Middle school can be a challenging time for young adults.  YWCA New Britain's STRIVE is a FREE program that provides youth development activities for girls attending Slade or Pulaski Middle School. STRIVE, which stands for Strength, Teamwork, Respect, Individuality, Vision, and Excellence, is a program where girls can feel safe and comfortable, while still learning and having fun! Girls meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays from September to May. Program hours are from dismissal until 6:00 pm.


  • FREE programming

  • Variety of hands-on activities

  • Opportunity to meet and interact with other girls with different and shared interests

  • In class and after-school academic assistance

  • Opportunities to participate in community service projects

  • Discussion and exploration of issues important to young teens girls

  • Healthy recreational outlets including goal setting, gardening, cooking, fitness, field trips and much more

  • Enriching trips and outings to the theater, local colleges, and more

  • Transportation provided from school to home- door to door

Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the YWCA, the school’s main office or guidance office.  You can also download an application here. Registration is limited, and a priority list is consolidated by the guidance counselors at the middle school.  For more information about the STRIVE program, contact Joanna Ruggiero- Rivera at 860-225-4681 x293 or

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