We help build resilience in children who have experienced homelessness and domestic violence. With age-appropriate programming for infants through teenagers, our comprehensive youth services reduce the impact of trauma, provide opportunities for healing and growth, and enrich the lives of children and families that we serve. Just one of our programs, GUTS! leadership programming for girls and gender-diverse youth is focused on positive mentorships, community projects and summer outdoor adventures.
Children’s Support Groups
Weekly support groups are offered for children in the community, birth to age 18, and coordinated in time schedule with support groups for adult survivors of domestic violence. The children’s curriculum includes therapeutic art activities and play, education about domestic violence, safety planning, and healthy conflict management. Support groups can increase self-esteem, teach safe and healthy ways to express feelings, and give children the tools to form healthy relationships. YWCA support groups for children and youth are based at the YWCA Program Center, one wing of The Meadowlark.
To learn more or register for children’s support groups, please call (406) 543-6691.
GUTS! Girls’ Leadership
Girls Using Their Strengths — GUTS! — is a community-based leadership and empowerment program for girls and gender-diverse youth, ages 9 to 18. GUTS! encourages young people to explore personal values and discover their strengths through wilderness adventures in the summer, as well as through after-school groups and service projects during the academic year.
We’re looking for volunteers to lead groups this fall, both online and in-person. Apply to volunteer here!
Offered during the school year, weekly action groups give participants the chance to learn and practice leadership skills in their homes, schools and communities. These groups discuss topics ranging from healthy relationships and body image to long-term goals and values. Groups develop and complete an action project each school year, providing them with the opportunity to utilize their individual skills to produce real results in their lives.
Fall 2021 groups will be held in-person and online. Groups are open to 4th-12th grade girls and gender-diverse youth. Deadline to register is Sept. 20th; groups start Sept. 27th.
Summer Outdoor Adventures
Led by qualified instructors, GUTS! summer trips help participants build strengths and self-confidence, and cultivate their appreciation for the natural world in an environment free from societal pressures. Summer outdoor adventures incorporate several outdoor skills such as backpacking, canoeing, farming and biking while introducing participants to the GUTS! leadership method.