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Life Skills, Educational Supports, Adult Allies & Peer Connections

What to Expect at YWeLeap

Educational Supports

Life Skills

Peer Connections

Adult Allies

Ready to take a leap?

Join us at YWeLeap to take your next big step! This program is for girls, non-binary and gender-fluid youth in middle School (grades 7 – 8) and early high school (grades 9 and 10).


Putman Family YWCA
52 Ottawa st. North, lower level youth hub.


Peer Check-in:
Whenever works best for you!
Drop-in space:
Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (come & go as you please!)
Life skill workshops:
Mondays during drop-in hours.

YWeLeap Programs

Peer Check-in

Drop-in Youth Space

Life Skills Workshops

Peer Check-in  

Our weekly check-in programming helps up keep connected online and puts the pressure of reaching out on us! We message you once a week, to “check-in” with you about how you’re doing. During Check-Ins we can chat, listen, provide peer and emotional support, help to problem-solve around issues you’re experiencing, and connect you with other resources in the community.  

How does it work? 

We offer Check-Ins over text, Instagram, or email. If you’re getting Check-Ins on Instagram, we’ll be messaging you from a specific YWCA Youth account created for check-ins.  Sign-up by DM’ing us on Instagram, or Register by clicking here

Drop-in Youth Space  

Come and relax after school and connect with peers at the youth space! Join us in weekly activities, do homework, play video games or just hangout. The space also has snacks, basic hygiene items and can help connect you to other resources.   

How does it work?  

The youth space is open on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 3:00 pm – 6:00pm at the Putman family YWCA located at 52 Ottawa st. North, Hamilton (lower level youth room). It is open to any young women or gender diverse youth and no commitment or sign-up is required. Transportation assistance is also available.  

Life Skills Workshops 

Need help adulting? These weekly workshops cover a wide variety of topics and skills that can assist in day-to-day life. Topics may include but are not limited to: cooking healthy meals, confidence building, stress management, financial literacy and more.  

How does it work?  

Life skills workshops are open to any young women or gender-diverse youth. They take place during drop-in hours (Mondays 3:00pm-6:00pm) and do not require registration. Reach out to our youth staff for workshop specifics.

Have questions or feedback? DM us on Instagram @yweleap_checkins or email one of our staff! 

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