On January 16 to 19, 2020 in Muskoka, Ontario, Young leaders will connect with over 100 other young womenand non-binary youth from every province and territory in an idyllic and secluded lakefront camp retreat north of Toronto.
Think Big! Lead Now! Young Women’s National Leadership Program is a comprehensive bilingual leadership program that includes online learning sessions and talks, self-study, peer mentorship and support, and civic engagement activities along with a three-day immersive training and networking summit.
Grounded in intersectional feminism and social justice, this program has been designed to equip young women and non-binary youth with the knowledge and skills to lead and be change-makers in their communities and beyond.
YWCA Canada works on the belief that the best method for strengthening young women’s leadership is to provide participants with new experiences that allow them to stretch beyond their comfort level, enhance their skills through practice and enable them to reflect on the experience.
During the immersive, experiential, three-day training, participants will meet and work with their Peer Mentor and Support Groups. A roster of incredible women and non-binary youth from a range of sectors will be on hand for skills-building workshops, presentations, outdoor activities, and group discussions about leadership and overcoming barriers.
“The summit not only made me connections from all over Canada but it made me connect with myself, my goals, skills and assets.”
Celebrate women and reflect on the contributions women have made to the fabric of Canada. Participants will be invited to share your own feminist heritage minute or poster featuring a Canadian woman role model, leader or activist, or on a historic moment or a unique aspect of Canada that inspires them.
Plenary sessions could include:
Finding and keeping your voice
What makes you a good leader
Techniques to overcoming conflict, common challenges
Participants will be invited to select from a range of skills-based workshops that correspond to their strengths-based assessment and leadership skills. Workshops are informed by the interest and skills level of the participants, and could include:
- Advocacy & lobbying
- Arts-based social justice
- Board governance
- Communications strategies
- Event planning & accessibility
- Feminism & social justice
- Grant writing & Fundraising
- Intersectional feminism, anti-racism & anti-oppression
- Leading to the beat of your own drum
- Political leadership
- Project management
- Public speaking