EmpowerGirls serves middle and high school girls. The program is run in District of Columbia Public Schools and Prince George’s County Public Schools. The program is currently active in the following schools:

  • Browne Education Campus
  • McKinley Middle School
  • Eastern Senior High School
  • Girls Global Academy

Are you a current EmpowerGirl? We want to hear from you and how we can serve you best. Take our survey below.


During the school day, students meet for EmpowerGirls sessions – during lunch or other regularly scheduled periods. In addition, students meet with an assigned near-peer mentor during special EmpowerGirls field trips, or planned one-on-one activities. Mentors stay in contact with EmpowerGirls through ongoing communication to build authentic bonds and sisterhood.

EmpowerGirls focus on:

  • Career & College Readiness
  • Confidence & Self-Efficacy
  • Cultural Competency
  • Mindfulness & Mental Health
  • Advocacy & Leadership
  • Prevention & Life Skills


Mentor a Young Girl Today

Invest in a young girl while developing marketable leadership skills. As a mentor, you can make a difference in the lives of girls in the national capital area TODAY!

What Does it Take to be a Mentor?

  • Agree to make a one-year commitment as a mentor.
  • Spend a minimum of eight hours per month one-on-one with mentee.
  • Mentoring sessions can take place one-on-one, in the community, or during structured activities organized by EmpowerGirls.
  • Mentors are encouraged to attend all monthly special EmpowerGirls events, and communicate weekly with mentee to develop a strong and authentic bond.
  • Mentors go through an interview with YWCA National Capital Area, complete a criminal background check, receive formal training, and start with a program meet and greet.
  • Additional mandatory in-service trainings are provided to support the mentor-mentee relationship.

Ready to serve? Download the application below and return it to empowergirls@ywcanca.org.