After School Groups

The Young Women’s Resource Center holds virtual After School Groups every other week 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.

(After School Groups for the 2020-2021 school year will be held virtually until further notice. The group facilitator will send zoom links for each individual after school group.)

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.

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Topics Covered

  • body image
  • self-esteem
  • puberty/reproductive health
  • healthy relationships
  • friendships
  • cooking/hobbies
  • peer pressure
  • self care
  • goal setting & achievement
  • healthy bodies/healthy minds
  • family relationships
  • dating violence


  • guest speakers
  • friendship bracelets
  • girls store
  • 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

Age group:

5th grade group, 6th grade group, 7th grade group, 8th grade group, HS group


Time, Day & Facilitator:

  • 5th: Every Tuesdays/Martes:  4:00 – 5:00 p.m.   |  Facilitated by Jessica
  • 6th: Every Other Wednesday/Miercoles:  3:30 – 4:30 p.m. |  Facilitated by Chelsea
  • 7th:  Every Other Thursdays/Jueves:  3:30 – 4:30 p.m. |  Facilitated by Irma
  • 8th: Every Thursdays/Jueves:  3:30 – 4:30 p.m. |  Facilitated by Jessica
  • High School: Mondays/Lunes: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (time may change due to schedule updates, tbd)  |  Facilitated by Frieda
  • Mariposa (7th – 10th grades): Wednesday/Miercoles: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Start date: TBD  |  Facilitated by Irma
  • Black Girl Magic (7th – 10th grades): Every other Thursday/Jueves: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Start date: TBD  |  Facilitated by Chelsea
  • Feminists United Now (FUN) / Fecha Y Horario se determinara pronto (9th- 12th grades): Every Tuesday: 4:14 – 5:45 p.m.   |  Facilitated by Frieda

The group facilitator will send zoom links for each individual after school group.


To register for an After School Group, please complete the following registration form.

All groups are filled on a first come, first served basis until the group reaches capacity. Facilitator will contact you when your form is received. / Todos los grupos se llenan por orden de llegada hasta que el grupo alcanza su capacidad. El líder se comunicará con usted cuando reciba su formulario.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Jessica at [email protected] or call the YWRC at 515.244.4901. / Si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda, comuníquese con Jessica en [email protected] o llame al YWRC al 515.244.4901.


Virtual After School Group Sign Up

Please complete this form to be considered for our virtual After School Groups.
  • YWRC conducts periodic surveys with our clients to measure progress and to make program quality improvements. / YWRC realiza encuestas periódicas con nuestros clientes para medir el progreso y mejorar la calidad del programa.


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