Blog: Y-Aspire

Y-Aspire: Firing girls up for their future
18 February 2016

In 2012 I was approached to research, design, implement and evaluate a leadership and self-esteem program for young women. “Why a girls group?” This is one of the most common questions I get asked when I introduce the Y-Aspire program to young women. ‘”Why not?!” is my answer. “Knowledge is power,” I tell them. Becoming […]

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Y-Aspire at the Clubhouse

Y-Aspire – connections, confidence and creativity at the Clubhouse
2 July 2015

Each year, YWCA Canberra runs Y-Aspire, a leadership program for young women in years 7 and 8 of high school. The program offers a weekly two hour session for groups of up to 12 participants over eight weeks. Topics covered throughout the program include identity, skills and skill building, body confidence, relationships and careers. On […]

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She Speaks survey 2014

She screams gender inequality but is anybody listening?
25 November 2014

Eighty per cent of young women aged 15-30 don’t believe gender equality exists in Australia, while a staggering 88 per cent say that women experience discrimination. The annual She Speaks survey, by YWCA Australia and the University of Queensland, is the largest national survey of its kind, asking young women about their attitudes to and […]

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YWCA Canberra wins Mental Health Week award
8 October 2014

YWCA Canberra’s innovative Y-Aspire program for girls was recognised this week in the 2014 ACT Mental Health Week Awards. It was rewarded for its success in helping to prevent mental illness in young women, picking up the award for ‘Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention – Organisation’. Y-Aspire is an early intervention leadership program to support […]

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