Multicultural Family Resource Society, Edmonton, Alberta
This weekly girls’ club offers immigrant and refugee girls the chance to explore identity and belonging in a safe and culturally-sensitive environment. The goal is for the girls to develop self-confidence and tools they can use to navigate growing up in two cultures. Participants will strengthen their critical-thinking skills, have leadership opportunities, and benefit from a community of support. Building on girls’ personal strengths and participation, youth leaders will guide activities that examine racialization, decolonization, body image, sexual health, media representation, and cultural and gender stereotypes. The program incorporates these topics in activities including theatre, photo-voice, a collective kitchen, as well as physical activities. Throughout the year, the girls will work on a project that expresses their story of identity and belonging using film, photo/art exhibits, spoken word poetry, ’zines, or theatre skits. These will be presented at the year-end celebration.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years