YWCA Muskoka is kicking off a new year of in school programs for kids in the region.
Starting in October the organization will offer three programs catered to both elementary and high school kids.
Girlz Unplugged will be offered at five elementary schools in Muskoka including Macaulay, Huntsville Public School, Muskoka Beechgrove, Irwin Memorial and VK Greer.
Girls from ages 9 to 13 will be able to build self esteem, critical thinking skills and friendships.
The program is funded through various organizations including Gravenhurst Rotary, Stephenson’s Lions Club, the Town of Bracebridge, the Township of Lake of Bays, the Kenny Foundation and the Terence Haight Fund in Gravenhurst.
For high school students there is Girlz Choice and Boys Quest.
Girlz Choice will be offered at Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School and Huntsville High School.
The program is 10 weeks long and offers teenage girls a chance to set goals, learn to deal with conflict in their lives, build confidence and decision making skills and helps them make new friends.
Girlz Choice is funded by CIBC and Beth Ward who raises money through YWalk for Women and Girls.
Finally, for the guys there is QUEST, which offers boys an opportunity to learn to deal with anger and frustration in a health way, identify health relationships and supports and deal with financial independence, stress and other life issues.
This program is funded by the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.
You can register your child for elementary school programs at the school office and high school students can register through their guidance office.
For more details on all these programs contact Stacey Schat at 705-645-9827 or e-mail [email protected]