Thank you to Go Girls! for sponsoring this guide to excellent programs for girls, female-identified youth, and gender-nonconforming kids.
Go Girls!™️ is a girls empowerment program — winter, spring, summer day camps, and after-school clubs — just for elementary and middle school-aged girls & gender non-conforming kids. By making theater, art, music, and media, girls learn the skills to love themselves and each other and make bold and brave choices in their lives and communities. Camps and after-school clubs are hosted across multiple school sites in Oakland and Berkeley. Find out more about Go Girls!
Go Girls! and many other East Bay organizations want to change the world by empowering girls to follow their passions and serve the greater good. There are so many wonderful camps, classes, clubs, and community spaces. Some focus on technology, the arts, sports, justice, and a bit of this and that, so we present these East Bay girls’ and gender non-conforming programs in alphabetical order.
Enrichment programs for East Bay Girls
Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is a gender-inclusive space where girls, ages 8 to 18, learn to play instruments, create a band, make new friends, experience fun workshops, and perform at a showcase at the end of the program. Website >>
Black Girls Code aims to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color, ages 7 to 17, to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. Website >>
Expanding Your Horizons conference at Cal is an annual, day-long event for girls, grades 5 to 8, with hands-on STEM activities and the opportunity to meet female role models and learn more about specific career paths. Website >>
Gaia Passages offers gender-inclusive camps and programs that focus on girls and those who transcend inherited gender binaries, for grades 1 to 12, through the changes from childhood to young adulthood with day camps, teen backpacking trips, and a program for children and moms together. Visit Camp Website to learn more >>
Girl Scouts encourages girls, grades K to 12, to gather under the leadership of a parent volunteer to master topics related to the great outdoors, financial literacy, volunteerism, and self-care. Find a troop of same-aged girls to join here >>
GirlVentures’ mission is to empower adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths. Through outdoor adventures that include backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing, GirlVentures brings diverse groups of girls together in a social justice and leadership development framework. Website >>
Girls Garage is a dream come true for girls and gender-inclusive youth, ages 9 to 18, who want to fuse metal and make something new. Fearless builder girls can come together for after-school lessons in welding or weekend workshops in visual and industrial arts. Website >>
Girls Inc. of Alameda County inspires girls and gender-inclusive youth to be strong, smart, and bold through its many programs for girls entering grades 1 to 12. Website >>.
Girls on the Mic (GOTM) program is a groundbreaking after-school training and mentoring program serving San Francisco Bay Area (including Oakland) girls and gender-expansive youth ages 11-18 from under-resourced communities. We offer free creative technology and digital media production training on a variety of topics. Website>>
Go Girls! strives to ignite a compassion revolution by putting girls and gender non-conforming kids, ages 6 to 14, center stage. Using theater, art, music, and media, participants learn the skills to love themselves and each other and make bold and brave choices in their lives and communities. Camps and after-school clubs are hosted across multiple school sites in Oakland and Berkeley. Go Girls! Website >>
SHIMMY & SHINE is a Go Girls! + Hipline Dance Studio collaboration to bring girls and gender expansive youth to the dance floor to experience fun, easy to follow along dance & movement classes, centering self-care, gratitude, body positivity, and self-compassion. SHIMMY + SHINE After-School Club starts March 31, 2022. Enroll now!
Go Girls! at Home is a virtual after-school program for girls and gender non-conforming kids, ages 6-14, to make art and media together – all while practicing the Go Girls! Culture Code, the highly effective social-emotional skills framework designed to help girls become their boldest, bravest selves. Go Girls! Website >>
The Intuitive Writing Project, Bay Area. Find empowerment through writing your story. For girls and gender-expansive youth. They also offer non-fiction writing and other coaching for young writers. Website >>
Julia Morgan School for Girls, Oakland. East Bay girls middle school, grades 6-8, with specialty camps in the summer. Aims to prepare confident, capable, creative, compassionate women of tomorrow. Website >>
Modern Sports, Oakland is dedicated to bringing together a community of people that enjoy watching Women’s Sports, works to empower women athletes, and strives to increase their visibility. Website >>
Play Like a Girl Bay Area and Try (it) Out (Piedmont). The Play Like a Girl event is aimed at getting girls, ages 2 to 17, involved in sports in a fun and supportive environment with several different coaches and lots of sports equipment to allow girls to really experience each sport. Try (it) Out similarly offers young girls a chance to try new sports, meet coaches and find opportunities in their communities. Website >>
REEL Stories When women, girls, and non-binary filmmakers are better represented behind the scenes, they’re better reflected on the screen. Reel Stories is training the next generation of female filmmakers with collaborative, hands-on programs, they’re creating a pipeline of young women with the skills they need to enter the film and media industry, and the confidence they need to succeed. Website >>
Rosie’s Service Corps The program annually engages 60-100 middle school and high school girls, transgender and non-binary individuals in year-round, after-school, and summer hands-on activities, community service projects, and career mentoring. Website>>
San Francisco Girls Chorus provides music education and produces performances for girls and young women, with programs available in the East Bay as well. Website >>
Science Adventures for Girls – Scientific Adventures for Girls (SAfG) is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that aims to increase the number of women in STEM fields by offering after-school science enrichment programs to young girls. Offers volunteer opportunities to individuals and companies who care about closing the gender gap. Website >>
SWE GetSET is a hands-on engineering and technology overnight camp for high school girls of underrepresented groups to show them that engineering is fun, creative, improves lives, and is an exciting career option. Website >>
We Wield the Hammer offers metalsmithing courses for women and girls of African descent because access, opportunity, and creativity change lives. Website >>.
Thank you again to Go Girls! for sponsoring this guide to the many excellent programs for girls, female-identified youth, and gender-nonconforming kids. We hope your daughter finds the right ones to ignite her passions.