Team Education is getting back into the swing of weekly workshops. We’ve been in contact with local elementary schools and things are looking excellent for our goals this semester! As the month wraps up, and local highschools move on from exam season we hope to book more workshops with them. This week, we were invited into Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternate School and spoke to a group of about 10-15 students.
The class we presented to was a little shy at first, so we asked everyone to write a question (or several questions) on a piece of paper and put it into a hat. Once we started answering those questions, students loosened up and we were able to have really great diologues about things ranging from Zoe and I’s different narratives to allyship without tokenizing! We also talked about our coming out stories and one student told us she baked a cake for her parents and wrote “I’m gay!” across it in icing. Points for creativity!
One question that really stood out to me was “what do you do if you are questioning your sexuality?”. My suggestion was to allow yourself to explore, and to be kind and gentle with yourself while exploring. Check out events, go to drop ins. Socialize if possible, and if that isn’t possible — the internet is so vast that you can learn so much in an hour. The most important piece of advice though, was to do what feels right and comfortable for you.
Coming up for Team Education, we’ve got a Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality workshop, and I will be travelling to North Bay with my colleauges Lukayo Estrella and Kaitlynne-Rae Landry to present at a conferance.
Additionally, Team Education is looking forward to Stand Up, Speak Out: A creative March Break program for LGBTQ & Allied Youth using Theatre for social change. This is a unique March Break Camp that brings together theatre and social justice. Participants will develop a new interactive theatre production that challenges bullying, homophobia and transphobia, all while learning new theatre skills, building self-confidence and making new friends. No previous theatre experience is necessary. For more information follow the hyper-link above!
Our workshops are always free, but we do encourage any donations to keep our organization going. If you are interested in making a donation to Jer’s Vision, please follow the hyperlink. Furthermore, if you are interested in booking a workshop please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, and concerns.
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