Live Y’ers After-School and Mentoring Program
Live Y’ers is an after-school and mentoring program that was established in 1992.
Serving an average of 225 at-risk girls each year, Live Y’ers is offered in grades 3 – 8 at two Evansville elementary schools (Glenwood Leadership Academy and Lodge Community School), both Title 1 schools where over 90% of families are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Roughly 79% of our participants represent racial minorities, and only 38% live in a two-parent household.
Most of our young Live Y’ers participants move on to Bosse High School, and our program is offered there as well. The program is unique in that we develop a 10-year relationship with our participants. This long-term relationship allows us to reach our overall goals for these girls of high school graduation, delay of pregnancy, embracing a drug-free lifestyle, and adopting a college-going mindset.
The grade school girls are bussed after school to our main YWCA facility, where programming takes place. The high school girls are served at the “Bosse House,” a repurposed home owned by the YWCA that is within walking distance of the school.
The after-school programming is both a supplement to the curriculum the girls get at school, as well as a chance to give the girls cultural opportunities they may not otherwise experience. In addition to after-school programming and beginning in 6th grade, girls are paired with an adult mentor, who meets with them at least once a month to act as a role model, sounding board, and coach. They continue their relationship through grade 12.
After grade 12, the YWCA offers a scholarship program that helps participants reach educational goals.
In 2017, Live Y’ers served 192 girls. 100% of our girls graduated high school, compared to Bosse’s overall graduation rate of 89%. Live Y’ers had a 0% pregnancy rate, compared to the national average of approximately 16% for at-risk minority teenage girls.