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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.

Welcome to My Life is an after-school program for grade 7 girls that we offer at select elementary schools across Vancouver. The program equips girls with the knowledge and skills to engage in positive decision-making. Through activities, group discussions, skits and a community service project in partnership with our companion boys’ programs, students explore a range of topics, including:

  • Self-esteem
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Peer and family relationships
  • Internet safety

How the program works

We deliver Welcome to My Life 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.

Our mentors share stories, personal experiences and advice to inspire and encourage girls and boys to treat each other with respect and get engaged in social and community issues.

We deliver Welcome to My Life twice each school year, in partnership with the Vancouver School Board. 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.

For more information, contact For more information, contact Elske Katz at ekatz@ywcavan.org | 604 895 5844

Check out how Welcome to My Life helps girls make smart choices: