Strong | Healthy | Empowered

SHE (previously known as It’s A Girl Thing) is a 14-week program for female-identifying individuals in 6th – 8th grade. This program focuses on building confidence, making social connections, and learning more about topics becoming more relevant in pre-teen life! Each group meets for two hours every other week to explore a different theme. Groups are run by two Y Facilitators, who are often counselors or teachers. In the first hour, guest speakers are invited from various Washington or Ozaukee County community organizations who are experts in their given topics to share knowledge and skills with the girls. The second hour focuses on discussion and activities led by our facilitators. Each group holds a maximum of 20 girls.

SHE focuses on growing an individual’s mental, social, and physical health through discussion, education, and skill building. The girls can build self-esteem, feel empowered and create lasting friendships before entering high school.


Registration for the 2022 – 2023 SHE Program will open from August 15 – October 15. Spots are limited at each locationSHE runs cost FREE for all Y members and non-members!

Topics Covered May Include:

– Girls in the Woods

– Self Defense

– Yoga & Stress Relief

– Body Image & Confidence 

– Positive Free Time

– Money & Time Management

– Healthy Friendships 

– Giving Back

– Healthy Eating & Nutrition

– Mental Health

-Babysitting/First Aid Course

– Substance Abuse Prevention

Meeting Time

The groups meet every other week from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. This program runs from October – April. 

The exact meeting dates for each site will be emailed to registered participants in September 2022.

Meeting Location

We are excited to be expanding our SHE Program into both Washington and Ozaukee County including Kewaskum, West Bend, Hartford, Slinger, Port Washington, and Cedarburg. 

Each group will meet at each location’s middle school, with the exception of West Bend, they will be meeting at our West Washington Branch.


If you have any questions or if your school is interested in providing space to allow the SHE Program to be available in your school district, please contact 

Cheyenne Gilbert

Mental Health Manager

(262)247-1052 | [email protected]

Madelyn Rohde

Mental Health Educator

(262) 247-1058 | [email protected]

Special Thanks

The Kettle Moraine YMCA prides itself on running the SHE program free of cost for any Y members and non-members in our community, and we could not do it without the generous contributions from our sponsors!