POWER Camp National , 2006
Community organizations and girls’ program facilitators are continuously developing and implementing new approaches, pedagogies, and practices in their work with girls and young women. However, because of time and resource limitations, it is often diffi cult to compile and synthesize advances made, and to capture and transfer critical information to other practitioners working in similar fields. This document is intended to bring together the experiences, knowledge, and lessons learned in the form of “best practices.”
“Best practices”, in this sense, includes any projects, practices, approaches, methods or techniques, technological or artistic applications, or activities that expand upon, improve, modify or experiment with the overall objective of promoting social justice through one’s work with and for girls and young women. Creating and ensuring the wide availability of a “best practices” document is an important step in building upon existing knowledge. This document is not a “how-to” guide by any stretch; rather, it is meant to be a fluid learning tool. We intend for this project to contribute to the continuous process of identifying innovative and effective practices used (and some of the barriers to practice) in girl-specific programs in communities across Canada. A “best practices” project like this cannot exist in a vacuum. Drawing on the grassroots girls’ programs that take part in the POWER Camp National network, we gathered information from individuals and organizations across the country actively working with and for girls and young women. While there are marked differences in how projects and programs are organized and implemented, they often share similar goals, resources, approaches, and concerns, and in all cases, girls and young women are at the forefront of these matters. We intend for this document to serve as a resource for the young women and organizations active in this burgeoning field. We hope that this project will be a support to those initiating and developing girls’ programs with the goals of social justice, anti-oppression, and violence prevention.
We have attempted to highlight innovative projects and practices, discuss the complexity and intersectionality of issues, and ultimately compile a document that will help drive innovative projects in the future. We hope you find it useful!