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YWCA Cambridge Ontario
YWCA Cambridge
      Improving the Lives of Women and Girls
 
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55 Dickson Rd
Cambridge,   ON   N1R 7A5

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  Phone:  (519) 267-6444  
 
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The Young Women's Christian Association, a member of world-wide network, is a non-profit organization working with and for women and their families. Through proactive leadership, we offer high quality programs and services, advocate for social and economic change and work towards the empowerment and self-determination of all women.

The YWCA is a home and a voice for women and their families in Cambridge. For more than fifty years we have offered safe places for kids to play and learn, courses to help women grow and develop, and support and advocacy for those in need. Through our child care centres, women's programs, youth programs, community events and public action, we raise women's issues and work to end violence and poverty. 

LICENSED CHILD CARE

Our Child Care Centres offer a variety of programs, from preschool and toddler groups to full and part-time day care, as well as before and after school care. We can accomodate the best care for your child. Please give us a call at 650-0800.

DAY CARE

We can acommodate children ranging in age from 18 months to 12 years. Each centre provides its own mix of options, and all programs are fully licensed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Most programs are integrated for children with special needs, using support from community agencies. We would be happy to help you select the best care for your child. Please give us a call at 650-0800

Quality care and programming  for children 18 months to 12 years in a licensed environment. Professional early childhood educators provide full and part time care. An educational program following the Reggio Emilio approach to learning is provided.

Preschool Half day program for children 2.5 to 5 years that focuses on building a sound base for future learning; with an emphasis on socialization, problem-solving and self-esteem building.

LINC PROGRAM

The preschool program at Wesley United Church is offered in partnership with Conestoga College with federal funding from Language Integration for Newcomers. Children whose parents attend English classes enjoy a planned preschool program for 2.5 hours in the morning or afternoon.
 
SUMMER DAY CAMPS
 
The YWCA offers a fully integrated summer day camp with an environmental focus, at Shades Mills Conservation Area. Environmental camp is for 4-10 year olds, Survivor camp is for 10-13 year olds, and Girls Only camp is for girls ages 10-13. Survivor camp teaches actual survival skills for being in the wilderness- from edible plants, to building a lean to. Girls Only promotes healthy self esteem, confidence, and leadership skills. Environmental camp activities include swimming, hiking, games, canoeing, sports, and arts and crafts. This summer the YWCA offered a number of specialty camps including Canoe Camp, Grossology Camp, Outrageous Outings and Cooking Camp. One of the YWCA’s main goals is to encourage a greater awareness and appreciation of our natural surroundings. To that end, the YWCA provides ongoing, age-appropriate environmental education to all the children at camp
 
SMALL STEPS TO SUCCESS
 
SSTS is a vocational life skills program for women who have been chronically unemployed or underemployed and face significant barriers to employment, training and/or education.
It is a 13 week group program which includes a 3 week work placement experience. The program operates out of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.
 
ROOTS OF EMPATHY
 
Roots of Empathy (ROE) is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The program reaches elementary school children from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and runs weekly from October to June for a total of 27, 35-40 minute sessions.
 
S.T.E.P.S
 
S.T.E.P.S (Sisters in Truth, Equality, Power and Strength) is a program composed of twelve interactive workshops designed to support girls ages 8-14 in developing healthy equal relationships. The program is open to girls from different backgrounds and delivered in a girl friendly, safe environment. Girls are encouraged to make new friends, ask questions openly and receive honest answers, gain life skills and build confidence to enact change in their lives.
 
OTHER PROGRAMS

  • Body Image and Self Esteem
  • Pre school and Youth Enrichment
  • Adult Enrichment

COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
 
The YWCA offers, coordinates, and/or participates in a number of special activities each year aimed at increasing public awareness related to specific areas of interest or concern to women and their families. These include:
 
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

The YWCA coordinates a community committee that plans IWD celebrations on March 8th on an annual basis.
 
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

The YWCA is represented on the Region-wide coordinating committee that plans this march that protests violence against women.
 
DECEMBER 6th COALITION - ROSE BUTTON CAMPAIGN

An event that commemorates the 14 women who were killed in Montreal on December 6, 1989. This event promotes awareness and education around the extent and the seriousness of violence against women.
 
WOMENS SAFETY AUDIT PROGRAM - A TURNING POINT FOR WOMEN

A free service in which, when requested by a community group, a team of volunteers go out into a specific area of the community to evaluate and assess the safety of the area and to provide written recommendations for change.
 
WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARDS DINNER

Although this has become the major fundraising event for the YWCA, its primary purpose is to recognize and honour the accomplishments and contributions of local women in our community. It is an annual event and honours women in eleven different categories. Although eleven women are recognized, the YWCA tries to highlight the contributions that all women make to our community.

CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY BREASTFEEDING GROUP

The YWCA is part of a community committee that works to educate the community on the importance of breastfeeding, establish and maintain   breastfeeding support sites, and to plan and implement activities related to World Breastfeeding Week.
 
SOCIAL ACTION AND ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
 
This is a partnership between the YWCA Cambridge and the YWCA of Kitchener-Waterloo. The mandate of the group is to deal, pro-actively, with regional issues that affect women and children. This includes research, presentations to the Region, and education. This group has produced three manuals; “A Woman’s Guide to Rental Housing” and “A Woman’s Guide to Custody and Access of Dependent Children” and “A Woman’s Guide t Building a Girl’s Healthy Body Image and Self-Esteem”. All of the guides are free of charge and can be obtained by calling the YWCA or accessing them on our website at www.ywcacambridge.ca .From time to time the YWCA will be asked to participate on other community, regional, provincial or national committees, and tries its best to accommodate all requests.
 
YWCA WEEK WITHOUT VIOLENCE
 
An international initiative to activate and support practical and sustainable alternatives to violence in our homes, schools, places of work, communities and neighbourhoods. YWCA Cambridge works with YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo and YMCA-YWCA Guelph to offer a one day conference for girls (“The Power of Being a Girl”) in Grades 7 & 8. The conference offers a keynote address and four workshops that the girls can attend.
 
INTERNATIONAL WORK – YWCA NAUCALPAN, MEXICO    
 
In 2008, YWCA Cambridge and YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo joined forces to provide funding for an HIV/AIDS prevention program for boys at girls at YWCA Naucalpan in Mexico. YWCA Naucalpan is working to save lives from this devastating disease. With the funding provided by our organization they have been able to purchase a computer, a projector and written materials that have allowed them to better demonstrate how to prevent HIV/AIDS and the use of condoms. The program has been a tremendous success and they have now exceeded their capacity to respond. They are receiving requests from other groups and agencies in their community for the same kind of education program for their clients. Ana Maria Figueroa, President of the YWCA of Naucalpan writes: “All this while we continue with our HIV/AIDS prevention workshops at the universities, organizations, offices, schools and housewives because we believe the work should never stop if we are ever to combat this disease. Your financial support has been key to our success so far.”
 

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Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm



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