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.

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 is a term that was coined by Alice Walker in 1983, and she defined it as “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color”(Shepherd-Wynn, 2017).

Alice Walker

Colourism dates back to colonial days when slave owners would rape their slaves, creating biracial children who received preferential treatment and privilege, over the darker skinned slaves (Khanna, 2010). Skin tone combined with the intersection of being a woman widely effects women of colour, as beauty standards in the Westerns society idolizes lighter skin tones (Craddock et al, 2018).

Adolescence represents the transitional phase from childhood to adulthood, and is a crucial stage of physiological and socio-emotional development (Craddock et al, 2018). During this stage our self-esteem and how we perceive ourselves is widely impacted by the world around us. Global beauty standards are deeply embedded with colourism, with a lot of the socio-cultural pressures placed on young woman to achieve unrealistic standards of beauty. 

Global beauty standards are deeply embedded in colourism, with socio-cultural pressures places on young women to achieve unrealistic standards of beauty.

Although colourism started centuries ago, the impacts of colourism remain present today, and there is mounting evidence that colourism negatively impact adolescents and adults in a variety of areas which may include: education, dating, and in the criminal justice system.

Workshop Objective:

To empower young Black women by educating them on the past and showcasing that all Black skin is beautiful. As well as redefining beauty standards of the Western world, showing the importance of including all shades of brown with specific inclusive measures for darker shades.

This workshop is appropriate for mentors and mentees to assist them with understanding how colourism can impact girls as young as 3 years old.

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 with stigma. The group will be based on facilitating on some of the misunderstandings and media portrayal of Black community that often lead to prejudice attitudes. This behaviour and discrimination can lead to feelings of hopelessness and low self-esteem. The members of the group will learn how stigma profoundly can change how people feel about themselves which result in anxiety and depression. The workshop will offer some of the tips on how to be aware of their attitudes and behaviour. For example, choosing their words carefully, inclusion, and supporting the community.

One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”

Michelle Obama

Please watch the following video. Reflect on key information shared in the video and statements that resonated with you or someone you know. Did you experience an “aha moment?”, or a moment where you understood where the speaker was coming from because it resembled your own experience? Why? Discuss what you can do to make a difference in how you perceive information and messages from others. Discuss steps you may take to support mentees who may share a similar experience.

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, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The facilitator will focus on providing tips and activities for group members to reflect upon social justice issues. In this workshop, facilitator will use the interconnecting lens of social justice. For example, accessing to inclusion and participation, knowing their rights, ability to voice their concerns and to take actions to create change, and working in solidarity to act for the mutual benefits as society.


Please watch the following videos. Reflect on key information shared in the video and statements that resonated with you. Did you experience an “aha moment?”, or a moment where you understood where the speaker was coming from because it resembled your own experience? Why? Discuss what you can do to make a difference in how you perceive information and messages from others. Discuss steps you may take to support mentees who may share a similar experience.

In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
— Angela Davis

Join our workshops

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. 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.  […]

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 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. The facilitator will use effective, compassionate and active listening skills to the thought provoking questions such as, what members are thinking, feeling, and the affect it can be on them and on others. Using the mindfulness approaches the facilitator will implement breathing exercises, discussions, and reinforce the positive attitude while having fun with games/quizzes. By practicing compassion for each other, the facilitator and the members of the group will set goals of being flexible and letting go old norms and expectations. They will acknowledge their struggles and appreciating others for showing up, remaining positive, and contributing to the team. The facilitator will encourage the members to share examples of empathy and kindness that they practice recently. 

Consider?

Please watch the following videos. Reflect on key information shared in the video and statements that resonated with you. Did you experience an “aha moment?”, or a moment where you understood where the speaker was coming from because it resembled your own experience? Why? Discuss what you can do to make a difference in how you perceive information and messages from others. Discuss steps you may take to support mentees who may share a similar experience.