Middle school can be a challenging time for young adults.  YWCA New Britain's STRIVE is a FREE program that provides youth development activities for girls 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!


  • FREE programming

  • Variety of hands-on activities

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

  • In class and after-school academic assistance

  • 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, field trips and much more

  • Weekly visits to CCSU to work with social work and anthropology professors and students

  • Enriching trips and outings to the theater, local colleges, and more

  • Transportation provided from school to home

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



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.

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