Primary Prevention

YWCA Lancaster’s Primary Prevention program is designed to prevent assault before it occurs by focusing on conditions that reduce violence. These efforts are culturally and age appropriate, collaborative, evidence-based, and address multiple levels of society (individual, relationship, and community). Our program goals center around the education and behavioral changes needed to create environments that are free from violence.

Program Presentations & Support Groups

Program facilitators are available to address the following topics, and are trained by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). There is a fee for each presentation and reduced rates are available when more than one presentation is requested.


  • Elementary School: “Personal Safety”
  • Middle School: “Sexual Harassment”
  • High School: “Healthy Relationships,” “Sexual Assault 101”
  • Adults: “Healthy Relationships,” “Sexual Assault 101,” “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”

Support Groups

Sisters Program: Sisters is a mentoring program which strengthens how elementary school girls (Little Sisters) feel about themselves and the world around them. We pair them with high school Big Sisters who serve as role models and friends. The weekly program helps girls avoid the pitfalls of teen pregnancy, alcohol and substance abuse, and dropping out of school by teaching them about healthy relationships. Sisters operates in several Lancaster County school districts. Little and Big Sisters are carefully chosen by school counselors, then interviewed and monitored by YWCA staff to ensure a good match.

Girl Power: Girl Power is a program for adolescent girls designed to ease the transition from elementary to middle school. The curriculum focuses on healthy relationships, social skills, academic growth and community involvement. Drug and alcohol prevention is emphasized. Girl Power groups meet once a week during the school year.

Contact Information:

Mandy Kastner
Assistant Director of Counseling Services

4,014 children and adults

received preventative education in sexual assault

Mandated Reporter Training

(Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law Training for Professionals and Mandated Reporters)

Businesses and organizations that work or come in contact with children must provide their employees with Mandated Reporter Training. YWCA Lancaster provides on-site training that:

  • Defines forms of abuse and neglect
  • Identifies the role of mandated reporters
  • Outlines the mandated reporting process

The training is approved for Act 126 requirements of the PA public school code.

To find out about rate information, to schedule a training, or for more information please contact Mandy Kastner.

Contact Information:

Mandy Kastner
Assistant Director of Counseling Services