Tutoring: A program offered to Beaverbrook School and Edith Cavell School students (girls and boys) who are referred by their school resource teachers. Students receive one-one-one tutoring during school. Students use technology such as LCD note pads, iPads, ereaders and iPods to improve basic math, literacy and science skills.

On My Way: A program offered to Riverview High School and Moncton High School for girls* age 12-19 who are struggling to succeed academically and are at-risk of leaving school. Participants meet one-one-one with a tutor once a week and interact over social media between meetings. Participants can be tutored in academic subjects and/or focus on social issues that are preventing their success in school (i.e. bullying, violence in the home, etc.).

GirlSpace

GirlSpace is an amazing girls-only program  run by YWCAs all across Canada. Every GirlSpace is different depending on where the program is and who is participating. YWCA Moncton regularly offers GirlSpace as a once-a-week after-school program for girls  in grade 7 and 8 that lasts anywhere from 6-12 weeks. Girls will participate in workshops, trips, and projects all designed to bolster their self-esteem and leadership skills while encouraging them to engage critically with social issues. Because of this strong focus on critical thinking and personal development, GirlSpace is a signature YWCA violence-prevention program (visit the nation GirlSpace website here).

Girls Council

YWCA Moncton is working hard to set up our very own Girls’ Council. This council is going to be made up of local girls and young women who help develop and plan our youth programs and represent the YWCA at youth-focused events and gatherings. Contact Beth Lyons (506-855-4349 or blyons@ywcamoncton.com) about this initiative!

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The YWCA youth team has their own Tumblr! Visit ywcagirls.tumblr.com to see a collection of all sorts of awesomeness: photos, art, articles and a list of our favorite blogs and websites. You can even submit your own content!

Power of Being a Girl & Strength in Being a Boy Conferences

These single-day conferences are a series of gender-specific workshops offered in local schools to youth aged 12-14.  Boys and girls address topics such as healthy relationships, self-esteem, and positive body image through activities and guided discussion in a safe space. Participants always receive YWCA swag to take home! These events are a part of the annual YWCA Week Without Violence.

Rainbows Grief Recovery Program

Rainbows is an international organization that fosters emotional healing among children and youth grieving a loss due to a life-altering crisis. YWCA Moncton staff are trained Rainbows program facilitators and are happy to offer this grief-recovery program to children, youth and the adults in their lives. Participants meet once a week for 12 weeks to work through their Rainbows journal. Learn more about the Rainbows here or contact Heather Richards, Rainbows program coordinator (506-855-4349 or hrichards@ywcamoncton.com) for more information.

Case Management and Referral Services

Youth Department staff may offer formal case management services (using the same system that the RCMP and Public Safety use, the YLS/CMI) to youth clients who require enhanced support. When youth and/or their families require services and support that are not offered by the YWCA, we will gladly provide referrals to other service-providers. When necessary, we will advocate for youth clients to ensure they receive the services and support they require.

Interested in bringing our programs to you? YWCA Moncton is happy to provide outreach services to our community or consult on how to ensure your programs are inclusive and gender-sensitive. If you are interested in bringing any of our programs or services to your area, please contact Beth Lyons, the Youth Programs Manager, at blyons@ywcamoncton.com or (506) 855-4349.

*Our girls-only programs are inclusive of trans youth who identify as female.