Feminine Resiliency Workshop(s)

Designed to strengthen girls/women's relationships w/ themselves/other women, heal from trauma & empower themselves in moving forth.

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June 28 2001

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1902-430-0681 Nova Scotia, Canada (b3a0e7)

Date You Started Your Project Started

Have been running girls programming, creative workshops, performing spoken word in different community venues & schools all relating to the topic of girls, women, sexualized violence, resiliency, and empowerment but the specific idea stemmed today. 25/09/19 :)

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Loving yourself as a woman/girl in the world we live in today is an act of resiliency. Women and girls are constantly subjected to continual messages that misconstrue their views of beauty & self worth. It sounds like a basic problem but it is extremely complex & it needs constant attention. Solving this issue matters because women and girls deserve to feel strong, worthy to take up space, and beatiful, not just physically. It is essential.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

As a young woman, who has struggled with lack of love for self, and had to find ways to be resilient on my own, I always wished I had opportunities where I was able to grow with other girls and receive the correct tools in order to feel beautiful. I would like to plan a workshop/program/etc.. that will focus on specific and unique aspects to nourish feminity and rebuild the girls who have been broken by the continual negativity & falseness they recieve on a daily basis. The workshop/program would focus on: - Healing from Trauma -Self help- Learning how to cope with negative messages/propaganda/beautified imagery from media, etc... -Tools & ideas to build themselves as young women -Motivational & Powerful guest speakers that will speak to their inner selves, and who they can identify with. (POC, LGBTQ2S+, indigenous, persons with disabilities, etc...) -Art making/building/creating take homes. and more! The workshop/program would also act as a networking opportunity for them to connect with each other and create a strong foundation/ bond. Despite only being a small audicence that would be targeted, this will change their lives forever. Butterfy affect will follow.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

I've always struggled with negative self image and belief. This is a continual struggle for me. Despite being involved in absolutely everything I could be involved in, I still never found an opportunity designed to give me the tools that every young woman should have in order to feel beautiful and to empower themselves. I never had strong foundations/relationships that I could rely on in order to reassure me, or even assure me that I was beautiful and that I was worthy of this life. I've always written and have been performing spoken word since grade 7 (6+ years) I began speaking out about sexualized violence & women's empowerment and the response was phemonenal. Girls & women from across the world connected with me and shared that until they heard me speak they never felt worthy. This broke me. There's many other details but I have 53 characters left. My passion is burning to do more:)

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

Way over a minute but this poem is exactly why I am stepping up to make a change.

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

When a person or group gets involved with my project they will feel automatically welcome. They will feel excited. They will feel special. They will be shy, they will come with unresolved trauma, they will be struggling with internal battles, but most importantly they will be present and subjected to the lifechanging experience that is ahead. Through learning from professional women, strong women who have been through similar experience and continue to overcome them, and the love that will surround them throughout the project, something inside them will ignite & you will never be able to dim it/put the fire out. Even if it's only a small flame, it will always be there because of the project. They will feel refreshed, acknowledged, stronger, beautiful, and learn to continue to grow into a strong woman. This will then allow them to empower others later on. This will change the world.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

What would be different about my project is that it would exist in my community. A lot of projects/initiatives are often textbook & serve nobody. As a young woman I have firsthand knowledge on what it's like to be a girl and the hardships faced. With that I would be able to create something that inspires and speaks to young women and girls authentically and creatively, actually giving them tools and knowledge that will better themselves as girls and that they will use throughout the entirety of their life.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Not the project but my work in empowering myself, and other women and girls has been ongoing for 4+ years. My poem "A touch of Sexual Assault" went viral and currently has approx 70 million views. I've spoken in Florida & several places within my community and led conversations regarding sexualized violence. I've been involved in many campaigns and initiatives. I've ran my own creative programming & am a continual advocate.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

Community art projects, small roundtables/networks. Speaking in schools. Personally performing and teaching in different venues. Partnering w/different organizations currently.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Project Plan & Strategy

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Low-income community

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Email

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

Rachel Centariczki


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