Youth Services

Girls Exclusive

Girls Exclusive is a quality afterschool & summer program for girls ages 10-14 in Southeastern Massachusetts. The goal of the program is to empower girls by cultivating academic, social, and emotional learning skills such as teamwork, empathy, responsibility, initiative, and problem solving.

Activities include: computer coding, health and wellness, racial justice, financial literacy & entrepreneurship, women’s history, leadership development, healthy relationships, and more!

Join us afterschool!

  • Mondays and Wednesdays – Keith Middle School
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays – Girls Design Academy at Christian Fellowship Church
  • Tuesdays – Doran Elementary School

Interested in learning more? Call us at (508) 999-3255 or email GE@ywcasema.org

Funded in part by the City of New Bedford’s Invest in Kids Program, United Way Summer Fund, Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, CHT Foundation, the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, the New Bedford Cultural Council, Helides STEM Education Fund, the Hellen E Ellis Charitable Trust, and the Fall River Women’s Union.


YWkids School Age Program

YWkids is an EEC licensed after school and summer program for children in grades K-6. YWkids School Age Program is designed to offer educational experiences in a structured environment. We provide and construct hands on, theme based activities in subjects such as art, physical education, science, literature and other areas. We lead the children through the discovery process as individuals, partners, and as members of a group.

BENEFITS OF YWCA CHILDCARE INCLUDE:

  • EEC Licensed Program
  • Quality childcare for over 25 years
  • Income eligible slots & PACE voucher slots
  • Private pay rates of $19.55 afterschool / $39.55  full day
  • Transportation available for an additional fee
  • Educational, creative activities, and field trips
  • Healthy, balanced snacks
  • Attractive, brand-new classrooms & diverse curriculum
  • Care is provided by qualified, caring, experienced staff

Contact Andrea Davidson at (508) 999-3255 or adavidson@ywcasema.org and see what the YW has to offer your child and your family!


Mayor’s Youth Council

The City of New Bedford-Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) was created to be the eyes and ears of city youth in an advisory capacity to the mayor and city government. The Council assists city officials in the development of community projects from a youth’s perspective.

Members attend city council, school committee, and youth and neighborhood subcommittee meetings, and report back to the full council, increasing their knowledge and awareness of issues addressed. The MYC is made up of 25 youth entering 9th grade through 12th grade. Youth self-nominate through an application process and are then invited to interview for open positions.

Funded by the City of New Bedford’s Invest in Kids Program.

Interested in learning more? Call us at (508) 999-3255 or email Pam Pollock, Program Advisor at mayorsyouthcouncil@ywcasema.org


Youth/Police Dialogues

Youth Police Dialogues is a program that provides a safe way for young people and police officers to come together, speak quietly, and build trust. Broken trust between police and residents decreases community safety and can have devastating consequences. Despite a shared goal of safer neighborhoods, improving police community relations remains challenging, particularly for communities of color that have suffered consequences of this mistrust for generations.

Youth/Police Dialogues engages young people ages 13-20 and police support them to be invested and active change agents in their community for the long term. Over the course of six dialogue sessions, trained facilities lead a group of youth and police officers in voicing and addressing negative experiences and stereotypes and exploring how youth-police relationships affect community safety.

Funded by the Island Foundation and United Way of Greater New Bedford.

Interested in learning more? Please contact Pam Pollock, YPD Program Coordinator at (508) 999-3255 or ypd@ywcasema.org