Programs for Girls

GIrls, Inc.

Girls Inc. for K-3rd grade girls

The YWCA Mankato is a member organization of Girls Inc. under the YWCA Minneapolis. Through this affiliation we offer research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals, to equip girls to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messages and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Girls have opportunities to learn new skills, belong to a group, make positive connections to peers and adults, contribute to society, feel competent and believe in their ability to create the best possible future for themselves.  Girls, Inc. encourages all girls to be strong, smart and bold. 

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Girls on the Run for 3rd - 5th grade girls

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

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We serve girls at multiple sites across Blue Earth, Nicollet, Brown, Watonwan, Le Sueur, and Waseca Counties.

Heart & Sole for 6th-8th grade girls

Heart & Sole LogoWe believe that adolescents bring a lot to the table. We also know that girls at this age often sort through conflicting messages about their worth, their abilities and their value. Our middle school programs help girls develop the skills to tune into their own truths and to unleash their power to live confidently and joyfully. 

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GEARS for 6th-8th grade girls

Participants are introduced to all types of cycling, and will learn technical riding skills, mechanical skills for bike maintenance, safety, and problem solving skills. Woven into the camp are empowering and motivating activities to build self-esteem and develop a strong sense of team, where every girl counts.

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Surge LogoSURGE! for 9th-12th grade girls

SURGE!™ is a leadership program for High School girls. It is designed to help girls understand their own ability to control their future through their strengths, positive thinking, goal-setting and planning.  Throughout the SURGE program girls participate in journaling, discussions and experiential activities that focus on leadership, clear communication, cooperation and vision. 

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