Communities Take Action and Girls Take Charge: Community-Based Approaches to Girls Group Mentoring in Canada

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Girls Group Mentoring is taking place coast to coast to coast and programs are creating space and content unique to their community’s needs and values. Drawing on the learnings from our first year evaluation of girls group mentoring in nine Canadian communities, this workshop will explore foundations, strategies and considerations for delivering girls group mentoring in unique community contexts. Samantha Cochrane will first provide an overview of our grantees’ community-based interpretations of girls group mentoring using cross age, intergenerational and Aboriginal cultural approaches. Program leader Andrea Bruner will co-present this interactive session and share her experience delivering girls group mentoring with inner city girls in the highly diverse Scarborough community. Andrea will address the importance of embracing diversity, creating space for youth leadership and unique considerations for peer-led, girls group mentoring. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from other girls’ group mentoring programs supported by Canadian Women’s Foundation through interactive discussion. Participants will learn about the practices necessary to successfully engage, support and empower the girls in their communities through group mentoring.

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