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Being Me

At the YWCA, we are committed to responding to the challenges young people face today: peer pressure, low self-esteem and navigating difficult choices as they transition to high school.

Being Me is an after-school program for Grade 7 girls in South Surrey. The program equips girls with the knowledge and skills to engage in positive decision-making. Through activities, group discussions, skits, art and a physical activity each week, students explore a range of topics, including:

  • Physically and mentally healthy lifestyles
  • Handling emotions and stress
  • Peer and family relationships
  • Analyzing media

How the program works

We deliver Being Me with the help of a team of intergenerational volunteer mentors. Two university/college students, one high school student and one mature mentor, known as a Wisdom Champion, facilitate and deliver each program. Each session runs once a week over nine weeks. The fall session runs from October to December, and the spring session runs from February to April.

Our mentors share stories, personal experiences, and advice to inspire and encourage girls to develop positive habits and coping skills to lead a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, contact:
Elske Katz
tel 604 895 5845
ekatz@ywcavan.org


Being Me is delivered twice each school year in partnership with the Surrey School Board. The program is funded in-part by the Peace Arch Hospital & Community Health Foundation.