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Our Workshops

Our workshops are free of charge and open to all youth. Upcoming workshops are centred on the following topics:

  • Empowering to engage: launching RISE Collective. Introducing our aspirations and hearing from you.
  • Online film screenings: tune in to the works of Black and Brown activists and grassroots, feminist organizing.
  • Moving for the movement: move your body with guided practices to allow you to better show up for yourself and your community.
  • Honour Collaging: Honour Black, Brown and Indigenous women and people of colour that have made real impact in Canada.
  • Hear from Her: Join us for events focused on honouring and celebrating Black, Indigenous People of Colour with guest speakers
  • Rise Up. Take Care: Get equipped with the tools you need to sustain your activism. Unpack the concept of self-care and what that looks like, for you.
  • Rise Up. Skill Up: Acknowledge your strengths and build your skills to strengthen your networks and build community. Together, we’ll centre on trans-inclusive feminism, eco-feminism and environmental justice, challenging Islamophobia and bystander intervention.
  • RISE Review: engage in the likes of Canadian feminist authors and participate in our RISE review with fellow members of the collective.

Upcoming Workshops

Empowered Embodiment Talk with Robin Lacambra

January 29, 2021
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (EST) via Zoom

“Empowered Embodiment is waking up the idea that: If you are alive, you are a leader.” Join Robin Lacambra for an interactive talk around embodied leadership. This event will workshop and redefine traditional ways of looking at leadership through connecting youth with what being a leader means to them.

Empowered Embodiment Talk with Robin Lacambra is made possible thanks to YWCA Canada and the Government of Canada.

RISE Collective Moves

Holiday Trial and Sneak Peak is December 19, 2020.
Regular weekly programming begins January 9, 2021
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. (EST) via Zoom

A 45-minute movement class for young women, non-binary, trans and femme-identified youth. The purpose of the class is to bridge movement as a tool to care for our bodies and minds in order to show up better and stay active in our community. This class uses the GOODBODYFEEL movement method. RISE Collective Moves is made possible thanks to YWCA Canada and the Government of Canada.

Film Screenings & RISE Talks

Bi-weekly workshop offered every other Friday starting January 8, 2021.
5:00-6:30 p.m. (EST) via Zoom

Discussion and learning opportunity with different films with historical and feminist significance. Sourcing a lot of films from the National Film Board. Our first title to be screened will be: Sisters in Struggle by Dionne Brand.

This documentary features Black women active in politics as well as community, labour and feminist organizing. They share their insights and personal testimonies on the double legacy of racism and sexism, linking their personal struggles with the ongoing battle to end systemic discrimination and violence against women and people of colour.

Our Film Screenings & RISE Talks are made possible thanks to YWCA Canada and the Government of Canada.

The RISE Collective Review: A Young Feminist Book Review

Bi-weekly workshop offered every other Friday starting January 8, 2021.
5:00-6:30 p.m. (EST) via Zoom

Our review creates space for cis and trans young women and non-binary people who are interested in discussions that center the experiences of women.  Our review provides an opportunity for young writers to share their views and opinions based on the works with a feminist and social justice lens by Canadian and Indigenous feminist authors.

Our RISE Collective Reviews are made possible thanks to YWCA Canada and the Government of Canada.

Women in Black History: A Collaging Workshop

February 24, 2021
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (EST) via Zoom

Explore the art practice of collaging through honouring and highlighting Black women in Canadian history. Youth will have the opportunity to choose a woman to highlight and then collage a piece of art dedicated to that person.

Registered participants will receive collaging kits to include paper, glue, scissors, tape and various magazine/newspaper/flyer clippings. We also encourage youth to gather materials of their own to collage with.

Past Workshops

The Art of the Book Review Workshop + The Young Feminist Book Review Launch

Thursday, November 5, 2020

6:00 p.m. (EST) via Zoom

Join the YWCA Hamilton’s Youth RISE Collective for a free workshop on how to write book reviews with local Hamilton writer and editor, Jessica Rose and writer Anuja Varghese! This workshop will focus on how and where youth can pitch book reviews, learn about what a book review is and how they are formatted. This workshop will help inform and equip youth to share their reviews with us at the YWCA Hamilton as we launch a new the Young Feminist Book Review Blog, which will focus on sharing the opinions and viewpoints of youth on an open list of books by Canadian and Indigenous authors of marginalized genders, including cis and trans women and authors that identify as non-binary.

RISE Collective workshops are funded by:


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