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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

RISE Collective Moves

Weekly on Saturdays
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.

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.

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.

The Art of Collaging with Stylo Starr: Honouring Black Canadian Women

The Art of Collaging with Stylo Starr: Honouring Black Canadian Women

Friday, March 12, 2021
4:00-5:30 p.m. (EST) via Zoom

Workshop details: Join the RISE Collective for a workshop on the art practice of collaging! This workshop will be led by local artist Stylo Starr. For this workshop, participants will be making pieces that honour Black women in Canadian history. All materials will be provided.

Stylo’s Bio: Stylo Starr is a visual alchemist, known for her multi-layered digital and handcut collages that explore the Black Body, the Black Experience, and the Black Future. She has created visuals for musicians, writers, major companies and not-for-profits, and currently is working on developing her studio practice. Stylo has previously exhibited at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in 2017, and just recently closed a show for her series 89DAMES at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Join a collective of Asian community members for a movement and creative session to connect, heal, learn from one another and celebrate Asian heritage. This movement session will be led by Robin Lacambra, creator of GOODBODYFEEL Movement Studio.

In the essence of #ReclaimingSpace, participants are invited to debrief after the session to talk about next steps beyond Asian Heritage Month to continue celebrating and bringing to light Asian culture and history, while working toward a broader vision to tackle anti-Asian racism. The debrief is optional and there will be a brief pause in between for folks to decide if they’d like to participate.

This event is also a callout for folks of Asian descent to join the Hamilton Asian Alliance: A collective of local members of the Asian community interested in addressing anti-Asian racism and advancing social justice and equity in the city.

This event is open to all ages and open to Asian people (East Asians, South Asian, West Asian, Central Asian, Southeast Asian and those with identities that intersect with Asian descent). Please email hamontasianalliance@gmail.com if you have questions.

You will be asked to self-identify in the sign up to ensure the safety of all participants.

In-lieu of attendance and to further support, please consider donating to Butterfly and/or GOODBODYFEEL’s BIPOC Teacher Training fund.

This is a workshop to learn about the voting process for the upcoming federal election on Monday, September 20th. Participants will learn about the voting process and also have space to talk about election priorities that matter most to them such as affordable housing, income security for all residents, and meaningful action on gender-based violence. 

This workshop is open to anyone in the RISE Collective demographic, including young people who may not be at the voting age but want to learn more about the electoral process!

RISE Collective workshops are funded by:


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