Girls. Creating new pathways. Growing new leaders. HerStory. Tell it.
As I consider the project for my Arts and Media-based peacebuilding class, I contemplate why? There are so many girls programs that already exist, why do we need another one and in what way would a new program be different? As I discussed in a previous post, Create and Re-Create, exposure to and propagation of positive, healthy relationships are key to a young girls success in creating and re-creating these types of relationships in the future. Creating the space for girls to explore, cultivate and experience healthy relationships will allow for the opportunity to exercise the heart, mind and soul in a physically and emotionally safe environment.
Ruminating through doodling…
This workshop will strive to be gender-specific while assisting girls in positive female development. The key objectives in the program are to maintain a strengths-based focus, which cultivates an environment that builds self-confidence and self-efficacy by promoting cultivation of new skills to respond positively in stressful situations and in the process learn ways to empower themselves. The ultimate goal of the program is that the girls become the “makers of their own history,” and begin to support each other through the use of circles.
By the end of the 16-hour workshop the girls will have:
• Explored and practiced positive means of communication through story-telling, role-playing, drawing, sculpting and poetry.
• Created an arts based process in which to share their personal story.
• Practiced peacemaking circles.
• Developed community standards that will facilitate an emotionally safe environment both within the circles, as well as our workshop community.
• Developed personal understanding of her core self by exploring her own culture and identity.
• Identified possible barriers that may obstruct the path toward creating and cultivating healthy relationships.
• Identified support people and motivators that will assist toward their personal goals.
• Developed short term, measurable and attainable goals that will assist them toward positive change.
• Distinguished the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
• Facilitated a talking circle on a topic of her own choice.
By cultivating an open and safe space to explore or express needs, interests, hopes and dreams, each girl creates an opportunity to empower herself and make plans for her future. It is important to paint a realistic picture of the future and guide towards an understanding that, while they may have begun to make changes in their lives, continued circles of support are important to further personal growth. The intention is that the tools they have developed and cultivated during the workshop will be applied to all their relationships.
Girls must be engaged in a meaningful and comprehensible conversation that begins with a level of understanding that is accessible to them—and at all costs must avoid monologue, as Friere suggests.
While it is my intention to create a vessel in which a group of women and girls come together to create, I also hope that the setting will grow organically based on the needs and talents of a particular group. So each workshop will transform as needed. Paulo Freire suggests in his book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, “it is not our role to speak to the people about our own view of the world, nor to attempt to impose that view on them, but rather to dialogue with the people about their view and ours. We must realize that their view of the world, manifested variously in their action, reflects their situation in the world.” Creating a space for transformation.
The slides are a work in progress so some slides are only headers in which I will fill in as the ideas begin to surface.
Click here to see the Pitch presentation from class.