Each year in October, YWCA St. John’s holds two empowerment-based conferences for youth, titled Power of Being a Girl™ and Strength in Being a Boy™. Emphasizing violence prevention, the conferences respond to the needs of the community through workshops focused on a variety of issues, including self-esteem, healthy relationships, bullying, internet safety, and body image. These conferences provide fun and safe learning environments that foster opportunities for youth to engage in character-building activities and learn decision-making skills.
Power of Being a Girl™ and Strength in Being a Boy™ are held during the third week of October of each year as part of the YWCA’s Week Without Violence™, which is a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world. More than 17,000 people in schools, workplaces, and neighborhood organizations throughout Canada recognize this annual violence prevention initiative aimed at making violence a thing of the past.
2017 - YWCA held Power of Being Youth in partnership with St. John Bosco school in St. John's.
2016 - YWCA held it's first Power of Being You conference in partnership with St. Michael's Regional High School on Bell Island. We also held our annual community based Power of Being a Girl and Strength of Being a Boy conferences on October 23.
2015 - YWCA held its fourth annual Power of Being a Girl™ Conference and second annual Strength in Being a Boy Conference in partnership with St. Paul's Junior High
2014 - YWCA held its third annual Power of Being a Girl™ Conference at Holy Cross Junior High School, and also hosted concurrently the first Strength in Being a Boy Conference in St. John's
2013 - PBG was held at The Murphy Centre, CNA Prince Phillip Campus
2012 - YWCA held it's first Power of Being a Girl Conference at Marguerite's Place