For many years, the YWORLD program has been largely funded by the United Way of Greater Greensboro. Unfortunately, we have been notified that United Way will not be funding YWORLD during this funding cycle, July 2019 – June 2021. We are unsure, at this time, about the future of the YWORLD After School Program.

As we explore options such as creating a new fee structure, potential fundraisers and other sources of funding we need your help. Please let us know if you are available to tell others how important YWORLD is to your student and your family. Does your employer support community nonprofits? Do they offer a matching donation program – you donate and they “match” that amount? Do you belong to civic organizations (Kiwanis, Rotary, Jaycees, etc.) that have community grant programs that target youth programs? Any connections you have we would like to explore further with you.

At this time, in order to commit to continuing the program for the coming year, we are implementing a new fee schedule. To participate in YWORLD, there will be a $15, nonrefundable, application fee and a $105 monthly fee for the ten (10) months of the school year (September-June). Fees will be due on the 25th of the month for the following month. There will be a $5/month savings for families choosing an “autopay” arrangement. If a weekly payment plan is necessary, the payments must still be completed before the start of the new month. We will have space for up to twenty (20) students who will be served with partial scholarships resulting in a payment of $55 per month. These scholarships will be available to families who receive public assistance (Medicaid, TANF, SNAP). In order to operate the program, we will need a minimum of twenty (20) students whose families can pay the full $100/month.

We will make a final decision about our capacity to move forward by August 1, 2019. If you want your student to participate in YWORLD for the 2019-20 school year, please let Monica know as soon as possible. Also let Monica know if you are committing to the full monthly fee or if you will require a scholarship. Current YWORLD students will have priority until August 1.

To reserve your spot, you must register and pay the registration fee. That fee is nonrefundable unless we are unable to continue the program, in which case your fee will be refunded.

We apologize for any inconvenience this creates for you and your student. We believe strongly in the positive impact the YWORLD program has had on students participating in the program and on the whole Western Guilford Middle School community and we are dedicated to finding ways to continue the program.

If you have questions or suggestions you would like to discuss, please contact Monica Bennett at:  540-797-1903 or Lindy Garnette at: 703-509-5339.

Thank you for your support!

The YWORLD Afterschool Enrichment Program has a positive impact on families by providing youth a safe, empowering space during after-school hours and offers parents an accessible alternative to expensive after-school care.

The Afterschool Program is only offered at Western Guilford Middle School.  Fill out the registration form and if there are spots available you will be contacted.

What is YWorld?

The YW Outcomes Realized through Leadership and Diversity (YWORLD) is looking forward to another exciting school year! The program serves students at Western Guilford Middle School from dismissal until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

YWORLD provides:

  • critical social and life development
  • academic support
  • sessions with themes that correlate with the mission of the YWCA Greensboro
  • activities, discussions, field trips and guest speakers.
  • Themes related to social justice issues, healthy relationships and civic engagement.

Each program day incorporates:

  • homework time
  • life development activity time
  • self-expression activities
  • specialized academic tutoring.
YWORLD activities include community service for the students.

Social Justice Mission

Participants look deeply into the issues that most affect them, find root causes and create solutions. Students are taught essential skills such as critical thinking, communication, leadership, self-expression and empathy. Participants often develop a greater appreciation for diversity, justice and advocacy.  

Healthy Relationship Session

Participants examine how to build and develop healthy relationships with partners, friends, families, and themselves.

They are guided in:

  • learning how to articulate what they want and do not want in relationships,
  • recognizing unhealthy dynamics within relationships,
  • identifying resources to address and deal with unhealthy dynamics,
  • learning how to protect their health, and future planning.

This session uses lessons from Vermont’s evidence-informed Youth and Child Advocate Manual, ETR’s evidence based Making Proud Choices and the CARRERA Program’s evidence-informed Above the Waist: Sexuality Education Beginning With The Brain.   

 *Please note that this session includes the use of a comprehensive sexual health curriculum 

Cooperative Youth/Civic Engagement Session


Participants are introduced to the concepts of entrepreneurship and cooperative businesses.

Cooperative businesses have been in existence for hundreds of years across the world in communities trying to solve their own problems and to create jobs. As the unemployment rate continues to climb for Greensboro youth, the importance of learning the skills needed to create their own futures is vital.

This session will include an introduction to democratic group processes, career planning, goal setting, and practical problem solving skills. We will use activities, videos and field trips to explore cooperatives in our community.

Step 1.

Register for YWORLD.