To reduce adolescent stress that can exacerbate depression and anxiety, we integrate art projects, nutrition, movement, breath work, mindfulness, community engagement, and outlets for expression into our programming, while creating space for healthy peer connections. Facilitators and guest speakers discuss topics such as positive body image, social media awareness, food justice, connection to nature, and the importance of implementing self-care habits into daily life.
We acknowledge that harmful gender stereotypes have created skill gaps for people socialized as girls. We aim to break the cycle of conditioning girls, trans, and non binary youth to be quiet, docile “people pleasers,” by equipping them with the skills they need to:
Be confident in their skin
Advocate for themselves and others
Clearly articulate their needs and wants
Build a loyal and nurturing relationship with themselves
Work towards resilience
Participate as active members of their community
Each activity in our Empowerment Program helps youth build one skill. By the end of our program, youth will have a whole “toolkit” of skills to help them navigate adolescence and beyond.