Girls Empowerment After-School Program

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Girls in the YWCA Art and Science Studio sitting in a circle facing one girl during the YWCA Girls Empowerment After-School ProgramA Community of Young Women

YWCA’s Girls Empowerment After-School Program fosters an environment in which the participants may learn from each other and support each other through the trials of young adulthood.  The girls regularly engage in “Girls’ Circle” practice that spans the entire program which consists of coming together in a circle and making space for each girl to talk about how their day was. This can include what challenges they faced, what goals they accomplished, what they’re concerned about, or what they are excited about. The other girls are encouraged to ask respectful questions and offer advice. This sharing builds a bond between the girls and instills in them a crucial principle for young women: their experiences matter and their ideas are important.


Self Expression

(art and literature)

GEAP is comprised of two focuses: Express Yourself and TechGyrls. On Mondays and Wednesdays, Program Coordinator Amanda Montez helps the participants explore a variety of art media. From clay to screenprinting, linocuts to sketching, sewing to short stories, the girls become familiar with these artforms in order to give them the tools to express themselves in whatever method feels most comfortable. This furthers the work done with girls circle. Not only are they able to tell their stories amongst themselves, they are able to express themselves to the world their art and writing.

Exploring STEAM

(science, technology, engineering, art and math)

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Program Coordinator Jomie Liu helps participants explore the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). They participate in hands on science experiments, design and print their own 3D designs on our 3D printer, practice their typing skills, code robots, and more to introduce them to fields of study so that they may become familiar with fields in which they are underrepresented and understand that they have the ability to create innovation and explore their passions.

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Interest Form

If you would like to save a space in the program while you are filling out your registration form, please fill out our interest form

Interest Form


Registration is free and open anytime. Please return the form linked below completely filled to 50 N. Hill Ave Suite 301 Pasadena CA 91106. You may also fax the form to 626-296-8434 or email it to Program Coordinator Jomie Liu at Please make sure that all changes you’ve made to the digital file are saved and that it is complete before you email the form. You will also need the supporting documentation outlined on the CDBG page. Which is

  • Verification of Address – must match the address listed on CDBG Form
    • Driver’s License OR Utility Bill OR Letter from a Government Agency OR Bank Statement OR Letter from an Educational Institution
  • Source of Income
    • Pay stubs (two consecutive) OR Government Assistance Statment OR Tax Return (most recent) OR Bank statement OR Certification of Zero Income (included in registration packet)

After you’ve submitted the form and submitted the supporting documentation, we will inform you of the date the participant can begin the program.For your students safety, PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF OR EXPECT PICK UP FOR YOUR STUDENT BEFORE WE GIVE YOU A START DATE.

2018 – 2019 Registration Form (PDF)

2018-2019 Formulario de Registro (PDF)

YWCA Pasadena’s Empowerment Program Girls Lend a Hand

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

  (February 19, 2019)   “Women helping women” sums up the efforts of the girls from YWCA Pasadena’s Girls Empowerment After-School Programs on two consecutive Tuesdays this month. This army of 15 teen-aged girls busily filled treat-bags and folded and wrapped blankets for the 100 care packages destined for women who are being treated for… Continue Reading YWCA Pasadena’s Empowerment Program Girls Lend a Hand