North York Community House, Toronto, Ontario
The Bloggurls mentoring program builds on the success of the Village Bloggurls Program, a weekly girls’ leadership and media literacy/media production program in Lotherton Village and Westminster-Branson. The core program provides girls in two communities with creative opportunities to address issues including systemic violence, representation of women in the media, and societal expectations.
The program also helps girls develop skills in leadership, media literacy, and critical thinking. Activities like writing blog, ’zine, and social media posts provide a platform for expression, reflection, connection, and support. Using this approach and model, North York Community House plans to replicate this program at Charles H. Best Middle School in the Bathurst-Finch community. The program mentors provide additional support and technological expertise, and inspire the participants to go further with their ideas and innovative projects.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years