What We Do

Programs & Classes

Red Cross Babysitter's Training Course

This course teaches home and outdoor safety, basic care giving, safe play, first aid, critical emergency responses, and leadership skills. Each class participant will receive an ARC child and infant CPR certification upon completion of the course. This class is great for pre-teens and teenagers who are responsible for caring for younger sibling or those wanting to gain the skills to have babysitting clientele of their own.

ARC instructor Judy Emch. Classes are open to boys and girls ages 11-15.

The cost of this program is $75 for YWCA members and $90 for non-members.

This class is given several times a year. 

Please call 795.4050 to find the next scheduled date.

Introduction to Archery

The YWCA is pleased to announce that Introduction to Archery will return in 2017! This six-week course is open to girls and boys ages 8-17. Participants will learn about the parts of a bow and arrow, proper shooting form, and safety. For children who already have some experience with archery, this class is also an opportunity to further develop their skills. Classes are taught by certified archery instructor, Simeon Gray.

Classes held on Tuesdays

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm


Call the YWCA for start dates for next class.

  • Tuesdays
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Simeon Gray
  • YWCA 207-795-4050
  • $90.00

Women's Self-Defense Class

Self-protection is more than just self-defense.
It is awareness of your surroundings and potential dangers.
It is your attitude when threatened and confidence in yourself.
Sensei Sadie Landry has over 25 years of experience training in self-defense and martial arts.
Join her to learn simple and practical self-protection.
6 Week Class
Mondays 7-8pm
Fee: $60.00
Classes begin January 9th
Scholarships Available
For more information please call us at 207-795-4050
  • Mondays
  • 7pm-8pm
  • Sensei Sadie Landry

PEACE (Positive Ethnic and Cultural Exchange)

The YWCA is expanding our PEACE activities!

PEACE (Positive Ethnic and Cultural Exchange) is a growing initiative working to build community among women at the YWCA and emphasize cross cultural exchange.

PEACE is open to all women in the community.


PEACE will meet the first and third Thursday of every month.

(Except for December’s special Wednesday meeting!)

5pm-6:30. YWCA Central Maine. 130 East Ave. Lewiston


Nov 17: Friendsgiving Potluck and Post-Election Conversation

Dec 7: Girl Magic Group Cooking-Special Wednesday meeting

Dec 15: Archery Demo

January 5: ‘New Year/New Look’ Clothing Swap




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.