Recognizing that health has many determinants the Y strives to create programs, opportunities and experiences that enhance community wellness. Health encompasses more than just physical activity. In its broadest terms, Community Health Programs offer inclusion, safety, respect, care, laughter and learning within a stable and supportive social network.

Power of Being a Girl

The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island hosts The Power of Being a Girl – a one day conference during the National YWCA’s Week Without Violence. This initiative provides young girls ages 12-14 with the tools to empower themselves and build self-esteem with the goal that participants will be better equipped to deal with the various forms of violence that may impact their lives.

Y Young Moms Program At Kiwanis Family Centre

The Y Young Moms Program offers safe, stable, affordable housing for 8 young mothers (aged 16-29) and their child under the age of 5. The program offers an opportunity to live free of violence and substance use. Staff provides flexible individualized support to women working towards their goals including parenting, schooling or employment, emotional and physical wellness, and connecting with their community. Women retain their independence while building resilience, skills and strengths in a community living environment to transition successfully to independent living.

Committed to serving Victoria’s young parent community, the Y Young Moms Program also offers a variety of programming that is accessible both to resident moms and the community. Our weekly free drop-in runs on Thursdays from 10-noon, with a healthy breakfast, playroom for the little ones, and a parent and child craft project. We also offer Food Skills for Families, Mother Goose, Nobody’s Perfect, Triple P, and a variety of fun and interactive workshops for our resident and community parents.

Services offered:

  • One-to-one counseling and emotional support
  • Group programming for resident moms
  • Parenting support
  • Interactive workshops
  • Resource referrals
  • Advocacy support
  • Accompaniment to appointments
  • Activity groups for children and youth
  • Weekly breakfast drop-ins


T: 250.382.1004


Y Pandora Youth Apartments

A safe and affordable transitional housing and lifeskills program for youth ages 15-19 with eight fully self contained bachelor units. Youth are supported to attain their educational, employment and wellness goals with the assistance of counselors. Housing support, lifeskills programming, nutrition and cooking groups, counseling, advocacy, and fitness are some of the supports offered.


T: 250.380.2663


YWCA Encore

YWCA Encore is a FREE 8-week exercise program designed specifically for women who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives. Weekly sessions focus on building strength and flexibility and include hydrotherapy, land-based activities and workshops. The exercises target areas that have been affected by breast cancer surgery and treatment, while the workshops provide relaxation techniques and information. Encore is more than an exercise program – it is a safe and supportive environment where women can share their experiences and receive support. Participants receive a YMCA-YWCA membership to use during the program. The next session starts on September 29 2017 at the Downtown YMCA YWCA.

Encore can help:

  • Improve mobility and flexibility
  • Boost self-esteem and self-image
  • Relieve discomfort associated with surgery and treatment
  • Reduce the risk of Lymphoedema
  • Minimize fatigue from treatment
  • Provide peer support

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