Thursday, May 15, 2014

Registration Now Open for Girls Empowerment Summer Camp

Registration is now open for the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley's Girl’s Empowerment Summer Camp!  Camp runs from June 30th to August 8th, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and is held at the YWCA location at 1015 N. Lake Ave, Suite 205, in Pasadena.

The Girls Empowerment Summer Camp focuses on developing confidence, improving self-esteem, identifying ambitions, learning new skills, and empowering girls to dream big. Throughout the summer, participants will chart the course to reach their goals and realize their full potential through a series of empowerment workshops, community service projects, college tours, and cultural excursions – all while honing their academic and technological skills. This summer's activities include a scavenger hunt, cooking classes, beach trips, business tours, and life skills lessons such as money management, healthy living, and relationship building.

Fridays start at the Huntington Gardens & Library for hands-on experience with the master gardener at the Huntington Ranch, and include garden-to-table cooking lessons with local chefs. Senior high school girls will practice interacting in a professional setting and learn public speaking skills in a specially-designed docent training for one of the Huntington's art exhibits.

With the guidance of our new Summer Camp Director, Taos Glickman, girls enrolled in the summer camp program will develop the tools necessary to prepare for higher education and career aspirations as they navigate their path to adulthood. Taos has extensive experience working with middle school and high school age youth from diverse cultural backgrounds in a summer camp setting. She received a MA from Cal State Los Angeles, and has a triple major Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Amherst College. Taos has worked with youth and parents on topics involving gender empowerment, racial justice, bullying, and college transition issues.

Registration is taking place now through June 20th. The full session registration fee of $795 includes all camp fees, field trips, activities, snacks, lunch, and a camp t-shirt. Weekly registration is also available for $150 per week. There is a $35 non-refundable deposit upon registration that goes towards total camp fees. Click here to register online today!

Please fill out this registration form and return to the YWCA to secure your spot for this year's summer camp session. All forms can be returned by email at, or by fax at 626.296.8434.

Scholarship opportunities are available, but numbers are limited. Please call the YWCA at 626-296-8433 for additional information.


The YWCA would like to thank its generous supporters and sponsors: Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Rotary Club of Pasadena.

3rd Annual Women's Leadership & Networking Day a Success!

On Friday, May 2, 2014, the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley hosted its 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership and Networking Day. This day-long inspirational conference was held at Twin Palms Restaurant and Lounge in Pasadena. The Women’s Leadership and Networking Day provided the opportunity to hear from seven unique women who have followed their passions and utilized their strengths to reach their professional goals.

This event, produced by the YWCA’s Women’s Leadership & Networking Day committee, was chaired by Paula Stamp and Kelsey Szamet. This event served as a means of sharing wisdom and advice to empower women in their careers and personal life, as well as an opportunity to make professional connections with other women in a variety of fields.

“The energy in the room was palpable as 100 women came together to share, inspire and empower each other,” said Sharalyn Hamilton, Executive Director.

The event brought together over 100 women of all ages and stages of their professional lives: career women, retired women, young professionals, and students. Guests attending were able to network and share personal stories and insight about their varied career fields and future goals.

Thank you to our amazing guest speakers: Ursula Hyman, Rosemarie Pilpa, Melody Godfred, Phlunte Riddle, Michele Martinez, and Lilli Cloud.

We also extend our sincere thanks to our committed sponsors: PCL Construction, Gruen Associates, The Law Office of Angeline Chen, Salted Stone, Carmen Vargas & Christopher Garrido, Ellen’s Silkscreening, Pasadena Magazine, and Business Life Magazine.  Special thanks to Cam Sanders, our event photographer.