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 425 Lafayette St.   Waterloo, IA 50703    phone: 319.234.7589    fax: 319.234.3462     e-mail: ywca@ywcabhc.org

Many of the programs listed below are offered at no charge to participants.
For more information on all YWCA Youth and Family programs
call Jessica Ruiz Hemmen or Jacy Chiaramonte at the YWCA, 234-7589 or
e-mail us at





Wize Girlz

  • Are you a Middle School girl?

  • Are you ready for a program that allows you to be a decision-maker?

  • Are you interested in giving back to the community?

  • Would you like to participate in a variety of recreational activities with other girls your age?

Wize Girlz is a program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls which provides positive activities designed to support and educate. Through year-round programming, staff provide varied group activities which engage young women in learning, recreational and skill building experiences. Examples of activities include service learning projects in the community, STEM activities, fun with fitness, visits to college campuses for tours and information to encourage goal setting, and field trips to local businesses and agencies to increase awareness on careers and higher education. 

Girls can join Wize Girlz at any time during the school year for only $10. Transportation, snacks and activities are offered at no additional cost. Call Taylor Beers or Cyndi Ritter at 319-234- 7589. 

Partially funded by the RJ McElroy Trust.

Summer Wize Girlz

A nine-week day camp program for
middle school girls in the Cedar Valley!

This interactive program encourages creativity and imagination.
   * service learning projects  * STEM exploration 
          * recreational activities    * field trips

Call Cyndi or Taylor at 319-234-7589 for more information.


(Parents Achieving Success with Support)

An education and support group for parents ages 20 to 30. Parents will meet others in similar parenting situations, learn more about educational and employment opportunities, develop strategies for self-sufficiency and positive parenting, and learn about child development and how to prepare their children to be ready for school. New opportunities include a monthly support circle to discuss needs and concerns in a confidential setting and a wellness component. Participants will be able to try a variety of fitness classes to see which might benefit them the most on a regular basis and they will receive information on nutrition, health and wellness.

 Participants earn attendance points to purchase family need items. Regular information groups meet second and fourth Wednesday each month from 4:30-5:45 p.m. For information on upcoming women’s support circles and wellness activities offered in the fall, please contact us.

No pre-registration for the program is required, and a meal/snacks, childcare and transportation are provided at no cost.

For more information contact Cyndi Ritter at 319-234-7589.

Partially funded by RJ McElroy Trust and the Guernsey Foundation.

Multicultural Services
Our bilingual staff provides services to non-English speaking families or those working with the non-English speaking community. Services include translation, interpretation, referrals and job assistance. Most services are free: some fees may apply.

Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Tuesdays & Fridays 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Please call 319-234-7589 to schedule an appointment. (Spanish spoken.)

 Partially funded by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.


Servicios Multiculturales

Nuestro personal bilingue ofrece servicios a las familias que no hablan inglés o aquellos que trabajan con la comunidad Latina. Estos incluyen traducción, interpretación, intermediación y asistencia con el trabajo. La mayoria de los serviocios son gratuitos. Se pueden aplicar algunos gastos.

Lunes, Miercoles y Jueves 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Martes y Viernes 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

 Por favor llame al 319-234-7589 para pedir una cita. (Se habla español.)

Subvencionado parcialmente por El Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.


English Class FREE!

Language, Advocacy, Resources and Support

For all individuals who are not proficient in English. Come and learn English together with others from the community. This group also provides community resource information, community activities, wellness information and group support. We provide free transportation, child care, and a convenient schedule.

Mondays 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Wednesdays 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Classes are ongoing. You can begin at any time. For more information, please call 319-234-7589. (Spanish spoken.)

 Partially funded by the Cedar Valley United Way, Guernsey Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. In collaboration with the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures, providing UNI students to assist with lesson planning and as conversation partners during our English classes.


Clase de Inglés - GRATUITO!
Clases de inglés gratis para todos los individuos. Ven y aprende inglés junto con otras personas en la comunidad. Este grupo también provee información sobre recursos en la comunidad, actividades comunitarias, información sobre salud y bienestar, y como grupo de apoyo. Proveemos transporte gratuito, cuidado de sus hijos, y un horario conveniente.

 Lunes de 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Miercoles de 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Las clases se ofrecen todo el año. Puede empezar en cualquier momento. Para más información, por favor llame a 319-234-7589. (Se habla español.)

Parcialmente financiado por Cedar Valley United Way, el Guernsey Foundation, y el Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.


Young Women on the Move

This annual interactive conference is held each spring and provides a day of fun and information for middle-school aged girls. Breakout sessions are designed to explore areas such as self-image, career, decision making and fitness.

Watch for announcements at your school or check with your school counselor.

Young Women on the Move is free for participants but preregistration is required.


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Revised: February 18, 2021