Programs at The W


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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!

TechGyrls is a 12-week program for cis and trans girls, non-binary and two-spirit youth ages 9 to 13.

TechGyrls is rooted in the knowledge that cis and trans women and girls, non-binary and two-spirit youth are disproportionately underrepresented in the STEM fields…and you can’t dream of being what you can’t see!

In this unique program, participants have the opportunity to explore, design, create and share all things related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Absolutely no skill or knowledge level is necessary to participate.

Each program is tailored to the participants’ interests in these fields, so each program is as unique as those who participate! Past activities and experiments include DNA/Forensics testing and extraction, building candy machines, ink chromatography, solar system exploration, chemical explosions, lava lamps and slime!


My Story →
"I finally feel like I'm doing real science. Like now I'm a scientist!" - Participant, age 11


My Story →
"TechGyrls gave me something to look forward to." - Participant, age 10


My Story →
"I liked TechGyrls because it was a time where we could share our thoughts with other people without being judged, all while doing STEM!” - Participant, age 13


My Story →
"I used to think science was too hard so I didn't even try...but it can be SO FUN and amazing, now I love it." - Participant, age 12


TechGyrls is funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Rockwell Automation and Soroptimist International of Cambridge. 


Other Programs

YWCA Cambridge provides supportive, inclusive and participant-led programs for cis and trans women and girls and non-binary and two-spirit individuals.


GLOW is rooted in the philosophy of holistic wellness. GLOW focuses on the 5 Dimensions of Wellness: physical, social, emotional, spiritual and environmental. GLOW is driven by its participants interests and skills, so each program offering is unique.

STEM Mentoring

Rooted in the belief that girls cannot be what they cannot see, STEM Mentoring is about more than just building girls interest in skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), it’s about building strong, healthy relationships with other girls and mentors (who just so happen to be amazing women working in our community in the STEM field)!

Safe Sisters

Rooted in the philosophy of holistic safety, Safe Sisters encourages participants to make healthy choices in all areas of their lives, empowering them to take an active role in creating safe environments for themselves.


This program provides opportunity for discussion and action, by allowing participants to make sense of what they are experiencing externally and feeling internally. The goal of SHYFT is to foster critical thinking skills and provide outlets for participants to create their own social-justice based media-arts projects.


S.T.E.P.S is about creating a safe space for participants, developing skills for healthy relationships, reducing isolation and increasing inclusion, engaging participants in critical thinking and strengthening leadership skills.

Small Steps to Success

Aimed at supporting women in our community, Small Steps to Success provides the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence needed to be successful in the workplace or in a school setting.

Get In Touch

Have a Question Or Need Assistance?

If you have a question about YWCA Cambridge, our programs or events, or simply want to get involved, please give us a call or send us an email.

Contact Us

Address: 102-55 Dickson Street, Cambridge, Ontario, N1R 7A5

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays & holidays: closed

Tel: (519) 267-6444 
Main Email:

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