Beautiful Girls Program

Organization Sponsor: Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services

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Program Description

The Beautiful Girls program helps empower girls through conversation circles that help address the issues they have about self esteem and self-worth. Other issues discussed in the program are related to adjusting well to school, figuring out who they are and what their place in the world is, the pressures about body image, maturity, popularity, relationships.

For young girls who are immigrants or first generation residents of Canada, the issues can be compounded by uncertainty about economic insecurity of their parents, language and cultural barriers, and the future.

Girls make connections with other girls in The Beautiful Girls group, which is facilitated and by our trained Settlement Counsellors. 

Beautiful Girls program offers an opportunity for young participants to voice the conflicts and mixed messages they receive and get peer support to find solutions to their problems and make healthy and positive life choices. It offers excellent opportunities to engage young girls in fun filled activities, where they can learn new skills and express their thoughts to validate positive self worth.

Funding Sources: 

The program is funded by the RBC Foundation.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Change is the only constant, both in organizations and in our communities. Nonprofit organizations, like all institutions, wrestle continually with the question of how to keep going and to improve their lot. Especially during today’s difficult economic times. In short, non-profits must constantly strive for sustainability. Polycultural has newly adopted the following formula for sustainability:Sustainable organizations exhibit leadership that is visionary, strategic, inclusive, decisive, inspirational, motivational, and accountable. The organization should have an adaptable capacity by being able to monitor, assess, respond to, and create internal and external changes. Our management should be able to use resources effectively and efficiently and to employ all skills, experience, knowledge, tools, facilities and technology to implement all programmatic, organizational and community strategies.

Impact Of Program: 

The program provides a safe and ‘girls only’ zone for girls and young women to meet on a weekly basis. The allure of the group is that girls are from diverse, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Girls are encouraged to be themselves, to share their experiences, aspirations, history, traditions, folklore and customs and also, to learn from each other.

108 individuals participated in the Beautiful Girls Program 2013-14 year.

 

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Program Objectives  To increase self-esteem and self-worth in girls and young women  To reduce peer and domestic violence  To improve communication between immigrant parents and their children.

Step inside any one of our five locations around the GTA and you’ll feel it: a culture of care, compassion and human connection. Our commitment to our people-first culture runs deep and has inspired a leadership model that places a priority on improving the lives of the people in our communities.Languages spoken at Polycultural include: Albanian, Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Dari, Farsi, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Polish, Punjabi, Pushtu, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Ukrainian and Urdu.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Our history as a non-profit community based organization dates back to 1973 when we emerged as Polish Immigrant Aid Services-Toronto (PIAST) to respond to the needs of the local Polish community.Our name was changed in 2000 to Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services to better reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of the clients we serve.We have recently developed a number of new initiatives to engage youth. Our programs focus on leadership, employment, self-esteem, social activities and education. 2013-2014.

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