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Programs & Classes

Women's Walking Group


Women’s Walking Group: Thursdays 5:00-6:30

YWCA Central Maine

130 East Ave

Lewiston, Maine

The first meeting of the Women’s Walking Group was a joyful success! Fifteen women gathered at the YWCA for a potluck dinner, walked the Franklin Pasture trails behind Lewiston High School, and returned for dessert and more social time. After hearing feedback from our first participants, the YWCA is pleased to announce that the Women’s Walking Group will meet every Thursday in October from 5:00-6:30 beginning this week on September 29!

The Women’s Walking Group is a PEACE (Positive Ethnic and Cultural Exchange) program, a burgeoning initiative working to build community among women at the YWCA and emphasize cross-cultural exchange. This program was inspired by input from participants in the YWCA’s Single Gender Swim, a swim class designed to meet the privacy needs of Muslim women. The Women’s Walking Group and all PEACE programming will facilitate opportunities for women to meet neighbors and create relationships with community members who they may not have otherwise known.

The Walking Group will gather for light snacks and hang out time before the walk. Participants are welcome, but not required, to bring food to share. The group will leave from the YWCA to walk a 1.4 mile loop on the Franklin Pasture trails behind Lewiston High School led by YWCA Community Outreach Specialist, Taysir Jama. The trails are well-kept, safe, and private and provide beautiful views of our city. The Women’s Walking Group is open to all women in the Lewiston-Auburn community. Participants will be able to receive a free pair of gently-used sneakers through a generous donation from Lamey Wellehan Shoes.

For more information please contact Natalie at nbornstein@ywcamaine.org

or call the YWCA at 795-4050

Line Dancing


Line Dancing is on Mondays 10:30am – 11:30am

Cost: $3.00 per class

Denise has started another class on Wednesday evenings in our gym 6:30pm – 8:00pm .

Cost: $4.00 per class

This is class is designed to teach you the basics of line dancing while providing an opportunity to exercise and meet new friends! All ages are welcome!


  • Mondays
  • 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Taught by Denise
  • For more info contact the YWCA at 207-795-4050
  • $3 for each class

Little Sparks Karate

Phoenix Karate Academy in Auburn and the YWCA offer karate classes at the YWCA every Saturday morning. Classes are offered every six weeks. In Little Sparks Karate, toddlers are taught basic tumbling, balance, and Karate blocks and also learning good listening skills, how to follow directions, and taking turns. This class also teaches the concept of stranger danger self-defense.

Ages:  2-4 years

  • Saturday Mornings 
  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am
  • Six week classes
  • $50 for members; $60 non-members. Additional uniform fee
  • Contact: YWCA at 207-795-4050

Children’s Karate

Phoenix Karate Academy in Auburn and the YWCA offer karate classes at the YWCA every Saturday morning. Classes are offered every six weeks. For ages 5-12 years, this classes helps build self-confidence while learning self-defense techniques. A great way for your child to stay physically active, meet new friends, and learn valuable skills that they can apply throughout their lifetime.

Ages:  5-12 years


  • Saturday Mornings – (plus one additional class per week at the Phoenix Karate Academy Dojo in Auburn)
  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Six week classes
  • $90 for members; $100 non-members. Additional uniform fee
  • YWCA at 207-795-4050

Girls on the Run

The YWCA Girls on the Run team is offered annually in the spring through Girls on the Run Maine. Girls on the Run is a national organization that offers an empowerment-based running program for girls in 3-5 grade. Girls on the Run curriculum incorporates lessons and conversations on issues that are relevant to young girls including: body positivity, friendships, media, and self-esteem. Practices include conversations and hands-on activities around the week’s themes that are woven into running games and workouts. Girls on the Run is an opportunity for girls of all backgrounds to develop their own physical fitness goals in a supportive and positive group of peers and adult mentors. The YWCA offers Girls on the Run free-of-charge and funds the program through grants and donations. If you would like to contribute to Girls on the Run or sponsor a girl’s participation, you can give directly to the YWCA Girls on the Run team.