This program runs in February and it speaks to how Valentine’s Day should not be solely about notions of romantic love, but should recognize and celebrate girls’ empowerment. Through open dialogue, creative activities and storytelling, the mission of the project is to generate transformative knowledge that embodies the voices and inclusion of all young girls that participates. The workshops encompasses a range of topics related to the challenges and barriers that girls encounter on a daily basis. Internal, relational, and systemic forms of violence are explored along with self-harm, media’s portrayal of unrealistic body image, hyper sexualization of females, stereotypes, and sexual/physical/emotional abuse.
This began as a one day event in March, 2013 as part of the celebration of International Women’s Day where girls come together in activism, learning, and playing basketball games. Girls and young women come together to transform their generation as change agents by challenging gender violence, racism, sexism, and gender-stereotyping, particularly around sports. We discuss what healthy eating, realistic body image, and fitness are all about. DLAG has become a year-long program now with support such as we received from JCS Canada Charity Fund and the more recently Maple Leafs Sports Entertainment Foundation.
Our annual March Break Camp program consists of two (2) divisions of 6-9 year olds and 10-13 year olds. March Break Camp at Lady Ballers Camp is worth looking forward to as we intend to live up to our goal: Friends, Fit, and Fun. Campers participate in recreational basketball games and activities as well as other sports. They venture into artistic creativity through portraits, cartoon designing, moulding, painting, beading etc. A chosen form of dance is incorporated enabling campers to express themselves through movement, further promoting physical activity and development.
Our annual summer camp program consists of two (2) divisions of 5-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds. Leaders-in-Training (LIT), Counsellors-in-Training (CIT) programs are available for 13-15 year olds. Summer Camp at Lady Ballers Camp is worth looking forward to as we intend to live up to our goal: Friends, Fit, and Fun. Participants set weekly skill development goals and work with counsellors and trainers to accomplish them. Scrimmages and drills are incorporated in training to ensure campers are constantly challenged and show improvement while also having fun! Campers enjoy the details, inspiration, creativity and excitement of the Arts using a variety of materials from pencils and crayons to paints and pastels. Campers venture into artistic creativity through portraits, cartoon designing, moulding, painting, beading etc. Various forms of dance are also an integral part of daily camp life enabling campers to express themselves through movement, further promoting physical activity and development.
This is a 12 week leadership program, delivered to marginalized girls with the understanding that they have great leadership potential because of the multitude of barriers they continue to overcome. This program fosters healthier and stronger communities, where girls and young women can rise and shine, and be true advocates for change.