The YWCA Niagara Region Skills Development Centre provides structured workshops specifically designed to provide a safe environment for learning. Skills Development Programming is an excellent way to increase knowledge, enhance skills, build self awareness and is a great stepping stone in moving life forward. The YWCA Skills Development programs are designed to address needs and deliver programming that is going to be of benefit now and in the long term to assist with change and difficult situations in life.
The YWCA Skills Development Programs are created and facilitated in a way that best suits the women we serve. The YWCA Skills Development Programs are unique in program delivery and are delivered in a realistic, fun, and interactive manner.
The YWCA Skills Development Centre also offers empowerment programs for young girls ages 9-18 within specific schools across the Niagara Region.
If you would like more information about the YWCA Skills Development Centre, please contact Krystal at (905) 988-3528 x3244 or firstname.lastname@example.org visit our Skills Development Centre Facebook page.Adult Programming
Our Skills Development Workshops respond to needs that are being identified on an on-going basis. They are offered to all of our guests and clients as well as to the community. Please see our flyer for programs we currently offer.
This program is a 12 week employment readiness program for mothers over the age of 25, who are on assistance and looking to start the process of returning to work. It includes a hands on skills building session to incorporate creative parenting strategies. LEARN MORE
Stomt is a weekly drop-in centre for women who are engaged in survival sex work.
The drop-in centre offers care packages for women, as well as clothing and a safe space to
have good conversation and to access supports or referrals if needed. LEARN MORE
With WARM, women are given the opportunity to access intervention and prevention services while living at home, maintaining a job and family responsibilities and creating a schedule that works for them.
WARM values the unique needs of every woman, addressing issues significant in women’s lives in a safe and confidential environment with intervention strategies proven to be effective. LEARN MORE
Programs for Youth
The YWCA Niagara Region believes in empowering and supporting young women in our community. The YWCA Niagara Region offers programming that focuses on issues that young women may be facing. These programs include;
Teen Talk/S.T.E.P.S (Sisters in Truth, Equality, Power and Strength) is a 12-week program for girls ages 8 – 18 and aims to help develop a positive self-image. S.T.E.P.S. is for girls 8 – 14, Teen Talk is for girls 14 – 18.
Over a pizza lunch, provided by the YW, we address a variety of challenges that the girls might be facing in their day-to-day life, such as bullying, family violence and body image.
Both programs help to reduce isolation, increase knowledge of and access to information on emotional health and peer justice.
We thank Ontario Power Generation for kindly sponsoring our Teen Talk program! We couldn’t do it without you.
YWCA Canada is piloting a new national program, “Y Act Up”, which is a civic engagement project for young women 16+, funded by HeritageCanada under the Youth Take Charge Program. This program will provide female youth in our Community an opportunity to come together and have a voice as a council to help make changes and awareness not only within the Community they live but as a national initiative by sharing their thoughts ideas, and making decisions that will impact youth across the country.
We are encouraging all young women 16+ to become apart of this initiative to help make changes and awareness in your community with your voice, your ideas, and your actions! Join Today!
The Safe Sisters Program is a 12 week program for girls ages 8 – 12 that will help girls
to feel in control of their environment and safe in their neighborhoods.
Through interactive activities and hands-on workshops participants learn about topics such as:
The goal for the Safe Sisters Program is to create an overall awareness of the different dynamics of personal safety and to help the girls gain then confidence and skills needed to feel safe within their environment.
The cost of the program is $125
GirlSpace fills the need for girls-only extra-curricular community programs.
The groups meet weekly and are designed for girls between the ages of 9 and 17.
We meet in two groups, one for girls between the ages of 9 and 13 and one for girls between the ages of 14 and 17.
The goal of the program is to help the girls develop leadership and teamwork skills and to connect them to local community organizations, where they get the opportunity to gain volunteer experience.
The cost of the program is $80, meals will be provided.
The Mask You Live In is a four week program for teenage boys focuses on breaking down stereotypes of what men are supposed to look and act like.
The Mask You Live In aims tat the betterment of society by teaching young men a healthy
understanding of masculinity.
Boys Lounge is a program for boys in elementary schools and meets once a week for 12 weeks during the school’s scheduled lunch break. Lunch is provided by the YW.
The program offers a chance for students to get together with their peers and talk about the issues that are on their minds.
We will discuss topics such as bullying, internet safety, self-esteem,self-awareness, team building, understanding diversity and the importance of having an active life style.
The goal of Boys Lounge is to assist the boys in developing a positive sense of self and to increase their resilience to the often negative messages they will receive about how they look, how they behave and what they should expect from their
relationships with others as they grow up.
Every February, the YWCA Niagara Region presents the annual Power of Being a Girl Conference. It is a day filled with activities evolving around empowering young women to find their strength, beauty and potential. High School girls from all over the region get together for a fun and inspiring day.
With this program you will:
Contact Krystal Snider for more information & to register.
905-988-3528 x.3244 email@example.com
As we kick off 2018 at the YWCA Niagara Region, we invite you to join us in commemorating our 90th anniversary.
The YWCA Board of Directors and staff invites you to join our 90th anniversary planning team where we will plan, organize, and execute a public relations campaign to mark this occasion. The goals of the campaign will be to celebrate this milestone, promote the YW’s work and ongoing capital campaign and to raise our organization’s profile in the community as the leading organization supporting for women, girls, and families. Through the theme “Past, Present and Always,” the 90th anniversary campaign will share stories about YW’s deep history in Niagara, our present work to support women and families experiencing poverty and homelessness, and building our future through new programs and later this year, with the construction of a new family shelter on Oakdale Ave. in St. Catharines.
The team is planning a kick off meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 5 pm at the King St. shelter in downtown St. Catharines. As an experienced and valued member of our YW community we would appreciate your input into the campaign. Creative ideas and suggestions are all welcome in the development of the YW 90th anniversary celebration plan. Please join us.
RSVP to: Arienne Good, Community and Public Relations Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org