YWCA program expands to Coaldale and Coalhurst

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    GirlSpace, YWCA Lethbridge & District’s program aimed at empowering girls and young women, is expanding.

    Thanks to a grant from Status of Women Alberta, GirlSpace will be offered in Coalhurst and Coaldale for girls ages 8-12 starting in the summer. The grant, totalling almost $85,000, covers operational expenses for one year.

    Junior GirlSpace is a girls-only extra-curricular community program, offering girls the opportunity to increase their awareness about violence and its root causes, while exploring self, personal achievements, and building on positive self-esteem. It builds skills, including leadership, teamwork, self-reliance, increased independence, self-awareness and positive self-esteem. Through the various sessions girls learn how to be positive and influential members of their community, develop critical thinking skills, and build strong and meaningful relationships with those around them.

    YWCA Lethbridge & District has been successfully facilitating the GirlSpace program for 12 years in the city of Lethbridge and up until now, due to funding restrictions, could not expand outside of city limits, even though there is a high demand in these areas for the safe, girls-only environment that GirlSpace creates.

    The program in each community will start with a one-week Leadership Camp during the summer, followed by a ten-week session that gets underway in the fall. The program is free, and any girl, ages 8-12, who identifies as female and who lives in, or close to, the community in which the program is taking place, is welcome to join.

    More information about the program and how to register can be found at YWCA’s website, www.ywcalethbridge.org

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