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Girls Group Mentoring Program

Community Action Resource Centre (CARC) was incorporated in February 2004 as a result of a merger of the two local organizations that had existed since the 1980s. CARC is a non-profit organization registered in Ontario has federal charitable status, and as such is permitted to provide provide a receipt for donations for income tax purposes.

Community Action Resource Centre is beginning a new Girls Group Mentoring Program with funding and support from Canadian Women’s Foundation. This program will bring together girls aged 9-13 years old with young women mentors aged 16-23 – training and supporting young women to become group mentors while providing weekly workshops and mentoring to girls with the goal of building strong social supports and self-esteem.

We are accepting applications from young women mentors aged 16-23 who are interested in supporting the success of girls in their communities. This is a great opportunity for young women to gain volunteer hours and valuable training and experience. We are seeking applicants that are confident, responsible, and compassionate, and who want to develop leadership and mentoring skills. Applicants must be able to fulfill a 3 month commitment to the program and attend a weekly supervised group program.

Where:1652 Keele Street, Toronto. Every Wednesday from 4-6 pm starting on March 4th, 2015

Contact:Marilia Lana 416-652-2273 Ext. 226 | marilia@communityarc.ca | www.communityarc.ca

The Anne Johnston Health Station – Teens Cooking with Body and Mind (BAM)

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Group Name: The Anne Johnston Health Station – Teens Cooking with Body and Mind (BAM)

Description: The Anne Johnston Health Station (AJHS) is a not-for-profit community health centre providing a wide range of programs and services that promote the health and well-being of youth, seniors and people with physical disabilities. They are a fully accessible barrier free environment. All of our programs and services are confidential and free of charge and include primary health care, disease prevention, health promotion and community development. We believe that health is a resource for life and that many things – education, housing, gender, access to health services, our sense of being included or excluded from society, employment, etc. – impact on our health. Health isn’t just about not being sick, it is about being able to make choices and live into them. It’s about having a voice in our community. They are guided by our mission, vision and values. The Anne Johnston Health Station is governed by a Board of Directors elected from our membership.

Learn how to prepare quick and healthy meals with our registered dietitian while talking about issues that impact youth. Focus on healthy decision making and raising awareness about health related topics. Create displays, bulletin boards, brochures and other materials to educate youth about the impact of poverty on health, stress, relationships, body image, substance use, etc. This program includes Peer Leadership opportunities. Participate and earn up to 10 community involvement hours. *** Interested participants must register prior to attending – this is not a drop-in class. Youth who live, work or go to school in the area bound by Highway 401 to Bloor Street and Bathurst Avenue to Bayview Avenue are eligible to register.

Where: 2398 Yonge Street | Toronto, ON M4P 2H4

When: 7 weeks, beginning Wednesday March 25, 2015 – Wednesday May 6, 2015. Time: 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Contact: Beatrice Raposo 416-486-8666 Ext. 255 | beatricer@ajhs.ca | www.ajhs.ca

5 Questions about Youth Outreach

We sat down with our very own Linda Owusu, Youth Outreach Coordinator, to ask her five questions about her youth peer support group workshops:

Q: What are your Youth Supporting Youth workshops all about?

A: My workshops are tailored around peer support and effective skills needed to start and sustain youth led support groups, such as, communication skills, conflict resolution, active listening, confidentiality and leadership.

Q: Why is learning about peer support groups valuable to youth?

A: Learning about peer support groups is very valuable to youth because the adolescent/youth stages can be a very vulnerable and lonely stage for some youth who feel they do not have any peers or support or anybody to talk to. When youth learn what peer support entails, they can empower each other through leadership and gain confidence though group discussions and ongoing consistent support. They begin to recognize their own uniqueness through peer support groups.

Q: What types of exercises do you do in the workshops?

A: During the youth peer support group workshops we work on skill building exercises, such as emotional strength building and public speaking, which is very essential because it builds a lot of confidence in our youth. We then focus and expand on ideas and topics that youth what to talk about when they are running their own youth groups in the future. I do these exercises because sometimes the idea of starting a peer support group sounds bigger than it really is, so when you give the youth the opportunity themselves to decide topics of interest and develop group names, they’ve already began the process of a peer support group without even realizing it, which is empowering for them.

Q: Why are basic communication and leadership skills so important to peer support?

A: Those skills are  important for peer support youth groups because in order to sustain a positive, honest, supportive group, we need youth that carry themselves as leaders in and out of the group. That helps build high self esteem for our youth.

Q: What are your hopes for the future of youth peer support groups?

A: I believe that with community support, and enough resources these youth peer support groups will be very successful in the future. Youth really need programs in their communities, where they can come together on a consistent basis. They need a safe haven where they can feel comfortable enough to share experiences and stories and grow through that process.

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