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Building Strong Futures: Young Women’s Outreach Program

Young brown woman with words "Confidence and self esteem"Scarborough Women’s Centre offers the Building Strong Futures: Young Women’s Outreach Program to meet the needs of young women, ages 13-19 at schools and community organizations in Scarborough.
Our program offers interactive workshops that focus on empowering youth to create success and independence for themselves by making positive life choices. Since 2009, the program has mentored over 500 participants and continues its outreach efforts to new and existing young women.
If you want us to facilitate our programs at your school, community agency or event, please contact Priscilla Arias at 416-439-7111 ext.4 or specialproject@scarboroughwomenscentre.ca

OUR PROGRAMS

Interactive Workshops

Workshops vary in topics and are provided to young women in small groups with a trained facilitator.  Topics include:

  • Building Self-Esteem
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Body Image
  • Goal Setting
  • Healthy Eating and Active Living
  • Mental Health
  • Feminism
  • Self-Care Practices

We are always adding workshops to our program, please feel free to inquire about any specific topics.

Young Women’s Leadership Development Program

To help increase awareness on issues affecting young women, we have created a multi-session Young Women’s Leadership Development Program where young women volunteer their time to become ambassadors in their communities. As part of this program, participants will:

  • Work on creative projects that address young women’s issues (e.g. zines, posters, pamphlets, flyers)
  • Attend training to learn essential leadership and outreach tools
  • Help raise awareness of young women’s issues, such as self-esteem & body image, teen dating violence, young women’s health and healthy relationships
  • A safe and supportive place to meet with other young women in discussing topics and issues of interest
  • Experience working in the social service field
  • Earn volunteer community hours
  • Have fun with other young women while making a difference in the community

Sisters Assisting Sisters of Scarborough (SASS) our Young Women’s Mentoring Program

To assist in achieving her goals, a teen Young Woman 15-19 years-old, is matched with an adult Young Woman 20-31 years-old. Volunteer mentors are trained to guide their mentees through challenges and obstacles in their lives by empowering and supporting them to create positive outcomes for themselves.  Young women will be carefully paired with someone who can help work on concrete plans for their futures, and provide a safe environment for discussions on issues including relationships, staying in school, and life goals.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer and Student Placement opportunities are available to those who wish to assist with the operation of our Building Strong Futures Program. Opportunities include:

  • Workshop Development & Assistance
  • Program Administration & Outreach
  • Mentoring for S.A.S.S (Please note:  Mentors must be between the ages of 19-31 years old.)

Social media

Join us and follow Building Strong Futures on Social Media for the most up-to-date information:

FACEBOOK: Building Strong Futures: Young Women’s Outreach @SWC

TWITTER: @SWCYoungWomen

Check out our Young women’s resource info brochure

For more information on our workshops or volunteer/student placement opportunities, please contact Priscilla Arias, Building Strong Futures: Young Women’s Outreach Project Coordinator at:

Tel: 416-439-7111 ext. 4
Email: specialproject@scarboroughwomenscentre.ca

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