Youth Outreach and Education

A- A A+

Programs and Activities





YW Girls is our New program!
For girls K-5th
3:30-5:30 pm

2nd Tuesday of the Month
(This will replace Gift & Bows and Girls Night Out)

This program will provide fun activities, crafts, and treats. In addition, YW Girls will focus on developing leadership skills and practicing thoughtfulness, empathy, and kindness towards the Hastings community!

The girls will create an item for themselves and one to share with others in the community.  We have Youth Leadership Academy for high school students and Teen Outreach Program for middle school and believe that elementary students should also have an opportunity to discover ways to give back in our community.

An afterschool snack and craft activity relating to the season or an upcoming holiday will be provided.

Girls In Action

Girls in Action is a girls only club that meets at Hastings Middle School every Wednesday. We have about 60 girls from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade join us during their lunch period to discuss important topics, play games, and participate in fun activities.

We cover important topics like healthy relationships, personal hygiene, self-esteem building, relaxation techniques, conflict resolution, and random acts of kindness. By combining difficult topics with fun games and interactive activities, we put Hastings middle school girls in action to succeed.

Strong youth leadership is an investment in the future of Hastings. Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) was developed from a HHS Youth Leadership Capacity Building Grant in 2000. Former Hastings Mayor Rick Sheehy and Cindy Strasheim, both graduates of Leadership Hastings, saw a need for a continuum of community leadership from 9th-12th grade. The YLA program works to enhance the knowledge and leadership skills of area high school students by motivating and empowering them to be committed to their community.

The YLA program provides an interactive, hands-on experience in which students focus on developing leadership skills and a life-long commitment to community service. Students have the opportunity to meet with community leaders from all areas of society and learn firsthand how youth leadership can make a difference.

All of the Hastings area High Schools are included: Hastings High School, St. Cecilia High School and Adams Central High School.

What Makes a Qualified Candidate?
Approximately 25-30 students are chosen by an Advisory Committee that includes school officials and community leaders, based on their application and two referrals.

To qualify for the Youth Leadership Academy program, a student must:

  • Be entering his or her 9th or 10th grade year of high school
  • Demonstrate an interest in and a potential for leadership
  • Show self-motivation with a willingness to contribute to the group process
  • Commit the time and energy required to participate in the program

Nine Seminars (September-May)
One half day class is scheduled each month of the school year. Each meeting includes a mini session on leadership skills, team-building and community service project planning time where students interact with community leaders.

Graduation in May includes a team report of the project planned and completed during the school year. Those who have completed one year of Youth Leadership Academy can apply for a second year to be an Alumni Leader if they will be in 10th grade.

Tuition for the program: $75 – covers operational costs and some food provided
Tuition assistance is available through a scholarship program. If an applicant would like to request a scholarship, that request must be made when his/her application is submitted.

From the graduates:
The graduates of Youth Leadership Academy sum up the advantages of YLA in three words, Food, Fun, and Friendship! They cooperate with students from other schools and form lifelong friendships as well as becoming official community volunteers. 100% of the graduates say they gained more confidence in self-expression of ideas and were less afraid to interact with adults on community issues involving youth.

group dynamics, team-building, social involvement, creative challenges,
passion and energy to do things for others


Follow the Youth Leadership Academy on Facebook

For K-8th grade girls and boys | June-August  | Download PDF Flyer


Glass Etching
May 28-31 | 9-11 am | ages 8+ | $40
Master the art of etching artwork onto glass in this fun and challenging class. Instructor- Larry Roberts.


Junior Chefs 101
June 3-6 | 9-11 am | ages 6+ | $40
Do you enjoy helping in the kitchen and want to learn more? Take your first step to becoming a junior chef by joining us to learn culinary basics and put your skills to the test. Instructor- Rebecca Woolsey.

Sweet Treats
June 3-6 | 1-3 pm | ages 5+ | $40
Have a sweet tooth? Learn to make yummy baked desserts, including decorated cupcakes. Instructor- Christine Quist.

Babysitting Clinic
June 7 | 9 am-12:30 pm | ages 10+ | $40
Are you ready to babysit? This class has interactive lessons to prepare you to make good decisions, solve problems, and handle emergencies while babysitting. You’ll also learn to make a simple lunch that kids will love. Instructor – Sally Wilcox.

Beauty and the Yeast
June 10-13 | 9-11 am | ages 7+ | $40
Want to see a monster turn into something wonderful? Well, come in and see the magic yourself! Learn how to make cinnamon rolls, pizza dough, hot cross buns and more using the magic of yeast. Instructor – Rebecca Woolsey.

Pirate Treasures
June 12-13 | 1-3 pm | ages 3-6 | $30
Have you ever imagined you were a pirate? There’s just something about pirates that appeals to both boys and girls. Come hear pirate stories, make a pirate costume, play pirate games, and hunt for pirate treasure. Instructor – Sally Wilcox.

Icky Sticky Science
June 17-20 | 1-3 pm | ages 5+ | $40
Want to learn how to make slime, oobleck and flubber? Don’t miss your chance to get messy with icky sticky science. Join us and learn the how’s and why’s of these simple science experiments and more! Instructor – Rebecca Woolsey.

Circus Parade 
June 21 | 9-11 am | ages 2-5 | $15
Everybody loves the circus! Come learn about circus acts, play circus games, enjoy circus treats, and make fun finger-puppets to perform your own circus at home. Instructor – Sally Wilcox.

What’s New in Painting
June 24-26 | 9-11 am | ages 8+ | $40
Discover contemporary artists, learn their still life and abstract painting techniques on days one and two, then choose what to paint on day three. Instructor – Jordan Ismaiel, Hastings College.

Patriotic Colors
June 27-28 | 9-11 am | ages 6+ | $30
Get ready to show your patriotic spirit at the YWCA’s 4th of July Parade. Tie-dye and decorate items in patriotic colors to wear or display in the parade. If you want a t-shirt, please bring your own. Other items provided. Instructor – Sally Wilcox.


Snack Nation
July 1-2 | 9-11 am | ages 5+ | $40
Get ready for your Independence day celebration with Snack Nation fun. Learn how to make new healthy snacks for home or camping. Anytime is a good time for snacks! Instructor – Rebecca Woolsey.

4th of July Parade at Fisher Fountain
10 am – 1 pm | All Ages! | FREE!
Join us at Fisher Fountain for games, raffles, food, and of course, the PARADE at noon!

We Scream for Ice Cream!
July 8-11 | 1-3 pm | ages 7+ | $40
Ice Cream, Sorbet, Smoothies- Oh, My! Join us and learn how to make your own delicious sweet treats at home. Instructor – Rebecca Woolsey.

Pottery with Nancy Fairbanks
July 9 & 11 | 9-11 am | ages 8+ | $25 for 1 day – $50 for both
Learn the basics of pottery and then create a masterpiece. Instructor – Nancy Fairbanks.

Icky Sticky Science
July 15-18 | 1-3 pm | ages 5+ | $40
Want to learn how to make slime, oobleck and flubber? Don’t miss your chance to get messy with icky sticky science. Join us and learn the how’s and why’s of these simple science experiments and more! Instructor – Rebecca Woolsey.

Tied up in Knots? It’s Macrame!
July 16-18 | 9-11 am | ages 8+ | $40
Macrame is an ancient type of textile art using knotting techniques. In this class students can make decorations, wall decor, jewelry, and more. Instructor – Karen Nepple from Studio K.

Edible Craft Creations
July 22-25 | 9-11 am | ages 5+ | $40
Trying to be like Picasso, but with a twist? Join us in making cute, colorful, delicious treats! Instructor – Rebecca Woolsey.

Mixed Media Art
July 23-24 | 1-3 pm | ages 8+ | $40
Try your hand at various types of art techniques, including painting, collage, and mosaic. Instructor – Kelsey King, art teacher at Hastings Catholic Schools.

Dog Days of Summer
July 30-Aug 1 | 9-11 am | ages 6+ | $30
Are you a dog lover? Learn how to make fuzzy cut-and-tie dog blankets and tasty treats that dogs will love. These blankets and treats will be donated to local animal shelter Start Over Rover. Instructor – Sally Wilcox.


Glass Etching
Aug 5-7 | 9-11 am | ages 8+ | $40
Master the art of etching artwork onto glass in this fun and challenging class. Instructor – Larry Roberts.

Call to register for classes: 402-462-8821. Hours: 9am- 4pm, Monday – Friday.
Class cost for non-members is an additional $10 per class. No refunds, scholarships available.