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. 

Next class is June 11 & 18

Register your teen today!


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 207-795-4050 to find out when our next class begins.

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

PEACE (Positive Ethnic and Cultural Exchange)

PEACE (Positive Ethnic and Cultural Exchange) is a YWCA initiative working to build community among women while emphasizing cross cultural exchange. The program fosters transformative friendships through social gatherings, health and wellness programming, art workshops, and issue-based dialogue in a women-only space. Recent PEACE sessions have included archery, a clothing swap, a racial justice and healthcare dialogue, screen printing, and a hip hop dance class! PEACE meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 5pm-6:30 at the YWCA.

Upcoming PEACE programming dates:

April 7: Women’s Movement and Meditation Class.

PEACE presents a special class with yoga instructor, Maria Sanchez. We will learn about breathing, stretching, and movement techniques to heal your body and release stress at the end of a long week!


April 20: Spa and Self-Care Night.

Come relax with us and share your techniques for self-care! Spa night may include henna by a local artist, massage, nail painting station, and makeup tutorials.


May 4: Cultural Celebration Night.

Join us for food, fashion, and music celebrating the many cultures of PEACE women. Bring a dish to share, item, or story that represents what your culture means to you. Potluck dinner will be provided.


May 18: Women’s Walking Group Spring Meeting

Women’s Walking Group is back! We’ll go on our first walk of the spring around the Franklin pasture trails. PEACE will provide snacks, water, and shoes for those in need of a good pair of sneakers.

PEACE was recently profiled in the Maine Community Foundation’s newsletter, Maine Ties. Read our story here:





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.