Strong | Healthy | Empowered

SHE is a 14-week program for pre-teen girls in 5th– 8th grade. This program focuses on building confidence, making social connections, and learning more about topics relevant in pre-teen life! 

For the first hour, expert guest speakers come to share knowledge and skills with the girls. The speakers are invited from various Washington or Ozaukee county community organizations. For the second hour, discussion and activities designed for the weekly topic are led by our SHE facilitators!

SHE Focuses on growing an individual’s mental, social, emotional, and physical health through discussion, education, and skill building. The girls who participate build self-esteem and are empowered to create lasting friendships before entering high school! 

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Registration for the 2023 – 2024 SHE Program will open from August 15 – October 15. Spots are limited at each locationSHE runs cost FREE for all Y members and non-members!

Topics Covered May Include:

– Girls in the Woods

– Self Defense

– Yoga & Stress Relief

– Body Image & Confidence 

– Positive Free Time

– Money & Time Management

– Healthy Friendships 

– Giving Back

– Healthy Eating & Nutrition

– Mental Health

-Babysitting/First Aid Course

– Substance Abuse Prevention

Meeting Time

The groups meet every other week from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. This program runs from October – April. 

The exact meeting dates for each site will be emailed to registered participants in September 2023.

Meeting Location

We are excited to expand our SHE Program into Washington and Ozaukee County, including Kewaskum, West Bend, Hartford, Slinger, Mequon, Grafton, and Port Washington!

Each group will meet at the local middle school, except for our West Bend program, which will meet at our West Washington YMCA Branch, and our Mequon program, which will meet at Lumen Christi Parish. 


If you have any questions or if your school is interested in providing space to allow the SHE Program to be available in your school district, please contact 

Cheyenne Gilbert

Mental Health Manager

(262) 247-1052 | [email protected]

Madelyn Rohde

Mental Health Educator

(262) 247-1058 | [email protected]

Special Thanks

The Kettle Moraine YMCA prides itself on running the SHE program free of cost for any Y members and non-members in our community, and we could not do it without the generous contributions from our sponsors!