For girls ages 9 to 12 years.

Offered as a school based program; community based at Moose Deer Point First Nation; and as summer week-long day program.
Girlz Unplugged is one of the longest running girls-centred programs running in Canada. For over 18 years, YWCA Muskoka has developed and delivered this self-esteem and confidence skill building program for girls in grade 5-8 across the rural region of Muskoka. Girls meet weekly with a YWCA facilitator to explore healthy relationships, self-care, body image, gender stereotypes, being media and internet savvy, through crafts, role play, discussions, laughs and fun. The goals of the program are to increase connection to oneself, others and community; develop confidence; develop critical thinking; understanding healthy relationships & building positive peer support.
We offer the 12-week school-based Girlz Unplugged programs in each of the public elementary schools in Muskoka. The programs vary from 40 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the length of a school's recess/lunch break. Information and registration forms for this program are distributed in the schools through school offices in September and January.

School based Girlz Unplugged programs are funded each year through several sources and the fundraising efforts of YWCA staff and volunteers: these include participant fees, individual donations, special events, service clubs, and foundations.

Girlz Unplugged is also offered as a uniquely-girls week long day program each summer in the communities of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville. The summer programs are consistent with the quality and content of the school base programs, with a greater focus of recreational opportunities. We welcome all girls age 9 to 12. Registration for summer programs starts in April each year. Subsidies are available upon request.

The Girlz Unplugged program is primarily funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation until 2020.

The YWCA Muskoka gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The Kenny Family Foundation Fund (a fund held within the Oakville Community Foundation). 

We also wish to acknowledge the financial support of  Kawartha Credit Union, The Town of Bracebridge and the Township of Lake of Bays towards Girlz Unplugged programming. A special thanks is extended to Beth Ward and supporters of the YWalk for Women and Girls. 


We love Girlz Unplugged because we get to be creative and make stuff!

It’s a place where we can say what’s on our mind.

We think that other girls should get this program too because it’s a lot of fun and gives
you something to look forward to every week.
Location: Locations and dates vary.
Start Date: 03-Oct-2017
End Date: 25-May-2018
Cost: $25.00
Phone: 705.645.9827
To Register: See Above or Contact Stacey Schat by email