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The Lil’ Beez: it's time to register!

A celebration of African and Black cultures

Would you like to register your daughter in the project, or get more information?

This is the information we need from you!

  • Name of a parent or legal guardian
  • Child’s name and & date of birth
  • Country of origin (to help develop the workshop’s content)

How to send us the information?

When does the program start and when is the limit date for registration?

  • The program begins March 18, 2017.
  • Contact us by March 15, 2017.

Dates for our next workshops

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Saturday, May 27, 2017
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017

What does the “Lil’ Beez” project consist of?

The “Lil Beez” project aims to contribute to the the personal and social development of little Black girls through the learning of their cultural heritage and by reinforcing their sense of self-esteem and autonomy. By participating in the creative and educational workshops, the girls will be able to develop life skills necessary for their social and academic success.

Why does this project exists?

The “Lil’ Beez” project is the fruit of a meeting between a social worker, a single mother, and a group of committed women.

In the summer of 2016, during a meeting between a social worker from the Clinique communautaire of Pointe-Saint-Charles and a mom from the neighbourhood, emerged the idea of a project that would aim at reinforcing self-esteem in little Black girls. Indeed, during that meeting, the mom shared some of the challenges her 4 year-old daughter experiences on a daily basis: becoming more and more conscious of the physical traits that distinguish her from her friends, (her hair, her skin colour), she constantly repeats that she “wants to look like others”.

How do you avoid such a state from transforming into a generalized lack of confidence? How do we help them succeed academically all the while building a strong self-esteem? How do you prepare her to confront all the obstacles she might face? Where do you find spaces where she wouldn’t feel like she is a minority?

So many questions on which the two women decide to reflect, in order to find ways to help this little girl thrive, along with many girls living in the neighbourhood.

A few weeks later, a group of young dynamic women originally from Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean decide to meet to discuss the situation. Having directly or indirectly experienced discrimination and belittling because of their racial identities, they all agree that such a project is much needed.

And in the Fall of 2016, with the help of the Clinique communautaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles, the “Lil’ Beez” project is born.

Who are we?

We are moms, aunts, big sisters, and friends that have a strong desire to reinforce a positive image of girls and women of African descent.

We are motivated by our will to enrich the little girls with their cultural heritage; we are determined to counter anything that could cause a negative self-esteem; and we are determined to support and help the participants develop skills that will be useful for them throughout their lives.

Who does this project target?

This project was conceived for little girls of African descent, aged 4 to 11, mainly residing in Pointe-Saint-Charles, or in the South-West of Montreal.

Who are these girls of “African descent”?

By “African descent”, we mean any girl that belongs to the African diaspora, that has a least one parent or one ancestor that was born on the African continent.

For example: these girls could be (but not exclusively) of African, North American, Latin American, and Caribbean origin, or from the Indian Ocean islands.

What activities do we offer?

Once a month, the girls will be invited to participate in fun afternoons, in which we will have dance and african theater workshops along with crafting, story-telling, educational games, and many more surprises!

Once they are enrolled, the girls will commit to participating in a 4 months program, from March to June. The workshops will be created as the program goes, in order to adjust the project to the girls’ ages, cultural heritage, and the needs of each participant. For that reason, it will not be possible to accept new registration once the program has started.

Below, you can find an example of the thematics that we will address, as well as some of the skills we plan on developing, depending on the participant’s needs.

Project realized in collaboration with the Pointe-Saint-Charles Community Clinic

 

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