Program Manual

The program manual provides a brief overview of the role of the mentor and the mentee, and will guide new participants in their role. The role of a mentor Mentors: The volunteers who will be matched with mentees in the program (older girls/women). Mentees: The youth who will participate in the program and who will…

100 Shades of Black: Understanding colourism

In this workshop we celebrate the beauty that exists in all shades of brown and highlight the importance of young Black women uniting. This workshop is to educate girls on the impacts of colourism in their daily lives, and spread awareness on the importance of solidarity to appreciate and encompass all shades of brown.  Colourism…

Coping with Stigma

Experiences of discrimination are very common amongst Black, Indigenous and Women of colour. Stigma can impede help-seeking and recovery, it can be a threat to social identity. We can cope with stigma by seeking guidance, educating others and challenging others about their stigmatizing attitudes and behaviours. This workshop will talk about the ways to cope…

Social Justice

“Black women are often overlooked in people’s conversations about racism and sexism even though they face a unique combination of both of these forms of discrimination simultaneously,” Stewart Coles This workshop is based on social justice, issues, definition, and mechanisms. The workshop will describe the inclusivity and equal representation of everyone, regardless of their race,…

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

According to the 2010-2012 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nationally, 45% of Black women experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The same survey found that 40% of Black men experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/ or stalking by an intimate partner in their…

Coping with Social and Cultural Isolation

According to Terhune, 2008, research findings revealed that women felt socially and culturally isolated and the need for support networks and positive racial socialization messages. Findings also reinforced the effect of class and the danger of homogenizing Black women’s experiences. This workshop will focus on emotional health as an important domain of our overall well-being….

Mindfulness

People of colour experience a disproportionate rate of stress-related health conditions due to various reasons compared to privileged population. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to be effective for managing stress and various stress-related health conditions. The importance of being still The workshop will focus on mindfulness which refers to live more consciously and to deal…

Resilience

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou What is Resilience? Resilience is the ability to adapt to life challenges and stressors. We all have resilience. It can emerge at various times in our life. Resiliency occurs when we effectively deal and confront life challenges. As we…

Empowerment, racism, race trauma

Black, Indigenous and Women of colour experience racism in many ways. These experiences can lead to an experience of trauma, specifically related to experiences due to race. As women, we can actively reclaim our identity through engaging in activities that help us feel empowered, that gives us spaces to talk about our experiences, and that…

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships

Overview This program focuses on teaching girls to maintain and cultivate healthyrelationships in their lives. As relationships play a key part in a young person’s well being, weplace emphasis on the importance of healthy relationship education to empower young femalesto recognize their worth/ value, and promote feelings of support and security, contributing to anoverall healthy…