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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, STEAM 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. Wize Girlz is free! Snacks and activities are offered at no additional cost.

Call Jessica Ruiz Hemmen at 319-234-7589 ext 228 or Kaylee Thoma at 319-234-7589 ext 229.

Transportation to the YWCA after school will be provided by the Waterloo Schools. Parents will be responsible for picking up their daughter at the YWCA promptly at 4:30pm at the end of programming.

Partially funded by the RJ McElroy Trust.


Summer Wize Girlz

A fun, free summer program for girls entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grades.

"The Gout Museum District is thrilled to be parterning with the YWCA Wize Girls Program! The GMD will provide weekly activities this summer, each one focusing on a different aspect of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). We believe in making learning fun and engaging, and each of these will be just that. There will be engaging activities, zany experiments, and exciting science demonstrations! This will certainly be a program you DON'T want to miss!" Carrsan T. Morrissey, Director of Programming & Outreach at Grout Museum District

Summer Wize Girlz is an interactive program for middle-school age girls. Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00pm, during the summer. Building on our school year Wize Girls program, our summer program will encourage creativity, imagination, learning, and fun. Examples of activities include: service learning projects, STEAM activities through a partnership with Grout Museum, fun with fitness, goal setting, information from college campuses on higher learning and speakers from local businesses and agencies on careers.

Summer Wize Girls is free! Lunch, snacks, and transportation are included. Participants may sigh up for one week or all eight.

Pre-registration is required! Registration dates for 2023 will be posted soon!

Call Jessica Ruiz Hemmen at 319-234-7589 ext 228 or Kaylee Thoma at 319-234-7589 ext. 229

Partially funded by the RJ McElroy Trust and Cedar Valley United Way.

(Parents Achieving Success with Support)

An education and support group for parents ages 20 to 35. 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. Transportation is provided at no cost. Participants also earn attendance points to purchase family need items.

PASS is currently meeting!!

  2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 4:30 pm-5:45 pm

 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.

For more information contact Jessica Ruiz Hemmen at 319-234-7589 ext 228.

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.

  Please feel free to call Melissa Villa at 319-234-7589 ext 240 or call     the YWCA at 319-234-7589 to make and appointment. 


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 cuotas.

Para servicios y ayuda, llame a Subdirecter de Servicios Multiculturales al 319-234-7589, ext 240.

 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.

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

Mondays        6:15-7:30  pm                                                                 
Wednesday  6:15 - 7:30 pm


 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           6:15-7:30 pm

Miercoles   6:15 - 7:30 pm

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 Guernsey Foundation, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa y Cedar Valley United Way. En colaboración con el Departamento de Lenguas y Literaturas de UNI, que proporciona a los estudiantes de UNI para ayudar con nuestras clase de inglés con planificación de clases, así como compañeros de conversación durante nuestras clases de inglés.

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.

Due to Covid-19 and to ensure the health and safety of participants, Young Women on the Move will not be held this year (Spring 2022). Please watch for information as we plan for this fun and informative event to be held in the spring of 2023.


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Revised: November 10, 2022