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Power of Being YOU

Helping female identifying youth in our community realize there is power in being YOU.

The YMCA of Three Rivers is proud to offer a community conference called Power of Being YOU to young female identifying youth in Guelph-Wellington. This is a YWCA signature event has been delivered in our Guelph community 11 times (and counting). Over the years this conference has helped thousands of young women realize there is power in being YOU. We are proud to partner with the YWCA to continue to provide this important event.

Overview and Goals

For most young women, the teenage years often represent a difficult and challenging phase. The YMCA of Three Rivers Power of Being YOU Conference brings together 200 female identifying youth from grades 7 and 8 to discuss matters that affect girls and young women. The goal is to ensure that participants leave the day feeling fully supported, empowered and with the self-confidence to be themselves. ​Our participants will:

  • Be encouraged to succeed by our keynote speaker. Ilona Dougherty co-founded Apathy is Boring, is one of Canada's top 100 most powerful women, and one of many young fem-advocates who will support participants to achieve their dreams and become powerful beings.

  • Learn about nutrition and sustainability in their community.

  • Take part in a powerful group discussion focused on mindful social media use.

  • Laugh in an empowering improv workshop, and sweat and get their grove on in active workshops like Afro-Tribal Dancing, where they will learn new ways to stay physically active while having fun.

  • Share ideas and experiences with a local specialist focused on building up a strong, positive perspective on personal body image.

  • Make healthy choices for everyday life in spirit, mind and body.

  • Become strong and vibrant.

Power of Being YOU 2023

We're excited to be bringing back the Power of Being YOU conference in Fall 2023 on Wednesday October 18th 2023 at Lakeside Church, 7654 Conservation Rd, Guelph. Registration information is coming soon.

Reach out to Charlotte by email if you have any questions.

2023 Keynote Speaker:

Ilona Dougherty Managing Director

Youth & Innovation Project, University of Waterloo

Ilona is the Co-creator and Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo. She is an award-winning social innovator and a regular voice in the Canadian media advising business, civil society and government on how they can tap into the value and unique abilities of young people. She has extensive leadership and governance experience having co-founded several successful organizations. In 2004, she Co-founded Apathy is Boring, a non-partisan social enterprise that educates Canadian youth about democracy and encourages them to vote. Ilona is a PhD student in political science at the University of Waterloo, a speaker with the Speaker Spotlight agency and an Ashoka Fellow.

Power of Being YOU is supported by:

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