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Community Sheroes




A community sheroe is a girl or gender non-conforming youth who cares about injustice, equality and social justice and wants to make their community and the world a better place. It is important to them to stand up for what they believe in and to use their power to encourage others to do the same. 

Our world needs strong community sheroes. Does this sound like you? 

Community Sheroes is a FREE program for girls and gender non- conforming youth in Grades7-10, that want to create positive community change. This program nurtures leadership and team building skills, builds confidence and self-esteem and helps participants to understand and experience how to make real community change. This program Includes in-program time, on topics such as: change making, systems, social justice topics, leadership and team building. We also do field trips,  and community outings around social justice and change and volunteering the community. Lastly participants are paired  with social justice leaders and change-makers in the community for monthly mentorship meetings. Mentors will share their experience and knowledge around change making and work with mentees to help them understand, set goals and achieve their own change-making based on social justice/community change topics of interest.  All mentors/mentees are expected to have a strong interest and/or experience in creating community change and fighting for social justice.

There are three parts to this program for mentees.

Community Sheroes Programming- Programming happens once a month on the First Tuesday, from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm at the Downtown Community Centre (35-B Weber St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 4V6).

Community Events & Activities- Participants will be invited to do activities in the community as a group. Activities will vary but may include screenings of relevant films, community events with a social justice focus, tours of social service agencies or group volunteering. These opportunities will be shared on a monthly basis with participants and participants are encouraged to attend anything that peaks their interest and works with their schedule.

Mentorship- Participants will meet with their mentors a minimum of once a month. The time and focus of this meeting will be arranged between the mentee and mentor.


Community Sheroes begins February 5th, 2018, and there will be only one intake per year, so be sure to register.

Next intake will begin in December 2017.


If you have any questions or would like to talk further contact:

Jennifer Gordon- 519-576-8856 x 215 or jennifer.gordon@ywcakw.on.ca


We are looking for participants that have a strong social justice/ community change passion and are interested in learning from a mentor and being involved in the community.

If you are interested in being apart of the community sheroes movement as a mentee please fill out this form.



Mentor Information


Being a mentor for community sheroes means a commitment of at least one meeting (or 2 hours) per month and a year-long commitment. You will be supported by program staff at all points along the way helping to ensure your experience and your mentees experience is a great success. These will include group meetings with other mentors, training and on the spot support.

We are looking for mentors that have a strong social justice/ community change passion and are interested in sharing their skills and supporting girls in our community to do the same.

If you are interested in being a mentor for the community sheroes program please fill out this form.


This program is funded by the Astley Family Foundation







**All applications to this program will be considered and you will be contacted for follow up regarding your application. While enrollment is ongoing, involvement will be selected based on the submitted forms and space availability in the program.