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Girls Empowerment Movement Sparks Change for Youth Through the Proactivity Project

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Girls Empowerment Movement Sparks Change for Youth Through the Proactivity Project

Youth in Action Grants are a one-time grant opportunity focused on youth-led projects for creative ideas to address community issues in Peel Region. In 2016, $15,000 was funded by United Way of Peel Region and distributed to 10 youth-led projects through this granting opportunity. 

Saturday is International Youth Day, and to celebrate, we wanted to highlight some of the incredible projects youth in our community implemented in the past year. 

Here’s what Girls Empowerment Movement has been up to!

The Proactivity Project

The Proactivity Project was an initiative created and facilitated by Girls Empowerment Movement (GEM). This youth organization consists of dedicated women who are currently pursuing post-secondary education majoring in several different fields. The Proactivity Project was a one-day conference where participants received the opportunity to learn more about financial literacy and gender equality. We were very happy with the facilitation of our event as delegates were grateful to have participated. They were able to engage in discussions surrounding gender inequality in a safe and inclusive environment and also learn more about building credit and student loans - topics which are not covered in the current Ontario curriculum. 

Through the Youth in Action Grant opportunity, we were able to create an impact by providing a unique opportunity which aimed to bridge the gaps within the current academic curriculum within high schools. Too many students learn about money management through mistakes during post-secondary education. Furthermore, not many spaces within schools and the community offer opportunities to discuss issues surrounding gender and questioning the normalized school of thought. Consequently, we feel that the Proactivity Project was able to enhance financial literacy as well as critical thinking skills of the participants.  

The execution of this event was an intensive process and required a fair amount of logistical work. After all was completed, we found that we were able to enhance our time management, communication, and collaboration skills. We also learned that despite having a low participation rate, we were still successful in creating an impact within the community. Our goal was to educate the participants on financial literacy and gender equality and their importance, which we found we were successful in achieving. 

          - Nikita Chauhan, Executive Director of Girls Empowerment Movement

These grants would not be possible without you, and when you give to United Way, you are truly changing the lives of youth in our community!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on another spectacular youth-led initiative.

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