Each year, YWCA St. John’s hosts Power of Being You – an empowerment-based, violence prevention conference for youth. This conference is typically held in partnership with a local school and supports youth from ages 12 to 15 to build confidence in their leadership and critical thinking skills through the development of a stronger sense of self-awareness and awareness of others.

We originally launched Power of Being a Girl in 2012 which was followed by a parallel conference entitled Strength in Being a Boy in 2014. In 2016 we piloted Power of Being You (borrowed from our sisters at YWCA Regina) which created a shared space for youth of all gender identities to explore topics important to them. We hold Power of Being You each year during World YWCA’s Week Without Violence – 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 community organizations throughout Canada recognize this annual violence prevention initiative aimed at making violence a thing of the past.

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Past Events

  • 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