Programs and workshops at The w

Offering free programs, workshops and special events for  cis and trans women and girls and non-binary & two-spirit  individuals
from our inclusive, safe and joyful space that we call The W.

GLOW REGISTERED ONLINE DROP-IN

Open to Cis and Trans Girls, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Individuals ages 14-16
Thursdays (ongoing) 4:00p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a group-led conversation each Thursday, where participants choose the topics that are most important to them.

To learn more about GLOW, visit our page HERE.

SHYFT aT HOME WORKSHOPS

DIY Scrapbooking Journals

Open to cis and trans girls, non-binary and two-Spirit Individuals Ages 8-12.
Monday, January 11 

By now, we’ve probably already been seeing a lot of talk about the year 2020 and the pressure to share our feelings about the past year.

In this at-home workshop, we will be creating our own journals that can be used as an outlet for the things we might not feel like sharing openly. We will chat about the messaging that is often presented in a new year as well as some of the current language used about saying goodbye to 2020. Do we feel pressured to feel the same way about last year as the trendy narrative? What other narratives do we often hear when a new year comes, and how do those make us feel?

Included in at-home kit:
Notebooks
Scrapbooking paper
Glue
Scissors
Colouring/writing materials.
Instructions and discussion guide will be provided and an optional Zoom link for those who’d like to connect with the facilitators about the content.
 

To register for a kit, contact thew@ywcacambridge.ca or fill out the form below. Kit deliveries and Zoom chats take place on the Monday date listed only.

At home baking Challenge

Open to cis and trans girls, non-binary and two-Spirit Individuals Ages 8-12.
Monday, January 18

We’ve all heard of Nailed It, the baking challenge TV Show. Well, we decided to create a SHYFT At Home kit inspired by this wild and wacky Netflix fave (since we’re still waiting for a new season!).
 
Often in January, we hear a lot of talk about resolutions to eat ‘healthier’; well, we like resolutions about enjoying more cake. Let’s talk about how food resolutions make us feel, and have fun getting creative with cake while doing it.
 
Included in at-home kit:
Cake mix
Jar of icing
Various decorating materials
Instructions and discussion guide and optional Zoom link to decorate together.
 
To register for a kit, contact thew@ywcacambridge.ca or fill out the form below. Kit deliveries and Zoom chats take place on the Monday date listed only.

Feminist history month

SHYFT At Home - March Program series

Open to cis and trans girls, non-binary and two-spirit individuals ages 8-12.  
Monday evenings at 6pm – March 1, 8, 15 & 22

pink background with illustrated fists raised high in solidarity and the text that reads Shyft At Home, Feminist Heroes

SHYFT is rooted in our confidence in youth’s abilities to change the world around them. This program provides opportunities for discussion and action, by allowing participants to make sense of what they are experiencing externally and feeling internally. Join us on Mondays at 6pm in March for a four week closed group for art-based activities and story-telling, rooted in our knowledge and ideas on who we view as feminist heroes. 

Here is what to expect from SHYFT at Home virtual programs:
– a FREE kit with all of the supplies needed to take part in the activity (contactless drop off within Cambridge)
– instructions and a description about the intention of the activity
– once you are registered, you will receive a separate email confirming your spot and the Zoom link – online times are Mondays at 6pm
– online program portion includes: time to check in with the group and 2 facilitators who will help to walk you through the project!

To register for the program or for more information, get in touch HERE!

SHYFT Subscription Boxes

3 months of at home activities!

Open to cis and trans girls, non-binary and two-spirit individuals under the age of  and not enrolled in a weekly SHYFT program. Only available to residents of Cambridge, Kitchener or Waterloo.

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Have you been missing our program activities? Maybe you’d like to join a virtual program, but you don’t have time or access to an appropriate device to hop on Zoom each week. Maybe you wanted to sign up, but the programs have been full, or you missed your chance. For all of these reasons and more, we have decided to launch The W SHYFT At Home….On Your Own, subscription boxes! How does this new feature work, you ask? There’s a one-time registration for a FREE 3 month subscription. After signing up, you will receive one activity in a box via delivery, once a month for 3 months. Activities each month will be based on an activity that was featured in the previous month’s program. Activities will come with instructions and a brief intentional description of how the activity connects to our programs. Subscription boxes are intended to be doable without a facilitator.

To qualify for a subscription box, you must be under the age of 13 and not currently enrolled in a weekly program. Delivery dates will be determined based on staff availability. Subscription boxes are open to those living in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo only. You must register for a subscription box HERE.

peer support drop-in group

Open to cis and trans girls and women, non-binary and two-spirit individuals, aged 14+
Weekly drop-in groups take place on Thursdays, between 4-5pm, beginning February 4.

Anyone else feeling like they need a little consistency?! A day to look forward to connecting with familiar faces? We do! And we hope you’ll join us in creating a safe(r) virtual space where we can lean in, talk about our worlds and experiences and ask questions when they come up.
Whether you’re looking to share your thoughts, looking for information about a specific need or just want some encouragement from folx who care – we are here for all of it!
This drop-in style group meets weekly on Thursdays, between 4-5pm.
To register, contact us HERERegistrants will receive a link to join the group.
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Stronger Together

Open to cis and trans girls, non-binary and two-spirit youth aged 8-13 and their caregivers.
Virtual program takes place on February 17, 24 & March 3 from 6-7pm.

This free, virtual program will take place over the course of 3 weeks. Each participant will receive a package with all the supplies needed to take part in the activities together! We will spend our time together chatting, checking in with one another and creating a hands-on activity that pairs with our theme of the week.

Weekly Themes:
Week 1 is all about healthy boundaries as we work our way through this time of isolation. Together we will create our own personalized banners!
Week 2 involves all things healthy relationships with a sweet activity that involves cake baking and decorating!
Week 3 is all about community care and self-care, paired with a fun DIY Sugar Scrub to keep for yourself and to pass on to someone who may need a little self care too!

This program runs on Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm, beginning February 17 for 3 weeks.

To register or with any questions, contact us HERE

WORKSHOPS

DIY JEWELLERY DESIGN

Open to Cis and Trans Girls, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Youth ages 11-13 
Monday, November 13 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join Abbie from YH Jewelry Design for DIY stamped necklaces, with the theme of “self-love as resistance”- share statements of self-love with the world, when often the world is telling us not to. Let’s chat about WHY self-love can be an act of resistance in a world that often tells us we’re not good enough!

AFFIRMATION PAINTINGS

Open to Cis and Trans Girls, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Youth ages 8-10
Monday, November 23 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

You know those social media posts telling us to be positive all the time? How do they make you feel? Are we allowed to feel other ways? Are there other thoughts and feelings we are allowed to acknowledge about ourselves? Of course! So let’s chat about affirmation statements- what are they? How do we use them, and how might we want to share them with the world. In this workshop, we will be creating paintings to include affirmation statements of your choice!

MEDIA WORKSHOP

Open to Cis and Trans Girls, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Youth ages 10-12 
Monday, November 30 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Do you ever look at an advertisement and think ‘WHAT does that image have to do with that product!?’ or ‘Will my skin REALLY look like that if I use that moisturizer?’. Join us as we look at common advertisements, take photos of products and recreate our own media posters and descriptions (this could be FUN!)

GLOW PROGRAMS

ABSTRACT ART

Open to Cis and Trans Girls, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Youth ages 8-13 
Tuesday, November 3 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

How do we express ourselves? How has that changed as we grow? Discussion will be based around expressionism, mindfulness, and how we can communicate how we feel through art!

FINDING YOUR HAPPY PLACE: AN INTRO TO MEDITATION

Open to Cis and Trans Girls, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Youth ages 8-13 
Tuesday, November 10 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Discover the peace and calm that can come from making time to focus on clearing your mind! Feel your tension melt away!

BEATBOXING & RAP WORKSHOP

Open to all genders ages 14-16 
Tuesday, November 17 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

Learn how to use the power of words and noise to create your rhythm and flow! How will your play on words let your individuality shine?

FINDING YOUR HAPPY PLACE: AN INTRO TO MEDITATION

Open to Cis and Trans Girls, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Youth ages 8-13 
Tuesday, November 24 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

One of the best ways to feel good about yourself is to wash up! Learn to choose which soap is best for your skin type, what to do about pimples, and how to manage your period. Free gift bag for each participant!

WORKSHOPS

STEM SCRATCH WORKSHOP

Open to Cis and Trans Girls, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Youth ages 10-13 
Saturday, November 7 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us on National STEM Day and test out our NEW iPads for this fun Scratch workshop!

mOVE WITH SHAFIYA

Open to Cis and Trans Girls, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Youth ages 8-10 
Sunday, November 8 and 15 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join Volunteer and Movement Instructor Shafiya as she gets us moving; with games! This is not your typical “exercise” class. We’ll be moving through play!

PREVENTING HARM

Open to all genders ages 14-16 
Thursday, November 12  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

We live in stressful times, and it is important to have healthy coping mechanisms in order to ride the waves of emotions that we are all experiencing. Learn ways that you can express your big feelings safely, and what to do if someone that you know needs help. Presented by Rondi McFarlene, Peer Navigator from Grand River Hospital’s Adult Outpatient Mental Health Department.
This workshop will be hosted virtually over ZOOM. 

MOVIE NIGHTS

GLOW VIRTUAL SCREENING

Open to Cis and Trans Girls, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Youth 14-16 
Thursday, November 19 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Join our GLOW coordinator Beth to watch a movie exploring the objectification of women in media, followed by a critical thinking conversation. This screening will take place virtually over Zoom. 

VIEWERS CHOICE

Open to Cis and Trans Girls, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Youth 9-11 
Friday, November 20  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for a movie of your choice AND Pizza at The W!

To inquire about any of our programs please contact us via email at thew@ywcacambridge.ca or use the form below.
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