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YWCA Hartford Region, Inc.: Young Women Leadership Corps Summer Institute (YWLC-SI)

Hartford: 135 Broad St. & 151 Farmington Ave.


  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art
  • Career Exploration
  • Computers
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Educational Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Fitness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Music
  • Social Programming
  • Yoga

Ages Served:

11–18 years old

Areas Served:

Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Manchester, Windsor

Program Length:

5–6 weeks (1-week sessions)

Start Date:

June 27, 2022 (first session)

End Date:

August 19, 2022 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

9:00 am–1:00 pm Mon-Thu


Free - Participants are allowed to miss 3 sessions, which must be excused absences.

YWCA Hartford Region, Inc. has certifications for CPR/First Aid.

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More about our camp:

The YWLC Summer Institute (YWLC SI) is a free, five-week intensive leadership development program to advance the social, emotional, and life skills of teen girls and to prepare them for college and careers. The program benefits up to 35 participants  in  8th-12th grades, over 85%  of whom are girls of color. 

According to Research conducted by the Aurora Foundation for Hartford County (2019), Black and Hispanic girls are expelled at 5 times the rate of their White counterparts. The YWLC program utilizes Positive Youth Development (PYD), an intentional, pro-social approach that builds the developmental assets of youth by: engaging them within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizing, utilizing, and enhancing youths’ strengths; and promoting positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build social-emotional and leadership skills.

Aurora Foundation findings (2019) indicate that a woman in Hartford County without a high school diploma earns an average of $19,785/year, while a woman with a Bachelor’s degree earns an average of $50,380/year. Women of color face tremendous educational obstacles and barriers, attributed to a lack of quality programs. YWLC SI aims to disrupt the pattern of gender-based occupational segregation and economic insecurity by nurturing young women’s self-confidence, academic skills, 21st Century Life Skills, self-advocacy skills, social justice acumen, financial capability and career development in an environment with caring adults and peers. 

Girls and teens also need to develop 21st century life and career skills in order to succeed in the information-age. The Partnership fir 21st Century Skills lists three types: learning skills, literacy skills, and soft skills. To hold information-age type jobs, girls need to think deeply about issues, solve problems creatively, work in teams, commuicate clearly in many media, learn ever-changing technologies, and deal with a flood of information.

YWLC-SI is aligned with Hartford’s Common Core Standards, specifically in the area of language arts. The program supports Hartford Public Schools’ goal of enhancing students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills; skills that are critical for college and the workforce. In addition, the program supports the Connecticut’s State Department of Education Student Success Plan.

One of the unique features of this program is YWCA’s partnership with Aetna and its employees, with almost 50% of the program based at Aetna. Many workshops are planned and implemented by Aetna employees (mainly women of color), who volunteer their time to facilitate critical program components. Participants have the opportunity to interact with these professional women and benefit from multiple career-oriented opportunities.