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.
Call the YWCA to find out when the next class is scheduled
PEACE (Positive Ethnic and Cultural Exchange)
After a brief recess, PEACE is back with an adventurous summer session! Join us in July and August to celebrate Eid, get outdoors, and participate in an ask-anything workshop on women’s health from a local physician. Upcoming dates include:
July 6- Eid Celebration & Culture Night. Join us for a potluck and party! Guests are invited to bring food to share that represents their culture.
July 20- Thorncrag Hiking Trip. The Women’s Walking Group is taking it to the next level! We’ll hike the trails and take in the views from the top. (meet at the YWCA at 5pm).
August 10-Tripp Lake Picnic. Come have dinner by the lake with us and watch the sunset. (Meet at the YWCA at 5pm).
August 31-Women’s Health Workshop with Dr. Paige Picard. Do you have a question about health, wellness, or the body to you’re dying to have answered? Come learn about women’s health and bring all your questions for a casual and informative conversation with Dr. Picard!
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.
Did you miss the PEACE Craft Night on June 1? Check out our photos below! PEACE participant and crafter extraordinaire, Katie Adams taught participants how to knit while others enjoyed making homemade scrubs and coloring!
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!
- 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
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.