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Girls LEAD! Goes Virtual

Inspired by our fellow YWCA sisters around the country, we’ve compiled this list of at-home resources and activities that align with our Girls LEAD! curriculum and help girls grow in strength, courage, and wisdom.

We want to hear from you! Did you use something on this list? Let us know what you thought, and what conversations it started with those in your household. Share on social using #girlsLEAD and tag @ywcadayton. Have a favorite activity that’s not on this list? We’d love to hear it! Send us your favorites that reflect the Girls LEAD! mission: communications@ywcadayton.org.

We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.
Malala Yousafzai, Survivor & Activist

Girls LEAD! Chats: Fridays at 4 p.m. via Zoom

Weekday virtual programming for any girl residing in Montgomery or Preble County, ages 11-14

Girls Squad: Select Saturdays at Noon via Zoom

Weekend virtual programming for any girl residing in Montgomery or Preble County, ages 11-18

*Girls LEAD! Chats and Girls Squad have ended for the school year and will begin again in September.

Empower Her Summer Camp

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 will be held virtually in June and in-person in July. We continue to monitor and follow all CDC pandemic guidelines to ensure safety and wellness for all.

Camp Session 1: June 14-25, 2021
Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. REGISTER


Staying well with healthy hygiene

  • Be proactive and protect yourself from COVID-19.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
    • Get the latest updates about COVID-19 from the CDC

Staying well with relationships

Staying well with yoga and exercise


(Adapted from Girls Leadership, 2020)

  • Give kids age-appropriate rationale for what’s happening. Instead of framing this as a “lockdown” or “isolation,” explain that they are helping save lives in their community. They are standing in solidarity with others who need us to take care of them right now.
  • Share how you’re feeling, within reason, before asking kids how they’re feeling. Model vulnerability. It’s OK to say, “I feel frustrated that we can’t go visit our neighbors” or “I feel overwhelmed with all these changes happening so suddenly” or “I feel so grateful that we get to be together right now.” Ask kids, “How about you? What do you think about all this?”
  • Give kids space to talk or not talk. If you notice a big shift in behavior, check in during a quiet moment. If kids have questions you don’t know the answer to, tell them you’ll do some research or you can research together to find out.
  • Let kids have opportunities to connect with other kids their age. Whether this is through FaceTime, or texting, or Skype, or even through snail mail with a pen pal in the neighborhood. Snail mail is a great teaching/learning opportunity to teach kids how to write letters and develop their penmanship.
  • Make time at the end of the day for board games, charades, or playing music together before kids get ready for bed.
  • Praise kids specifically for something you noticed: “Keisha, you were so helpful to your little sister on her math homework today, I really appreciate you stepping up to support her. Jason, I love how detailed the drawing you made for art class was. How did you come up with that idea?”
  • Model handling conflict. Take time to cool off, share your emotions, own your mistakes, offer what you could do differently, and ask for what you need from your kids.

Educational Support:

Here are a few resources that may help you make learning interesting and fun with your child at home.

The Junior League of Dayton offers virtual learning sessions, which promote literacy through a myriad of books and activities developed to enhance your child’s literacy skills. Watch the videos on Facebook.

Yoga and Self-Care:

Experience Heartfulness: Gently close your eyes and think of the Source of Light that is already present within your heart. Rather than trying to visualize it, simply tune in to your heart and be open to any experience that you may have. Do this for 30 minutes. If your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to your heart.