After School Groups
The Young Women’s Resource Center holds weekly After School Groups for young women in 5th to 12th grades in the Des Moines area. These groups seek to foster a healthy body and mind by allowing girls to participate in a variety of hands-on activities.
The range of topics covered in these groups is large enough to compete with the number of issues that affect young women at any stage. By discussing things like body image, self-esteem, puberty and reproductive health, peer pressure, goal setting, and everything in between, the girls are able to equip themselves with the skills to live healthy and happy lives.
- body image
- puberty/reproductive health
- healthy relationships
- peer pressure
- self care & hygiene
- goal setting & achievement
- healthy bodies/healthy minds
- family relationships
- dating violence
- guest speakers
- friendship bracelets
- girls store
- hygiene jeopardy
- letter writing & card making
- making smoothies & cookies
- past field trips: Blank Park Zoo, Monkey Joe’s, Val Lanes bowling, Climb Iowa
- hula hooping
- tie-dye shirts
- hygiene kits
5th grade group, 6th grade group, 7th grade group, 8th grade group, HS group
Time, Day & Facilitator
5th: Wednesdays: after school – 3:10 p.m. | Facilitated by Kahara
6th: Thursdays: after school – 5:30 p.m. | Facilitated by Kahara
7th: Thursdays: after school – 5:30 p.m. | Facilitated by Jessica
8th: Tuesdays: after school – 5:30 p.m. | Facilitated by Jessica
High School: Mondays: after school – 5:30 p.m. | Facilitated by Claire
To register for an After School Group, please contact the group facilitator by clicking on the appropriate group button below.
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