Engaging Girls: Safe Return to Class Program (Summer 2021)
Funded the Ministry of Education's Safe Return to School Grant
This program, funded by the government of Ontario, helped to mitigate potential learning gaps caused by COVID-19 by supporting the learning, health, and well-being of Black girls entering grades 8, 9, and 10. Participants took part in series of activities starting with online group engagement from July 21st to 30th 2021. The program ended with a 4-night overnight camp in Blue Mountain, Ontario!
Retreat activities include: daily tutoring and learning support, mindfulness and self-development workshops, physical activities, peer-peer socialization, and mentoring - all tailored to the specific and unique needs of Black girls.
BREAKING THE CYCLE AND EMPOWERING GIRLS
Engaging Girls: Empowerment, Leadership, Development & Action (EGELDA)
The Engaging Girls: Empowerment, Leadership, Development, and Action (EGELDA) program addressed the challenges that participants face in developing their social identity and maintaining positive healthy relationships with their peers. It also helped to encourage gender equity and development through youth civic engagement on social issues that are youth-driven and led.
EGELDA was a yearlong mentorship and leadership program that focuses on empowerment for girls of colour through critical engagement with information communication technology (ICT), social media and civic engagement. Our participant group was girls from marginalized groups between the ages of 14-18 in the Pickering/Ajax.