Girls LEAD! of YWCA Dayton helps girls between the ages of 11-18 explore and celebrate their strengths, their voices, who they are today, and who they will become through the Girls LEAD! experience.

The Girls LEAD! experience includes:

  • A safe place where girls’ interests, opinions, and concerns are valued by adults and other girls
  • Trusting relationships with adult mentors with expertise in issues girls face
  • Experiences that broaden girls’ horizons and counter stereotypes
  • Curricula built on research that provides age-appropriate knowledge and builds girls’ skills
  • Hands-on, challenging, and fun activities that encourage girls to embrace learning

Girls LEAD! provides curriculum-based small group sessions during school hours at six schools in the Dayton region:

  • Belle Haven Elementary
  • DECA Middle School
  • Kettering Middle School
  • Miamisburg Middle School
  • North Dayton School of Discovery
  • Richard Allen Academy

Girls may self-select to participate or be referred by a parent or educator. Sessions last approximately 45 minutes (varies by school) and are geared toward girls in sixth, seventh, and/or eighth grades. Topics covered include:

  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Healthy Living
  • Communications
  • Making Healthy Choices
  • Developing Positive Friendships & Relationships
  • Body Image
  • Leadership & Life Skills
  • College Readiness

The Girls LEAD! Leadership and Mentoring Program is held outside of school hours and is open to girls who have previously participated in YWCA Dayton girls’ programming. It meets twice a month and focuses on:

  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Healthy Living
  • Communications
  • Making Healthy Choices
  • Developing Positive Friendships & Relationships
  • Body Image
  • Leadership & Life Skills
  • College Readiness

Girls LEAD! Summer Camps provide a comprehensive experience for girls, ages 11-14, by incorporating programming that addresses girls’ overall growth and development, including social/emotional, academic, and leadership development. Camp provides a wide range of hands-on, experiential activities that build girls of strength, courage, and compassion. All camps take place 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday ( Drop-off: 8-9 a.m. | Pick-up: 4-5 p.m.)

 

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1,000+ GIRLS SERVED

IN THE PAST YEAR

20 CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

PROVIDED TO GIRLS

80% OF GIRLS

REPORTED AN INCREASE IN SELF-ESTEEM

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Lakesha

"When I first came to Girls LEAD! I thought I couldn't be a leader because I was shy and soft-spoken. But they helped me find my voice. Today, I'm the first in my family to attend college."

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Rochelle

“Girls LEAD! is an exciting opportunity for girls to engage in activities that not only center around what’s in the community but also what's beyond their familiar."