Programs & Classes
Green Dot LA
What’s new with Green Dot LA?!
Green Dot LA is hard at work building community! Since the initial four-day training in August, many of the newly-certified instructors have been creating presentations and workshops on bystander intervention for businesses and groups in the Twin Cities. Others are informally sharing what they learned in their own organizations, neighborhoods, families, and friendship circles.
Recently, Green Dot LA has held pop-up events at Starbucks in Auburn and Simones’ Hot Dog Stand in Lewiston. Group members wear their Green Dot LA teachers in order to spark conversation about the Green Dot movement and their work to prevent harassment, assault, and domestic and partner violence. Stay tuned for the official launch of Green Dot LA in 2018! In the meantime, you can stay updated with all things Green Dot LA at our facebook page! Just search: @greendotla or visit: https://www.facebook.com/greendotlewistonauburn/
What is Green Dot LA?!
Green Dot Lewiston-Auburn is a group of local volunteers who are committed to making our Twin Cities community a better and safer place by teaching strategies for safe and effective responses to hurtful and hateful words and behaviors. In response to several incidents of anti-immigrant harassment in 2016, a non-partisan group of Lewiston and Auburn residents began meeting to discuss ways to support their community at a time of increased public hostility. This group, the Community of Kindness, partnered with YWCA Central Maine to engage Green Dot, an internationally respected leader in bystander training. Following three days of focus groups conducted by Green Dot to learn more about our community, Green Dot customized a four-day instructor training completed by 46 participants in August 2017.
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.
February 19th & 20th
8:30am to 3:30pm
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.
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.