Middle school can be a challenging time for young adults.  YWCA New Britain's STRIVE program is a middle school youth empowerment program developed to meet the needs of female identifying and non-binary youth attending Slade or Pulaski Middle School. STRIVE, which stands for Strength, Teamwork, Respect, Individuality, Vision, and Excellence, is a program where girls can feel safe and comfortable, while still learning and having fun!

STRIVE will begin September 27 for returning youth and October 4 for new youth. More information for the 2021-22 school year will be available soon.


  • FREE in-person and virtual programming

  • Variety of hands-on activities

  • Opportunity to meet and interact with other girls with different and shared interests

  • Academic assistance

  • Safety precautions and protocols such as temperature checks, screening questions, mask wearing, social distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting to prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Opportunities to participate in community service projects

  • Discussion and exploration of issues important to young teen girls

  • Healthy recreational outlets including goal setting, gardening, cooking, fitness, and much more

  • Transportation provided from school to home

  • Snack and dinner provided

Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the YWCA, the school’s main office, or East Side Community Center.  You can also download an application below. Registration is limited, and a priority list is consolidated by the guidance counselors at the middle school.  For more information about the STRIVE program, contact Joanna Figueroa at 860-505-7495 or



Procedures & Protocols

YWCA STRIVE is OPEN! We are taking a series of precautions to protect our members and staff from COVID-19. Read more about the precautions YWCA New Britain has implemented to keep you healthy and safe in EnglishSpanish, or Arabic.


Meet Daeja

While a new school year presents challenges for all students, Daeja faced a tougher than usual transition upon entering 6th grade at Slade Middle School.

Succeeding in school was already difficult enough for someone with ADHD.  Daeja had difficulty staying seated and paying attention in class, and she seemed to be getting in trouble every single day.  Life at home was stressful.  She struggled academically, physically, and emotionally.  Learn more about Daeja's experience and how STRIVE helped her.


Meet Shihani

Meet Shihani, YWCA's new Youth Development Assistant Coordinator. Shihani spends her mornings planning activities for YWCA’s STRIVE and House of Teens programs, then spends her afternoons at the programs themselves. With a passion for social justice, she has gotten right to work on coordinating important activities for the youth like discussions on gender identity and domestic violence prevention. Read more about her here.

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