The economic empowerment of women is key to self-sufficiency, high self-esteem and healthy self-awareness. YWCA Lancaster is committed to ensuring that women have the resources they need to support themselves and their families, and to end the cycle of welfare.

TechGYRLS is a hallmark program of YWCA Lancaster, focused on empowering girls ages 9 to 14 to pursue STEM activities and careers. Women, and particularly women of color, are under-represented in high-paying jobs in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. TechGYRLS boosts girls’ interest in these fields through after-school programs at elementary and middle schools across Lancaster County, and during the summer in a two-week day camp.

During YWCA Lancaster’s after-school TechGYRLS program, girls use chemistry to make slime, physics to create spin art, and engineering skills to design a candy catapult. They use computer programming to compete in their very own LEGO “Robot Olympics,” and they film and edit public service announcements (PSAs) about girls in STEM. During TechGYRLS summer camp, girls also explore non-traditional trade careers at Thaddeus Stevens College of Science & Technology, go on fun field trips, and more!

TechGYRLS Summer Camp 2018

YWCA Lancaster offers four two-week TechGYRLS summer camps, which take place at Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology and at the YWCA. Girls learn new skills through hands-on activities, go on exciting STEM field trips, and more!

2018 Sessions:

  • Session 1: June 18 – 29
  • Session 2: July 9 – 20
  • Session 3: July 23 – August 3
  • Session 4: August 6 – 17

The fee for each two-week session is $300. A sliding fee scale, based on income, is available. For more information, please contact Brittany Leffler at or 717.393.1735, ext. 260.  To register, fill out the 2018 Registration Packet


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In 2017,

99 girls

explored STEM programs

through our TechGYRLS

Summer Camp and after-school programs