Smart Social Media

Overview:

This program aims to help young women navigate through our new modern world of social media responsibly; understanding what is acceptable vs unacceptable. We examine different commonly used social media platforms, as well as the content we are exposed to on a daily basis, and how these platforms impact our overall well beings and sub consciousness.  

Summary:

In this new day and age, technology and social media have become the norm in our society. It is one of our main forms of communication, and is also commonly used for leisure time entertainment, work, and school. Thus, technology and social media continue to progress and affect our daily lives. As social media serves as a useful tool, it can also have damaging effects on its users. Studies have shown that explicit content exposure, cyberbullying, and sexual solicitations evoke symptoms of PTSD in teens. Experts say that young people are growing up with more anxiety and less self esteem. Results of a survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health found that Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all led to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, poor body image, and loneliness (McHugh,2018). In addition to this, multiple studies have shown that increased social media use has a significant association with poor sleep quality in young people (Ochs,2020). When analyzing demographics, a study done by The Report revealed that African-American teens are less likely to disclose their real names on their social-media profiles (95 percent of white social-media-using teens do this versus 77 percent of African-American teens) (Smith,2019). It was stated that “A lot of it had to do with image, and what they wanted people to perceive of them in social media”. They also found that white teens are less likely to be social friends with celebrities, athletes or musicians than Blacks. (48 percent of black social-media-using teens report celebrity friends while only 25 percent of white ones do) (Smith,2019). This was attributed to the fact that African-American youth are more connected to pop culture, and made reference to who they emulate i.e.- (Rhianna, Beyoncé). This makes evident how social media influences the way we choose to identify and compare ourselves. 

Objectives:

  • Explore the ways in which we use social media, understanding what is appropriate vs inappropriate when online, safety and privacy, taking note of the content we post and who we trust. 
  • Examine ourselves and the way we identify online, becoming self aware of the comparisons we make, and importance’s we place on body image, beauty, lifestyles, followers, etc.
  • Understand how excessive use of social media and time spent online affects our physical and mental health. 

Ehmke, R. (2021, February 10). How using social media affects teenagers. Retrieved March 02, 2021, from https://childmind.org/article/how-using-social-media-affects-teenagers/

McHugh, B., Wisniewski, P., Rosson, M., & Carroll, J. (2018, October 02). When social media traumatizes teens: The roles of online risk exposure, coping, and post-traumatic

stress. Retrieved March 02, 2021, from https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IntR-02-2017-0077/full/html

Ochs, J., & Krietz, C. (2020, April 05). The negative effects of social media for teens. Retrieved March 02, 2021, from https://smartsocial.com/negative-effects-of-social-media/

Smith, M. M. (2019, January 11). Study shows black teens use social media differently than whites. Retrieved March 02, 2021, from https://www.diversityinc.com/study-shows-black-teens-use-social-media-differently-than-whites/#:~:text=Study%20Shows%20Black%20Teens%20Use%20Social%20Media%20Differently,engaging%20in%20social-media%20activities%2C%20and%20they%20are%20

Me Myself and I (Self Expressions)

Overview:

This program focuses on self expression, and provides young women with the opportunity to explore different forms of expression through art, music, writing, drama etc. We explore the concept of emotional regulation, and coping mechanisms, all in efforts to build self confidence, explore feelings of meaning/purpose, and to connect and grow with one another. 

Summary:

Self expression at it core is the action of expressing yourself, and it can take a wide variety of forms (Ackerman, 2021).Neuroscience has demonstrated that self expression may be one of the most important ways for people to connect, navigate, and grow with each other. Many young women can connect with one another through shared experience of hardships as a result of oppression and racism, addiction, mental health, relationships, body image, and social media. These are all experiences with the potential to negatively impact a young woman’s well being. In addition to this, feeling the need to conform to society hinders our personal growth. The opportunity to freely express one’s inner thoughts, feelings, and ideas, without any judgment, serves as an effective way to freely explore our self identity and become confident in our own skin. It is also a way to release negative feelings that threaten our happiness. Self expression results in freedom, authenticity, acceptance, closer relationships, inspiration, and discovery. Self expression also goes hand in hand with our emotions, giving us a deeper understanding of, and the opportunity to regulate them. Studies on emotional regulation indicate that there is a significant positive correlation between emotion regulation and depression management (Chowdhury, 2021), indicating that emotional regulation produces higher emotional control, and social emotional intelligence.

Objectives:

  • Explore and participate in different forms of self expression, exploring one’s self identity, interacting, sharing, growing, and connecting with peers.
  • Understand the concept of emotional regulation and learn to regulate one’s own emotions through self expression
  • Explore and adopt different coping mechanisms to build resilience and deal with stressors in our daily lives.

Ackerman, C. E. (2021, February 26). What is self-expression and how to foster it? (20 activities + examples). Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://positivepsychology.com/self-expression/


Balboa, N. (2016, February 15). Self-expression. Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/conversational-intelligence/201602/self-expression%5D

Chowdhury, M. R. (2021, February 10). What is emotion regulation? + 6 emotional skills and strategies. Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://positivepsychology.com/emotionregulation/#:~:text=%206%20Most%20Useful%2Emotional%20Regulation%20Skills%20for,changes.%20We%20become%20more%20prone%20to…%20More%20

Ke, S. (2018, January 10). 7 unexpected benefits of self-expression. Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://blog.sivanaspirit.com/mf-gn-unexpected-benefits-expression/

Young Women as Leaders

Overview:

This program aims to aspire young women to leadership; to build confidence in young women by educating and equipping them with the skills necessary to practice effective leadership in their daily lives. This program provides young women with opportunities to be involved and connect with their community. We examine the skill sets of a leader, and become empowered through self actualization. In addition to this, we explore network development, creating/identifying webs of support, and the importance of informed decision making.

Summary:

Leadership serves as beneficial to individuals, groups, and society as a whole. leadership skills ensure a successful future; providing one with skills that strengthen and promote personal growth and progression in life. Research indicates that young people who are surrounded by a variety of opportunities for youth leadership engage in less risky behavior and ultimately show evidence of higher rates of successful transitions into adulthood (National, 2016). Leadership supports the young person in developing the ability to analyze his or her own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and abilities to carry them out.  Globally, women hold just 24% of senior leadership positions (Breadwinner, 2020), and In 2018, female employees aged 25 to 54 earned $4.13 (or 13.3%) less per hour, on average, than their male counterparts (Pelletier, 2019). Although there has been progress in gender equity, there is still much room for improvement. Aspiring young women to leadership, holds promise for a future with no gender gaps.

Objectives:

  • Identify the types of skills that make an effective leader, and how to develop or strengthen these skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance in developing networks and webs of support, and understand how to do so.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to go about informed decision making.

Breadwinner moms. (2020, August 27). Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2013/05/29/breadwinner-moms/

National Mentoring Programs Effectiveness. (2016). Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://youth.gov/youth-topics/effectiveness-positive-youth-development-programs

Pelletier, R., Patterson, M., & Moyer, M. (2019, October 07). The gender wage gap in Canada: 1998 to 2018. Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/75-004-m/75-004-m2019004-eng.htm

Professional Identity

Acting like a million bucks!

In North America, many people define themselves by their professional identity. Having a great professional presence online and in person is designed to assist you with achieving your career goals. For Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, a mentor can also help guide you on the journey you wish to try.

Workshop

This workshop will focus on how professional, personal and environmental resources help to develop one’s professional identity.

The facilitator ensure a safe learning environment to discuss challenges, ethical dilemmas, cognitive processes that can help the members to develop their confidence, competency and their knowledge of diversity and inclusion that will help the process of professional growth.

The workshop focuses on having a strong professional identity that enables us to consider our values and how they relate to the behaviours that are expected of us by being an individual, professional, and colleagues.

Likewise, the workshop also examined the ways how attitudes, values, knowledge, beliefs and skills that shared with others within a professional group can help to enhance the professional identities.

Having a strong professional identity enables us to consider our values as an individual professional and colleague.

Eligibility

This workshop is designed for mentors and mentees, and is a pre requisite for mentors to meet their professional mentee.

Staying Healthy

This workshop provides information and guidance on how to include healthy eating and physical activities in daily life.

The workshop focuses not only on getting the nutrients the body needs by adopting the choices of whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables but it also focus on the strategies to stay active with short and sharp exercises.

For this purpose, the workshop includes common interests’ questions, discussions, nutrition knowledge, simple exercises and recipes handouts. 

This workshop further explores challenges which may impact our healthy such as disease, eating disorders, and our mental health.

Eligibility

This workshop is for mentors who want to learn about healthy lifestyle management. It will help provide mentors with an advanced knowledge of healthy living strategies. The workshop is also offered for mentees.

To learn more about workshops, contact us:

Self-Development 101

This course is geared to support mentors access tools needed to develop themselves both professionally and interpersonally. The course covers developing achievable goals, healthy communication, managing conflict and emotional regulation. The course consists of short videos, self-reflection and articles. The course should take 1 hour to complete and is a prerequisite course for the mentorship […]

Spoken Word Workshop

Wonderfully Made is a program initiative that was created to counter the disparity that girls feel as they compare themselves to images. This initiative is designed for Black girls from the ages of 12 to 29 years old. The program matches girls with older girls of colour to foster positive peer mentorship and sisterhood. Black […]

Ancestral Wisdom

Who are we? Where did we come from? What was our history? Where can we go? This workshop focuses upon sharing wisdom of past ancestors, leaders, and change makers. Our history is often always told through the eyes of the slave master and its ancestors, but this course focuses on the history told by our […]

Self-Care Strategies

About this workshop

This workshop emphases on self-care strategies and use client centered approaches. The workshop is consistent on engaging and interactive group discussions and practical activities. Participants identify and evaluate their own strategies, and create a personal self-care plan.

This workshop encourages mentors and mentees to nurture themselves and make self-renewal in part of their routine life by maintaining their physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health

Objectives

Create a self-care plan

Learn self-care strategies

Understand creating balance in health

Understand emotional triggers

Understand how stress impacts the body

Understand when to seek support

Eligibility

This course is for mentors who are starting the program. Once mentors complete the modules on Self-Care, they can teach this workshop to mentees.

Self-Care and You

written by: Winnie, BSW candidate

Self care is about taking responsibility of and initiating the management of ones own physical, and mental health. It is necessary for all individuals to improve and maintain their well being. Self care is also about self improvement, and finding ways to cope and build resilience to endure through tough times.

Burnout is a physical or mental collapse resulting from stress. Burnouts have the potential to affect our mental health, well being, and quality of life. Burnouts can impact your ability to concentrate and focus on work, your quality of sleep, and can produce anxiety resulting in isolation or anxious procrastination.

Self care reduces burnout and promotes mental health wellness which is essential for the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

Mental health wellness is also very important as it goes hand in hand with emotional wellness. Emotional regulation and balance, is strengthened by a sound mind, which promotes healthy relationships, and strong performance skills.

Compassion fatigue refers to the emotional and physical exhaustion affecting health care professionals and caregivers overtime. Compassion fatigue highlights the importance of practicing self care too maintain your health.

There are many practices individuals can implement into their lives to ensure self care and create a healthy work/life balance:

Self reflection on your personal thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and knowing when it is necessary to take a break is a good way to be mindful of your mental health and well being.

Being active, meditating, avoiding stress triggers, participating in social activities, and catching up on sleep are also effective ways of practicing self care.

As human beings, social contact and connection with others is essential. With all of the social media and screen time we experience on a daily basis, connecting with close friends and loved ones is important for out mental health, and a great way to practice self care.

Making self care a priority is not only beneficial to ourselves, but to others, ensuring that we are the best possible versions of ourselves when working and communicating with others. 

To learn more about the importance of self-care, consider joining the Wonderfully Made team to become a mentor or access support from a mentor.

Our Partners

We are proud to work with community partners to develop connections, to support with girls, and provide mentorship and leadership.

Empowered Queens

The purpose of Young Queens is to help them learn how to manage bullying; help identify who they are; understand their worth; elevate their skills and most importantly love themselves.

Ifarada: Centre for Excellence

is an organization focused on supporting youth, families, adults and elders in equity-seeking communities enhance their cultural, social and mental wellness.

Interested in joining our initiative

Become a supporter of our mentorship program. Become a mentor to a young woman. Open space in your facility for our programs. Facilitate a workshop for our youth. Advocate for the success of our program.

Spoken Word Workshop

Wonderfully Made is a program initiative that was created to counter the disparity that girls feel as they compare themselves to images. This initiative is designed for Black girls from the ages of 12 to 29 years old. The program matches girls with older girls of colour to foster positive peer mentorship and sisterhood.

Black girls are highly represented in multiple systems such as human trafficking, criminal systems, child welfare system and educational penal system. We are hoping to address these alarming statistics through our community-based program. Through research and data collection, we have learned that these special groups are often underserviced in community and public agencies. Through the programming, a cultural, holistic and strength-based approach is used to support youth and their families.

As we tell our stories, hear our stories, feel our pain, and watch us grow.

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Queens in History

Our history is filled with Queens that have led their villages, communities and nations throughout history. Learn about the principles, practices and strategies queens used to caring for their people. Learn how to develop social justice practices and critically assess measures to support our community.