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This year Girls Action has doubled down on our commitment to create programs that address the changing realities and most pressing issues facing girls, young women, and gender diverse youth across Turtle Island (Canada). This was made possible, among other things, thanks to our youth consultations (which we are going to continue). 

 

The past year has brought to light the psychological distress experienced by youth in our network and that’s why we believe it’s important to give them spaces to express themselves and psychological support adapted to their situation. We are committed to centering the voices of youth from the most marginalized communities, particularly those who identify as QTBIPOC, and to creating systems that ensure that the perspectives, voices, and lived experience of youth is integrated into our programs in a meaningful way, including being intentional about supporting the creation of programs by and for youth.

  1. Becoming a recurring donor, committee to making a monthly donation

  2. Make a donation

  3. Get your friends and family involved and create a fundraiser

  4. Sponsor a Radical Self-care Basket for the participants of our youth consultations

  5. Fund a leadership capacity grant ($250, $500, or $1000) to support a youth-led social change project

  6. Signal boost our end of the year giving campaign, like, share, and retweet our social media posts; or forward our newsletter to your network

Why give to Girls Action?

 

Girls Action Foundation inspires and supports the empowerment, leadership and healthy development of girls, young women and gender diverse youth by increasing their access to resources and opportunities. GAF provides spaces for them to speak out, build skills, and create action on issues that are important and real to them. 

 

We are a national movement of empowered girls, young women and gender diverse youth taking action to lead social change in their communities. To create a world where youth are strong, confident, and engaged leaders.

 

To learn more about the Girls Action effect, you can check out our 25th Anniversary Impact Report and last annual report.

 

2021 in review

 

Despite the current pandemic and the challenges it brings, we have managed to adjust our programming and offer diversified activities for girls, young women and gender diverse youth.

Here is a list of the different things that we have accomplished this year by and for the young people of our communities:

 

  • Partnership with the Arctic Youth Development Agency and Platform, a program to provide COVID-19 support for young women and gender-diverse youth in remote and rural communities including the distribution of care packages, virtual outreach activities to reach youth in need of support in the Northwest Territories and to build stronger relationships between organizations and youth in rural Ontario, and workshops focused on culturally appropriate and trauma-informed coping mechanisms.

  • Support is essential is a project that aims to mitigate the negative effects of the pandemic on mental health by creating access to mental health support and a support space among young people, especially those from marginalized communities. We focused on the neighborhoods most affected by Covid-19. Thus, we were able to offer therapy groups with a BIPOC therapist, subsidies covering 80% of the costs for seven sessions with a mental health professional, eight circles of support that lead to the creation of a zine (Healing Guide) and the distribution of radical self-care baskets.

  • Following the survey we conducted with our communities to find out their needs, we planned a workshops series in collaboration with other organizations on the following themes: Food Security, Rights / mental health of community workers, Gender-based violence and Defunding and abolition of the police

  • As part of our summer programs, we organized kiosks in the parks to reach youth in Montreal. During these kiosks, snacks were given, games and raffles were also organized. Each booth had a theme and the activities flowed from it. They are: Self-confidence, Leadership, coping with the pandemic and mental health.

  • In the fall of 2021, we launched Youth consultations for 12-18 y.o. in Montreal. A new initiative to ensure that the voices of girls, young women and diverse gender youth are heard and meaningfully included in the development of our programs. The participants received financial compensation and a basket of radical self-care.

 
What to look forward to in 2022...

 

We are committed to continuing to support girls, young women and gender diverse youth. In particular by continuing to hear them with youth consultations, to believe and see them. To organize workshops by and for the communities that we serve, by encouraging young artists and change makers and by offering them development opportunities.  


 

It’s through the generosity of our members, friends and allies that support us, whether it has been for years or since the beginning of this pandemic, that we can make such a great impact and support those aspiring artists, leaders, changemakers and dreamers!