Launch Party

On September 16, 2021, Wonderfully Made will host its inaugural launch and information session. This online event features: meeting the founders, information about the program, prizes and more.

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Featuring: prizes, information, and meet the founders

Why Wonderfully Made?

Wonderfully Made is a Black-led grassroots organization, led by youth that aims to cultivate emotional, mental and career wellbeing for Black girls and women.  Wonderfully Made is designed to support girls and women build their self-esteem, cultural and self-identity, and guide them through their careers, professional and personal lives.  The leaders seek to reinforce the importance of representation and supporting girls and women to see themselves reflected through the program.

Wonderfully Made Girl creator, Adrianna Perryman found the inspiration for this program through her work with the Kisaruni girls in Kenya.  Their residential program established an unique mentorship program with the senior high school girls, “mamas’ would mentor and nurture younger junior girls entering the system.  Similarly, Wonderfully Made recruits women ages 16 and up to conduct workshops and programming for younger girls from 12 to 16.  The program ends each year with a girls led conference and overnight retreat.

Faith Buchanan, Justine Allen, and Tracy Amponsah are Board Members of Wonderfully Made. Through their expertise as artists, social workers, educators and psychotherapists, the organization became to be. Justine Allen believed that this program would support the health and wellbeing of Black girls.  She writes, “for myself, growing up in spaces that lacked healthy representation deeply impacted my self-esteem and self-worth. There is so much power in feeling seen, understood, and supported in a safe space. Having the opportunity to be part of this program as a mentee would have been so meaningful to me as a young girl through early adulthood”. Creative Director and future educator, Faith Buchanan described art as a safe space for girls, and expressed I am incredibly passionate about mentoring black youth and being the role model, I wish I had as a young artist”.  Tracy Amponsah is a seasoned case manager in her career and shares her hope for Wonderfully Made and the youth and families who would benefit.  She exclaims, “This project is something I wish I had more of growing up as a young black womxn, who is first generation”.

Wonderfully Made Pilot

Wonderfully Made is a piloted program funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and supported by the Durham AIDS Committee. The DAC focuses on supporting youth and adults impacted by AIDS, and fits nicely with the vision and mission statement for Wonderfully Made.

Ontario Trillium Foundation- Youth Innovations Fund

The OTF provided a three-year test grant to the youth-led and driven program. Through the grant, the organizers are provided funding that helps the organization to realize its goals. The funding includes staffing, workshops and webinars, advertisement, an annual retreat, and yearly youth conference.

Pillars of Change

Wonderfully Made has four pillars that guide the work within the team. and in the program. The pillars guide how youth are supported throughout the program, and how our mentors and elders guide the mentees.

Our stories

Help to guide the passion underlying Wonderfully Made, and the vision developed by the founders and the community.

Launch Agenda and Activities

Wonderfully Made founders will host and guide the agenda and activities for the launch party. The founders will invite people to participate in the group or remain in listen-only mode. The launch party features poll questions, prizes and knowledge questions.

Topics covered

Our team will explore our vision, mission, and pillars. We will discuss our programming and upcoming workshops. and our annual retreat designed for youth.

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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Yoga

The Health of Children website term yoga as, “The term “yoga” comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “union.” Yoga combines physical exercises, mental meditation, and breathing techniques to strengthen the muscles and relieve stress” (Reference: http://www.thehealthofchildren.com).

This workshop provides an introductory practice in yoga with mentees and mentors with the purpose of teaching meditation and physical exercise. The courses are led by a yoga instructor, and uses multiple lessons on yoga such as Yoga and Movement, Yoga and Dance, Yoga and Ribbon, and more.

Artistic Expression

Collaborative and Interactive Arts: Using arts, dance, movement and role playing to promote emotional development. This expression provides a structured outlet for a healthy physical and emotional release. By providing an atmosphere of freedom to channel their emotions and energies in a safe environment, girls can increase their self-esteem and confidence.

Goals: To explore our identity through the arts. To discover our strengths and build our courage through the arts. To heal hurts and challenges we experience through community support and artistic expression.

Interested in our workshops?

Art Workshop

Explore art expression, creativity and healing in art workshop. Practice using different mediums to express your inner soul. In this workshop, girls use art as a way to express their thoughts, their experiences and creativity. Use mindfulness and meditation to generate your creativity, and to focus on using art to express yourself. Goals: encourage girls […]

Dance Xpressions

Dance is an art of expression. Dance infuses emotions, stories, history, pain, and experiences. All dancers are great dancers. Through our dance workshop, girls learn how to express themselves and tell concept stories using a variety of dance mediums. Objective: Learn at different levels the art of dance, and expression. Practice different styles of dance […]

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 […]

Facilitating Workshops

This workshops is led initially by an subject matter expert. This workshop will focus on teaching mentors how to develop key relationships, and support youth to grow and develop.

Our Key Learning Objectives:

  • Successful mentor-mentee relationships are through positive changes and through mutual trust.
  • Mentors and mentees grow and develop while working together and participating in workshops.
  • The mentors are able to develop their own leadership styles, that is unique with them.
  • Workshops will train youth how to manage challenges that may occur while mentoring.
  • Mentors build their capacity to develop include facilitation in delivering workshops
  • Mentors learn skills to communicate with diverse people, including stakeholders and partners
  • Mentors will learn how to encourage girls how to speak their truth, communicate their ideas, and generate discussions.

Mentors facilitate workshops in schools, community centres and special venues that reinforce:

  • Girls are princesses and treated as emerging queens
  • Girls have opportunity to connect with each other
  • Girls are encouraged to engage in cultural and artistic expression

Elders, Mentors, and Mentees

All workshop sessions are closed with a circle activity. Elders and mentors offer blessings of gratitude, hope and resiliency to the mentees. The mentees highlight what they have learned, and how the group has supported them.

Elders and healers are an important part of the session as a way to pass down blessings and hope to the generation, and the mentors and mentees who walk in their path.

Each session always begings with land acknowledgement. Elders provide guidance to the mentees by providing experience to the circle.

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Group Formats

Mentee groups may occur in a 2-3 hour workshop, a day conference from 9 am to 3pm, or over a few weeks.

Mentors, core group members and host organizations create a potential yearly cycle of potential groups and programs, as well as provide flexibility for specific requests for group.

Why do this?

  • Planning our year to provide wholesome and innovative workshops and programs for mentees and mentors
  • Remaining responsive to the community’s needs and requests to build supports for mentees in their community and school.

A Sample plan for a 6-week mentee group:

Sample Topics

WeekTopicActivities
1“I am and I can”In this session, we get to know each other and learn about our unique style and personality.
2“Wonderfully made”In this session, we learn how to identify our strengths and talents, how we can share these with the world, and how we can support other girls to do the same.
3Learning More about You & Girls Just Like YouIn this session, we learn about the accomplishments of many amazing girls around the world, and we learn how we also can do amazing things within our world.  
4The Story is just beginningIn this session, we learn how to tell our story to help and inspire other girls and to tell our story even when it is very hard.  We will learn how to communicate in healthy ways without hurting each other’s feelings.  
5“When times get tough, Breathe”In this session, we learn how to use calming strategies to help us conquer adversities and difficult times in a healthy way.  
6Wonderfully Made Girls Rock!In this session, we close with a celebration and a reminder that we are truly amazing girls inside and out.