Over 50% of Canadian women will experience violence at some point in their lives. Young women under the age of 25 experience the highest rates of violence. In Canada, we know that assaults against young women account for 79% of the total cases of sexual assaults against children and youth.

We know that when you provide youth with support, resources, and a safe space to explore issues specific to them, they become resilient, confident, and eager for positive change.

We are empowering young women.

What is GirlSpace?

GirlSpace is a violence prevention program delivered to over 250 young women annually at eight community locations throughout Halifax. The program increases and empowers young women to take a stand against violence and its root causes, while exploring identity and building self-esteem.

GirlSpace Offers

GirlSpace offers weekly interactive workshops about issues impacting young women. The diverse curriculum focuses on violence prevention, and education; healthy living, and leadership; and empowerment. It also offers the chance to participate in YWCA’s annual peer leadership conference, and the option to enroll in a free of charge, all girl summer day camp program.


PowerCamp is a free summer day camp for young women to come together to address issues specific to them in a powerful action-oriented educational experience. The purpose of Power Camp is to offer a fun-filled, experiential week that will enable young women to discover and celebrate their inner power.


Young women and gender non-conforming youth in grades 7 to 9 at participating locations in Halifax Regional Municipality are eligible for this program.

How to Apply

Registration is from September to June. Young women interested in attending GirlSpace PowerCamp do not need to be involved in the core GirlSpace program. PowerCamp registration is open from May to June.


For further information please contact the Youth Programs Coordinator