Each year during the third week of October, Canadians bond with people in over ninety countries around the world to mark YWCA’s Week Without Violence. A week-long series of community events promotes diverse approaches to creating a violence free world. More than 9,500 people in schools, workplaces and neighborhood organizations throughout Canada recognize this annual violence prevention initiative aimed at making violence a thing of the past.
As part of the YWCA Canada’s commitment to violence prevention initiatives for girls and young women, Power of Being a Girl is a signature violence-prevention conferences for girls between the ages of 12 and 14 hosted during the Week Without Violence. Kamloops’ own version of Power of Being a Girl offers a day of fun in a safe and moderated environment with informative and educational programming, focusing on girls’ development needs to prevent violence in their lives while encouraging leadership in the planning and organization of the event. Girls leave the conference excited about what they learned, anxious to share with their friends and show an interest in attending other YWCA programs.
As part of the event planning process, the young girls on this year’s planning committee will present to the City of Kamloops Council to proclaim Week Without Violence across British Columbia and Canada. This group of girls will read a poem about what it means to be a girl. In addition, almost all of the workshop facilitators, volunteers, and event coordinating staff are women to provide a safe, inclusive environment for the young girls to learn, feel comfortable, and enjoy in. The Kamloops YMCA-YWCA strives to provide this space full of empowering role models for the conference participants to interact with and learn from.
Now in its twelfth year, the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA is pleased to present the Power of Being a Girl Conference, taking place on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017. This is a one-day conference – designed by girls for girls aged twelve to fourteen years old – to explore the challenges of growing up, in a fun and empowering way. Girls are powerful and this year’s inspiring workshop choices, allow participants to explore the healthy ways they can find, keep, and share that power. With over five workshops to choose from, participants will walk away having learned about themselves and how they fit into a bigger perspective of a global context.
For more information about Power of Being a Girl, please visit http://www.kamloopsy.org/pbg.htm