In 2016, Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend was championing positive change for young women by raising funds in support of YWCA Muskoka Youth Program Girlz Unplugged.
Offered as a school based program; community based at Moose Deer Point First Nation; and as summer week-long day program. Girlz Unplugged is one of the longest running girls-centred programs running in Canada. For over 18 years, YWCA Muskoka has developed and delivered this self-esteem and confidence skill building program for girls in grade 5-8 across the rural region of Muskoka. Girls meet weekly with a YWCA facilitator to explore healthy relationships, self-care, body image, gender stereotypes, being media and internet savvy, through crafts, role play, discussions, laughs and fun. The goals of the program are to increase connection to oneself, others and community; develop confidence; develop critical thinking; understanding healthy relationships & building positive peer support.
We offer the 12-week school-based Girlz Unplugged programs in each of the public elementary schools in Muskoka. The programs vary from 40 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the length of a school’s recess/lunch break. Information and registration forms for this program are distributed in the schools through school offices in September and January.
School based Girlz Unplugged programs are funded each year through several sources and the fundraising efforts of YWCA staff and volunteers: these include participant fees, individual donations, special events, service clubs, and foundations.
Girlz Unplugged is also offered as a uniquely-girls week long day program each summer in the communities of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville. The summer programs are consistent with the quality and content of the school base programs, with a greater focus of recreational opportunities. We welcome all girls age 9 to 12. Registration for summer programs starts in April each year. Subsidies are available upon request.