Imagine That: A BIPOC Youth Guide to Navigating Teenage Identity is a free, virtual, national conference that will take place Friday, August 13th to Saturday, August 14th 2021. Imagine That welcomes Black, Indigenous, and other cisgendered girls, trans and gender nonconforming, and two spirit folks of colour from the ages of 13-16 all across Canada. The title Imagine That stems from Toni Morrison’s essay “The Future of Time,” and her Sarah Lawrence commencement address, which
Programs and Services
Taking Back Girl Talk
Unique from their male counterparts, girls face high rates of sexual violence and a significant decline in mental health as they enter adolescence and young adulthood. GirlSpaceZ is a virtual after-school program using the Zoom app. It is a safe space that welcomes and supports the many different experiences of being a girl.
GirlSpace 2021/22 Programming
LOCATIONS AND TIMES COMING SOON
October 2021 – Spring 2022
Open to 11-18 year olds; Newcomers welcome
GirlSpace® Facilitator Volunteer Opportunity
Help young girls build the critical skills and awareness they need to live healthy, safe lives as a GirlSpace® Facilitator.
GirlSpace® is a program for young girls that addresses key social issues like body image, healthy relationships, violence, and more. Young women act as both group facilitators and role models, involving the participants in the design of each session so they can gain the skills they need to succeed.
GirlSpace® Facilitators are needed to lead weekly after-school groups from October 2021 through until spring 2022, with a time commitment of a few hours each week.
GirlSpace is designed to:
including leadership, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.
of social issues and share strategies and resources for coping and overcoming them.
through autonomy, social connectedness, self-awareness, and self-esteem.
to develop a gender-specific space in which everyone is respected and feels welcome.
“I always thought I was the only girl who felt she wasn’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough. Now, I know that I am enough, and I can be anything I want to be. But the best part of GirlSpace? I met my best friend. We go through the hard times together now.”
— GirlSpace® Participant
How it works
GirlSpaceZ is open to anyone between the ages of 11-18 years old who identifies as a girl. Each week, participants come together virtually in an online group to learn about a topic focused on the specific needs and experiences of girls and young women in Canada. Young women act as both group facilitators and role models, involving the participants in the design of each session.
Topics covered include:
- Healthy Relationships
- Bullying & Harassment
- Influence of the Media
- Body Image
- Digital & Online Safety
- Mental Health
- Physical Health & Nutrition
- Ethnic & Multicultural Awareness
- Healthy Decision-Making
- Violence Against Women –Sexual Assault & Consent
- Substance Use & Addictions
- Sexual Health
- Sexuality & Gender Identity
For older participants only:
- Career Development & Professional Skills
- Financial Matters
- Leadership Skills & Community Engagement
- Civic Engagement & Advocacy
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