What We Do

Programs & Classes

Women's Walking Group

The YWCA presewalking group photonts the first meeting of our Women’s Walking Group on Friday, September 9 from 4:00-6:00 at the YWCA! The Walking Group will gather for a potluck before the walk to get to know each other and discuss programming possibilities. Participants are welcome, but not required, to bring food to share. The group will leave from the YWCA after dinner and 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.

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 be open to participants of all backgrounds and will facilitate opportunities for women to meet neighbors who they may not have otherwise known.

For more information about PEACE programming or the Women’s Walking Group contact Natalie at nbornstein@ywcamaine.org or call the YWCA at 795-4050.


YWCA Summer Camp 2016

Register your child TODAY!


YWCA Summer Camp is a uniquely supportive community that values diversity and the interests and needs of all children. Kids have the space to take risks, learn through hands-on, creative play & build meaningful friendships.

Join us for a week or the whole summer! All children ages 5 to 12 years of age welcome (5 year olds must have completed kindergarten). Camp will run from 7:30am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday. (extended care available at additional charge)

$140/week for Members.
$150/week non Members

  • Weekly Field Trip
  • Swimming Daily
  • Themed weeks
  • Book Club Buddies
  • Apply to be a Teen Leader Junior Counselor
  • Scholarships Available

ART CAMP!  (Week 1: 6/20)
Become an artist in residence at the YWCA! Art camp won’t only be painting and drawing. Artists will use materials from the world around us-nature, odds & ends, and our own bodies to make unique masterpieces!

FARM GROWN  (Week 2: 6/27)
Discover your green thumb! Farmers will plant in the garden and harvest the rewards! We’ll learn about food, flowers, soil, and sun. And visit some furry farm animals, too! Put on your overalls and meet us in the dirt!

Do you know how to build a fire, pitch a tent, roast your dinner over the fire, or tell a very scary ghost story? The YWCA’s Camping Adventure will return to nature for a classic summer camp in the woods experience!

CAMP VACATIONLAND  (Week 4: 7/11)boys at camp
Mountains, beaches, and woods-the way life should be! Join the YWCA as we discover all that our pine tree state has to offer. Field trips in nature, local food, culture, and fun. Sure to be the Maine event of your summer!

MUSIC MANIA  (Week 5: 7/18)
Are you a rock star, a crooning country songbird, a classical virtuoso-or do you just like to sing along with the radio? The YWCA will be alive with the sound of music this week! Learn about making music and the different genres, make your own instruments, star in a music video, and have wild dance parties! This week will include a special performance from a guest musician!

(She blinded me with) SCIENCE!  (Week 6: 7/25)science
Satisfy your curiosity with this week of wild experiments, wonder, and play! Design, engineer,
create & learn! Maybe you’ll invent the next big thing or make a monster-sized mess. Scientists of all interests welcome!

SUMMER OLYMPICS 2016  (Week 7: 8/1)
What do every country in the world, swimming, track, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, and volley ball have in common?! The Summer Olympics, of course! Try new sports, learn about the traditions of the Olympics, join the opening ceremonies parade, and take home the gold!

Do you dive deep, swim far, and splash until the sun goes down? Undersea Adventure will take our wet and wild campers to oceans, lakes, and waterparks to enjoy all of the aquatic escapades that our state has to offer!

Are you ready for your close up? Enjoy the limelight at the YWCA’s week of exploring our talents, performing for our friends, and learning all about the performing arts. Singers, dancers, gymnasts, contortionists, jugglers, mimes, poets, comedians welcome. Join us and discover your talent!

ANIMAL PLANET  (Week 10: 8/22)animal-planet-134-1
Furry, scaly, slippery, big and small! Get to know animals of all stripes and learn about their unique lives, environments, and meet some special guest visitors of all species! Discover new things about the animals you thought you knew and meet the people that work to protect them.


  • Monday-Friday
  • 7:30am to 5:00pm
  • Contact us at 207-795-4050 for more information
  • $140/week for Members. $150/week non Members (extended care available at additional charge)

Line Dancing

Summer Hours for Line Dancing Class!

Line Dancing is not taking place on Mondays during the summer. (Will return after Labor Day)

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
  • This class does not meet during school vacation weeks or during the summer months.
  • 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.