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Girls Initiatives Overview

The Girls Initiatives at the YW reflect our core belief that empowered girls become empowered women. Designed to inform, engage and inspire girls in New York City to become self- advocates, the goal of our Girls Initiatives is to ensure that every girl gains the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue the education, career and life options of her choice.

YW Leadership Programs

YW AMP Leadership©

The YWCA of the City of New York Amplifying Multiple Perspectives (AMP) Leadership© Program offers girls from diverse backgrounds a dynamic and innovative approach to developing their leadership skills. Through an examination of social identity, girls will have the opportunity to engage in the following questions:

  • Are you a gender justice leader between the ages of 14-18?
  • Interested in advancing gender equity and racial justice?
  • Want to become an agent for change in your community?
  • Want to expand your social justice network
  • Would you be interested in doing all of this alongside a diverse group of amazing girls?

The program offers self-identified girls with the opportunity to develop and define their individual leadership and collective capacity. Girls’ will develop their critical thinking and leadership skills, self-awareness and build networks to fight for gender justice.

Applications for the inaugural group of AMP leaders. To apply click here.


Our programs offer self-identified high school girls a challenging STEM experience, regardless of their prior experience in the field. Girls’ will come together and learn from the best about STEAAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Activism, and Math), in a gender specific environment that will make the work relevant to their world. The exposure to professionals in the field will build their networks and inspire future possibilities.

We offer three STEAAM programs:

YW Geek Girls©

This weekly program includes hands-on workshops and training, networking with women experts and leaders, trips to technology hubs, labs, and more!
Program Dates: Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, from October 1st to December 17th

Maker Space

Come create in our new maker space! Use the 3D printer, recycled electronics, or traditional art supplies to build creative projects.
Program Times: Open after school until 7:00pm


These short term programs will meet for 3-5 weeks and will focus on topics such as sustainability and fashion, coding, and more! To apply click here.
Program Times: To be announced

Applications for the YW STEAAM Program. To apply click here.

All Programs are FREE!

Geek Girls© Meet Up

This quarterly rally is intended to create a space for girls with an interest in STEM to engage other girls from across the city and meet women in STEM to exchange ideas. The focus of the meet ups can be technical, social and or advocacy in nature.

YW Beyond the Symposium©:

This quarterly assembly will feature girls in dialogue with influential women from a variety of sectors. Designed to further conversations started at the annual Potential to Power© Girls Symposium, the open-forum will feature honest conversations about gender equity in the city and nation.

Career Awareness

This career exploration program engages high school girls in a three-tiered program that includes exposure to careers and professional women, experiential career opportunities that deepen knowledge through practice and ongoing mentorship and coaching in a career interest. Girls will also be introduced to leading professional women in the fields of science, technology, media, social enterprise, law and medicine during our speaker series “Ask a Woman” and in job shadowing and internship opportunities. 

College Exploration and Preparatory Program 

The goal of the college exploration and preparatory curriculum is to ensure that YW girls engage in explicit conversations around college at all grade levels. The continuum addresses three major themes: identifying college selection criteria, identifying characteristics of a college-ready student, and determining college-student match.

Signature Event: 

POTENTIAL to POWER Girls Symposium Convenes 200 girls and women leaders from diverse backgrounds to dialogue on gender equity for 21st Century Girls. The symposium unites intergenerational and multiracial voices to promote understanding, dialogue and social action on critical issues facing girls in New York City. The YWCA seeks to amplify girls’ voices among women advocates, generate a comprehensive New York City Girls agenda and create a network of influential women and organizations to advance policy and opportunities for the next generation of women in school, career and life. As a result of this symposium, we hope to see an increase in attention, public discourse and funding on gender equity in New York City and across the nation.

Family Resource Center
500 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019

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