17 Enrichment Programs for All Types of Girls

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 girl 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!

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Go Girls! | Photo: 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' 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 Girls supports female-identified youth, grades 1 to 12, through the changes from childhood to young adulthood with day camps, teen backpacking trips, and a program for girls 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 >>

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This summer, each week of a Go Girls! at Home session aligns with the Culture Code: Week One is “Say YES!” | Photo: Go Girls!

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, 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 to be strong, smart, and bold through its many programs for girls entering grades 1 to 12. Website >>.

Girls on the Go Field Trip Camp: Campers ages 9-13 travel by foot, bus, BART, and ferries to get to exciting destinations. Girls on the Go offers spontaneous and planned adventure and peer bonding. View camp website >>

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Introduce your daughter to the Go-To Go Girl! Hannah Gavagan as she tackles tough & awkward questions that girls face in the real world. Hannah shares awesome tools girls can use to steer the ship when things get weird.

Go Girls! strives to ignite a compassion revolution by putting girls, ages 6 to 14, center stage. Using 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. Go Girls! Website >>

Go Girls! at Home is a virtual summer camp 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 >>

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 >>

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Albany's Play Like a Girl Event offers curious girls a chance to try many different sports | Photo: City of Albany

Play Like a Girl Bay Area (Albany). 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.  Website >>

REEL Stories When women & girls 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 >>

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 changes lives. Website >>.

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Visual and performing arts | Photo: Go Girls!

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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.

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