September 2011

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Just for Girls is Now Enrolling!
It's that time again; sign up to be a Just for Girls participant!

Just for Girls is back with another educational and fun-packed year, with sessions once again being held at the YWCA facility and various Pasadena Unified School District elementary, middle and high schools. Just for Girls will be held every Tuesday from 3-5:30PM at the YWCA facility, beginning the week of September 12th.

The goal of Just for Girls is to ensure that participants graduate from high school, continue their education, and develop career plans. Each year the Just for Girls curriculum changes to respond to the changing needs and opportunities of our young, vibrant participants.

Just for Girls is not your ordinary after school program as we do not merely provide homework help and tutoring. The Just for Girls program really focuses on creating successful young women in our community. The goal of our program is to act as a buffer against the outside world and provide a safe and nurturing place for participants to find out who they truly are. Just for Girls sessions consist of tutoring and educational assistance and also discussions concerning diversity, socio-economic issues, female body changes, healthy lifestyles and college prep.

Last years Just for Girls participants truly excelled in reaching their goals throughout the program year. We are very happy to announce that all 11 high school senior girls of the program successfully graduated from high school and were all accepted to and will be attending college in the fall. Whether you are planning to enter your first year of junior high or high school or you are preparing to start your future and attend college next year, this is the program for you. Just for Girls is completely free for participants and we are excited to kick-off yet another great year of Just for Girls with both new and returning participants. Contact Denise Ramos, Program Coordinator, at (626) 296-8433 to secure your spot today. 

Free Adult Computer Classes and Open Lab Hours:
Are you an adult interested in brushing up on your computer skills? Do you have limited access to a computer and are you in need of open computer lab hours? Join us at the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley!

This year, the YWCA will be offering a brand new program for adults, which will teach various computer skills. This new adult computer class will offer training on the complete Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), job searching skills, internet browsing, completing applications online and much more.

In today's fast-paced environment, it has almost become essential to have some sort of computer training or skills for any type for employment. If you feel you need a quick refresher on your computer skills, or if you need a complete training on how to search the web and how to complete tasks with a computer, this is the program for you! Classes will start on Wednesday, September 14th, here at the YWCA facility from 1-2:30PM. Each complete course will run for 5-weeks, and sessions will be held weekly on Wednesdays.

In addition to the all new adult computer class, the YWCA facility will now be offering open computer lab hours EVERY Friday from 11AM-3PM! Applying to college? Looking for work? Needing to spruce up your resume or cover letter for your employment search? Feel free to stop by the YWCA facility and utilize our resources at no cost to you. We understand that not every household has computer access within the home, and we are here to provide those services at our facility, in a healthy and fun environment. Join us every Friday for open lab hours, beginning the week of September 12th.

Additional adult programs offered at the YWCA include: The Parent Project, a 12-week parenting course and mammograms in a partnership with Planned Parenthood of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley. The Parent Project is a fee-based course and can be paid in whole at a rate of $75.00 or session-by-session at $10.00 per class. Registration fee for The Parent Project is $20.00, which includes all materials and supplies that will be used throughout the course.

Mammograms are held at the YWCA facility every third Tuesday of the month through a mobile clinic by Planned Parenthood of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley. This mobile clinic provides low to no cost breast cancer screenings to women over the age of 40. If you are interested in a breast cancer screening at the YWCA please contact our partner, Planned Parenthood, at (626) 798-0706 ext. 133 to schedule an appointment.

If you are interested in registering any of the mentioned adult programs you may contact Shanetta Robinson, Program Director, at (626) 296-8433. This course is completely free and will run in 5-week sessions throughout the program year.

YWCA's 9th Annual
Women for Racial Justice Breakfast
Limited space available--register today!

Become A Part of Our TECHGyrls Team Today!
Now enrolling for the new program year 

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is now enrolling for the TECHGyrls programs, which facilitates training on Microsoft Office Suite, which includes Excel, Word and Powerpoint, beginning the week of September 12th.

TECHGyrls will be kicking off its second year in the newly renovated Margaret Leong Learning Center. In October of 2010 TECHGyrls hosted its first full session in the learning center, and this will be the first complete program year. TECHGyrls will be offered at the YWCA facility every Monday from 3-5:30PM. The first hour consists of homework assistance and the second hour is TECHGyrls curriculum.

During the 2010-2011 program year, the TECHGyrls program served 56 participants; of those participants 90% completed the program with a clear understanding of the concepts and they are now able to apply new computer skills in school and for personal endeavors. Don't hesitate to enroll today, this program is offered free of cost and is open to all girls age 10-18 in the community.

  Developing Young Women Leaders
Join the YWCA's Leadership Academy, an all new program
aimed for high school seniors and post-high school women

The goal of this new program is to cultivate leadership excellence by developing participants' leadership potential for academic and professional application in areas of community advocacy, racial justice and women's empowerment. This academy is a three-part extracurricular activity made up of board meetings, leadership trainings, community service and practical experiences. If you are interested in engaging in community advocacy efforts, this is the program for you! We are seeking highly motivated young women who aim to make a difference in their community. This program has rolling enrollment throughout the year and has no deadline to apply. Please contact Program Director, Shanetta Robinson, at (626) 296-8433 for more information and to enroll today!

The 2011 Girls Empowerment Camp Draws to an End 
Check out all the outings the girls took part in this summer!

This summer, our girls empowerment camp participants had the opportunity to partake in a wide range of outings and activities. YWCA participants had packed schedules each day thanks to all the fabulous activites that were planned by our Program Coordinator, Denise Ramos.

The YWCA Girls Empowerment Camp not only allows participants to enjoy their summer break by going on fun field trips, but most camp days are spent visiting local colleges, universities and educational organizations. This year, the summer camp participants visited and toured the following colleges: Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State San Bernardino, Marinello School of Beauty, American Art Institute of Santa Monica and Pasadena City College. During these college visits the girls had a chance to speak with current students as well as student advisors. One of the goals of the YWCA empowerment camp is to teach participants that you are never too young to begin planning for their future.

In addition, participants also received various informational and educational trainings from local community organizations. Participants visited and toured the Homegirl Cafe/Homeboy Industries organization, where they listened to the stories of various young men and women who took charge of their lives and their future and made the decision to get out of the gang lifestyle. The girls also participated in an etiquette training course offered by Maggie O'Farrill of Pasadena, where they learned how to properly sit at a table, how to respectfully stand when speaking with someone, and much more.

Participants enjoyed the summer heat while visiting Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm and swimming at Hansel Dam.

Overall, the girls empowerment camp for 2011 was a huge success, yet again. The girls enjoyed making new friends and had a great time experiencing things they would have otherwise not had the opportunity to do this summer. Spots fill up quickly, so make sure to keep a look out next Spring if you are interested in getting someone you know into the program!

Donate Online TODAY!

Your contribution allows us to continue to offer our community:

  • Just For Girls enrichment and development program for the school-aged young women of Pasadena
  • Racial Justice work in our ommunity
  • Community Building efforts through public dialogue and our program initiatives
  • Ensuring that women from all walks of life have a voice in our city, region and nation

Your generosity ensures that we cultivate the next entrepreneur, the next engineer, the next scientist or the next U.S. Speaker of the House!


 Contact Us To Be Involved

Contact our Executive Director, Tamika Farr, or any of the  links below to find out how to be involved.

  • Volunteer. We are always recruiting women and girls to join a committee or to volunteer in the office. Contact the Program Office.
  • Make a gift of stock, real estate or money. Contact the Development Office.
  • Join the Mission Committee. Be a part of the conversation.
    Contact Sandra Davis Houston, Chair.
  • Join any one of our committees providing administrative structure:  Finance Committee, Development Committee and Nominating Committee
    Contact Tamika Farr, Executive Director. 

Many Thanks! 

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