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An award-winning leadership development program for middle and high school girls in the Carlisle schools.

About this program

What is Girl Power

GirlPower!, a mission-driven outreach program for adolescent girls in the Carlisle Area School District, runs from September - June. Groups are facilitated by YWCA Carlisle’s Youth Services Manager and Mission Impact Director. Middle school groups meet once each week, while the high school group meets twice a month. Program activities include education and career fairs, guest speakers, and occasional field trips. GirlPower! also addresses significant topics and issues identified by program participants, which include healthy relationships, body image, gender stereotyping, self-esteem, confidence, racism, personal values, and relational aggression. One co-facilitator describes GirlPower! as a “safe place for the girls to share personal stories and concerns.” She adds that the girls learn how to “cope and resolve problems in a strong and positive way.”

Who it is for

Girls in 7th – 12th grade in the Carlisle Area School District.

What we do

GirlPower! helps girls identify barriers to a successful adulthood, encourages them to stay in school, and empowers them to plan for their futures. We promote resiliency, healthy decision making, and encourage both personal and academic achievement. Each group meets during school time and occasional afterschool and evening events are planned to enhance members’ experience and growth. Girls enrolled set both academic and personal goals which are monitored throughout each semester. Guest speakers are also included to complement the program. Special field trips and parties are earned by GirlPower! members for positive personal and academic achievements.

How to get involved

Groups are open to all 7th-12th grade girls, referrals are also made by school staff members and parent/guardians. For more information, give us a call at 717-243-3818.


Lamberton Middle School, Wilson Middle School, and Carlisle High School.