National Capital Area

Empowering Girls in D.C. Public Schools







Something New for EmpowerGirlz 

We’re thrilled to announce that YWCA National Capital Area is an official partner of D.C. Public Schools and our EmpowerGirlz program is now a part of the school day at McKinley Tech Middle School and Eastern High School.

“Transitioning EmpowerGirlz into D.C. public schools allows us to reach more girls and opens the door to bring even more resources to them,” said YWCA National Capital Area Chief Executive Officer Monica Gray. “We’re excited to begin this partnership with McKinley and Eastern, but also diligently preparing to expand to more schools. Our goal is to secure funding to bring EmpowerGirlz to over 1,000 girls in the next three years."

Research shows that school-based programs are a powerful tool for closing the 'mentoring gap' - the estimated 16 million young people who have never had an adult mentor, structured or otherwise, in their lives.

The focus remains the same — to empower girls to explore, lead, achieve, and make the world a better place. For EmpowerGirlz, that starts in their own school communities.

At McKinley, the EmpowerGirlz encouraged their peers to STOMP Out Bullying. During the month of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month, the girls discussed constructive approaches to stop bullying, shared anti-bullying pledges with their classmates, and spread positive affirmations as they “broke the chains” of bullying. 


We couldn’t have made this important expansion of our youth programs without you. Thank you for supporting our work to empower women & girls to break through to the lives they want to lead.

Stay tuned — we look forward to sharing more exciting stories from EmpowerGirlz. 




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