Youth Rising Above is developing a new, innovative women’s program launching in fall 2021 and we want to hear from you! We are hosting a discussion circle to learn and understand your ideas, experiences, and opinions, to help us get an idea of what Youth Rising Above’s women’s program should look like. This is a space where you can collaborate with peers, share your thoughts, inform program goals and activities, and learn a bit about what it’s like to develop community-based programs.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Lela (she/her), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for our Women's Programming Discussion Circles, complete the registration form below.
A discussion circle is a small-group where you can freely interact, discuss, and collaborate with your peers over 4 sessions, to share opinions, ideas, and experiences about certain topics.
Participants will receive a $30 food gift card for each session they attend. All gift cards will be provided at the end of all 4 sessions.
The discussion circle is open to all female-identifying youth, age 16-24. Participants do not need to have any previous experience in discussion circles. Registration is limited to 10 youth participants.
We are hosting a discussion circle as a way to create a space where a small group can get to know one another, share ideas, experiences, and participate in activities that will help to inform the development of women’s programming at Youth Rising Above (YRA). We hope that a discussion circle can help to create a safe and comfortable space for collaborative, supportive discussions about topics that affect female-identifying youth, and how YRA can best support young women through new, innovative programs.
Participants can expect to participate in 4 sessions: June 17, June 24, July 8 and July 15 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm EST, which will be held online (through Zoom). Those who register will be invited to join a 30 minute orientation session with group facilitators before confirming participation in the group. The orientation session will be an opportunity to: (1) get to know the facilitators, (2) understand the purpose of the discussion circles, and (3) ask questions and discuss any considerations.
Discussion circles will include open discussion, questions, and activities to explore various topics and experiences in depth. Youth will be encouraged to share, collaborate and respectfully explore different opinions within the group through discussion, activities, and reflections.
Participants are asked to attend all 4 sessions, 2 hours each, for a total of 8 hours of discussion sessions, in addition to a 30 minute orientation session. Participants may be asked to complete reflection activities, prepare small tasks, and review materials in between sessions (no more than 2 hours total).
We invite you to be a part of our women’s program discussion circle group. Please see the application form below. Due to small group sizes required for in-depth discussions, group size will be limited to 10 participants. Because of this, unfortunately, we can not guarantee a spot to all those who apply. Applications will be accepted until June 21st and all applicants will hear back from program coordinators between June 28th - July 2nd.
Join our Discussion Circles today by completing the application below.