Showing posts from December, 2018

Diva Girls' Blog Post - December 7th (Rogers Trip)

This session the girls attended a trip to The Rogers Community Centre where the used everything we had learned in the past weeks. The girls were seated in a meeting room where one of the presenters, Samantha started off with the Land Acknowledgement.

After that she offered a quick run through of what we were going to do that day and talked about the people that were in the room. This lead us into the ice breaker. The girls were asked to list 2 things they wanted people to talk to them about and walk around in the room looking for someone they have never spoken to before.

The girls listed things like: the future, their name, cooking, food, and more. There was a lot of diversity in the things both the girls and the women that work at rogers stated. After the ice breaker they went back to their seats and the women at Rogers started speaking.

A guest speaker, Tracy Moore from Cityline Tv, started first. her presentation was on confidence, resiliency, and how things are unexpected.

Tracy …

Little Divas girls' program - November 9th & 23rd

The Little Divas girls' program continued into November, taking a break for November 16th when the girls had a PA Day.

The next concept we began exploring with the girls was feminism! We obviously started with what feminism is and what types of things feminists believe and advocate for. Below is a sample of the basic ways the concept was introduced and explained for the girls.

After the girls had a basic grasp of the concept of feminism and what it means to call yourself a feminist, they were asked whether they would consider themselves feminists personally. Even though the girls generally agreed with the basics of what feminism is, they were still hesitant to accept and embrace the actual label of "feminist" for themselves. This led into an interesting discussion about why the girls felt that they would not immediately label themselves as feminist, even though they did agree with the views and ideas that comprise feminism as a concept. We also then discussed why other p…

Powerful By Nature - Drug Use and Harm Reduction

Date:  December 10th, 2018 Hosts:  Paola 
Guests:  Frank, Street Health Topic:  Drug Use and Harm Reduction
This week, Paola hostedan episode on drug use and harm reduction. The first half of the show, focused on the overdose crisis in North America and the importance of safe injection sites and non-judgmental wraparound services for drug users. Starting off with an interview with Frank from Street Health, we learned a little bit about the history and meaning of

Diva Girls' Blog Post - November 30th

This session the girls created pieces to show and present during the Rogers Communications trip that will be taking place on December 7th.

When the girls first arrived the got into groups. There were 3 groups in total and each would be working on something different. One group worked on a spoken word poem, another on a collage, and the last group worked on searching for songs that described confidence and talking about why it was special to them.

Some of the songs the group had picked was:
                                      - Hall of Fame by The Script
                                      - Idol by BTS
                                      - Survivor by Destiny's Child

The spoken word poem was one about finding confidence in wearing the Hijab and had to do with all the stereotypes that are imposed on females that wear the hijab.

The last group worked on a collage that showed confidence.

After that the girls brainstormed some questions to ask the workers at rogers. There were …

Diva Girls' Blog Post - November 9th & 23rd (Rogers Trip Planning)

For these 2 sessions the girls worked on what they want to achieve after their trip to Rogers Communications on December 7th. They are hoping that it will help them get the knowledge and resources they need to create media related products in the future.

The girls continued brainstorming ways to present information, this being through a television broadcast, a radio program, magazine articles, news reports, and podcasts.

Because they really liked the idea of a podcast we went off from that and listed a couple of topics. They came up with 11 topics and voted on four to work on.
These were:
                                  - Racism
                                  - Feminism
                                  - Gentrifications
                                  - Mental health

After they picked these 4 topics we went further in depth about what exactly we would want to talk about in each topic, we completed racism and gentrification last time, this time we talked about mental health an…

Catch da Flava on Mental Health & Mental Illness

On Tuesday November 27th, Radio Regent's Catch da Flava youth radio show explored the topic of mental health and mental illness. We were fortunate enough to have guest Mike Stroh from mental health organization Starts With Me on the show with us as a guest. Mike answered a number of great questions from the youth and had some important and thought-provoking discussions with us about mental health and mental illness. For more information about Mike's work and Starts With Me, visit

We started off the show the way we usually do when we are introducing the topic or issue for the day's episode, which is to provide a definition or general explanation of the main concept. Mike made the important distinction between the terms "mental health" and "mental illness" for us and our listeners.

The youth started the discussion off by asking Mike to talk about some of the most common forms of mental illness, especially for youth in particular.…