YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley

Girls Rise Leadership Camp


July 16 - August 10 | Monday - Friday | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM | $750 for full session $200 per week

Girls' Empowerment

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From Left to Right: The girls getting a tour of the Griffith Observatory, Having a conversation, Being the Assistant Camera Person for a Video Shoot

Girls Rise Leadership Camp's first priority is Girls Empowerment. Everything we do at summer camp is to make girls feel powerful! We discuss current events to help girls inform themselves about the world around them and how it affects them as girls. We watch movies like Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, and Hidden Figures that showcase smart, multifaceted, capable women of all races. The girls have workshops in STEAM, life skills, careers, culture, and social justice. Everything they need to get started on their journey to be a well-rounded, critical thinking, successful women is right here.

Life Skills

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From Left to Right: Sharing during Girls Circle, Lecture on Nutrition from the Pasadena Health Department, Hot Yoga

Growing up is more than just about academics. At the Girls Rise Leadership Camp, participants will learn skills that will help them become more successful, content, and balanced. Girls learn stress reduction techniques including meditation, journaling, and breathing exercises. Additionally, they learn healthy eating through workshops by places like the Pasadena Department of Health. A local bank may show them how to take care of their future finances with workshops on budgeting . Local fitness instructors will show them how much fun exercise can be with yoga, zumba, swimming, or dance sessions.

Most importantly, they'll learn principles of social justice and community engagement and the skills that will make them leaders in their community. One regular trip we make is to Pasadena City Hall where the girls learn about the history of the building and gain an understanding of how city government works and how they can get involved. Additionally, throughout the camp the girls learn the interpersonal skills they need to be heard including public speaking, conflict resolution, and team work.


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From Left to Right: Octavia Butler Exhibit at the Huntington Library and Gardens, California African-American Museum, Shopping at Olvera Street

Learning about the girls' own cultures and history as well as those of their home fosters an understanding of where they come from and how they can be more inclusive, fair, and respectful of other people. In recent years, the girls have learned about the Watts Uprising and the Workers Rights Movement at the California African American Museum and the Social Justice Museum, explored La Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Olvera street, and visited the Watts Towers. The girls also visit art museums to learn an appreciation for all artists and explore different styles. Past trips have included the Norton Simon Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, LACMA, the Getty Museum, Getty Villa, and the Huntington Library and Gardens.


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From Clockwise from Top Left to Bottom Right: Sitting in the City Council Seats at City Hall, Learning How to Put a Lens on a Camera at Art Center College of Design, Learning About Art Conservation at the Huntington Library and Gardens, Learning about Writing Captions for Art Exhibits

The knowledge we provide helps girls prepare for their FUTURE. During the Camp the girls visit a variety of institutions of higher education so that they can see themselves going to school after high school. Whether it is a community college like PCC, a trade school, a specialty school like the Art Center College of Design, or a 4-year university like CalTech or La Verne University, the girls need to know that these schools are within reach. As a result, they have the opportunity to choose to go where they are comfortable and feel they can reach the goals they set out for themselves.

Furthermore, the girls visit places of business to learn how companies work, what the day to day is like at different workplaces, and learn about entrepreneurship. These are as diverse as a shoe design firm, an engineering firm, a film studio, a magazine, or art conservation. In addition, the program brings in successful women of color to speak about their journey to success and how they were able to achieve their dreams . The goal is for the girls to see the breadth of possibilities available to them and introduce them to potential mentors.


Girls may attend 1-4 weeks. They do not have to attend the entire camp in order to accommodate family vacations, summer school, or other activities. You may reserve a space online before fully registering your child, but the registration form must be filled out completely before they are accepted into the program. They may not attend the program without a fully completed form, including supporting documentation for CDBG. The registration form can be submitted to our offices at 50 N. Hill Ave Suite 301 Pasadena, CA 91106 in person or by mail. Our office hours are 9:00 AM - 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday. It may also be submitted through email to Jomie Liu, our program coordinator at jliu@ywca-pasadena.org or by fax at 626-296-8434.
Please contact the YWCA for any questions at 626.296.8433 or jliu@ywca-pasadena.org




 Weekly  $200  Due the Friday Prior to the Week
 Full Session  $750  Due July 2nd
 Payment Plan  $375  First Payment June 29, Second payment due July 13

YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is happy to be able to provide full and partial summer camp scholarships to girls based on financial need and the availability of funds.For first priority consideration, scholarship requests should be submitted by June 22nd.Recipients will be notified by June 29th.Scholarship applications submitted after June 22nd will be considered in the second round of awards on July 6th if funds are available.