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! For the 2020-21 school year, cohorts will be limited to 14 girls.


  • FREE programming

  • Variety of hands-on activities

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

  • 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, 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



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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