Over 50% of Canadian women will experience violence at some point in their lives. Young women under the age of 25 experience the highest rates of violence. Statistics Canada (2018) also found that Canada’s LGBTQ+ community are more than twice as likely to be the targets of violence both online and in public than their heterosexual peers.

“Young women are most likely to experience the most severe forms of online

What is YSpace?

YSpace is a cyberviolence prevention program delivered annually to female, trans and gender diverse youth at local junior high schools and additional community locations throughout HRM. The program equips participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to safely navigate the online world, while encouraging leadership, building self-esteem, and fostering a safe and inclusive space where participants can be themselves and discuss issues that are important to them.

Program Details

YSpace offers weekly interactive workshops on cyberviolence and violence prevention, as well as an array of current issues that impact young women, trans, and gender diverse individuals. The diverse curriculum may include; body image, bullying and harassment, digital and online safety, multi-cultural awareness, healthy relationships, mental health, self-esteem, and much more.


Young women, trans and gender diverse youth in grades six (6) to nine (9), at participating locations in Halifax Regional Municipality are eligible for this program.

How to Get Involved

YSpace takes place once per week during lunch hour at participating schools. Programming begins in in every fall term and runs through the entire school year. Participants are welcome to join at any point throughout the year.

For further information please contact the Youth Programs Team at youthprograms@ywcahalifax.com

Palifax Summer Camp

What is Palifax? 

Palifax (previously “Galifax”) is a fun summer camp that’s all about learning about yourself, learning how to express yourself creatively, and how to advocate for your community and express your voice! This year Palifax is being jointly run by the YWCA Halifax and the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, and is open to youth ages 11-14 who are female, trans, or gender diverse. The camp is free and lunches will be provided. If you are looking for a camp for a young boy, please check out our GuySpace camp by reaching out to youthprograms@YWCAHalifax.com or registering on the GuySpace page.

**Please note: Submitting an application does not guarantee a place in camp, we will notify you about whether your child has been accepted or placed on a waitlist.