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SHYFT (Shaping & Helping Youth Form Tomorrow) is a 12 to 15-week program for youth ages 8 to 12, and is offered in both girls-only and co-ed environments.

Media2Me Girl Power

SHYFT is rooted in our confidence in youth’s abilities to change the world around them. This program provides opportunity for discussion and action, by allowing participants to make sense of what they are experiencing externally and feeling internally. This program covers topics like body image, self-esteem, media literacy & pop culture, gossip, social justice & action.

The goal of SHYFT is to foster critical thinking skills and provide outlets for participants to create their own social-justice based media-arts projects. The program has proven not only to affect those who participate, but their amazing projects have had positive effects on the entire community! In the past, participants have collaborated to make social change through graffiti art, self-love space take-overs, post card campaigns and video projects. 

Please see our current program offerings for program schedule and location. Contact us to register.

Are you an educator interested in bringing SHYFT to  your school? If so, contact us.

SHYFT is funded by the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation. For a full list of our amazing supporters, visit our sponsors and funders page. Find out more about the benefits to supporting us with a donation!

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Monday-Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM
(519) 267-6444

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55 Dickson Street
Cambridge, ON
N1R 7A5

About Us

As a member agency of YWCA Canada, YWCA Cambridge is part of a national movement known as the country’s oldest and largest women's multi-service organization, the largest national provider of shelter, literacy, life skills, employment and counselling programs, and is the second largest provider of childcare services in Canada.

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