Women Lead YYC is a program designed to support women who want to lead, influence or participate in collective action in order to improve their community. This program explores mindsets, leadership approaches and communication strategies that boost the chances of successfully influencing change. We launched this program in January 2018 and were overwhelmed by the number of women who expressed interest in taking part.
Participants of Women Lead YYC:
- spread awareness
- create opportunities for learning and discussion
- support women’s leadership
- focus on critical issues that matter to women
- bring a gender-plus lens to public policy in our outreach and research efforts
There will be two Women Lead YYC cohorts that will meet six times on Tuesday evenings. The fall cohort will run September 22 – October 27, 2020, and the winter cohort will run January 19 – February 23, 2021. Sessions will run from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, and will cover topics like community organizing, strategic communications, movement building, connecting with allies, and addressing systemic barriers and root causes of community problems.
We’re assembling a group of 12 motivated women who are interested in building a network and working for change at a local level. Sessions will take place in person at the Women’s Centre while following Alberta Health guidelines; however, the program could move online via Zoom if provincial health circumstances change. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic child-minding will not be available for this cohort. This program is open to anyone who identifies as a woman.
The Women’s Centre of Calgary was involved in the development of the curriculum with the Community Development Learning Initiative, since then we have extensively adapted the curriculum with a focus on Women in Leadership in response to the needs of women in our community.
This curriculum serves as a framework — not a script — for community development learning. It is provided under a Creative Commons license in the spirit of making it accessible and encouraging innovative use.
We recognize that leadership takes on many different forms. Whether you have years of experience working to influence change, or are interested in connecting with a group of inspiring women, Women Lead YYC is for you. We’re looking for women who want to build community, connect with others, and hone their skills.
Applications for the September – October 2020 and January – February 2021 cohorts are now closed. Please stay tuned for information about the Spring 2021 program. Sessions will take place in person at the Women’s Centre while following Alberta Health guidelines; however, the program could move online via Zoom if provincial health circumstances change. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, no child-minding will be available for current and future cohorts.
For more details, please contact Monique at firstname.lastname@example.org.