August 2012

Young Women Lead the Way at the ASI

CHARLOTTETOWN | AUGUST 7, 2012 - A new generation of young leaders is descending upon Charlottetown this August, for the Atlantic Summer Institute’s Young Women and Community Leadership Program, August 21 to 24, at Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI.

The Atlantic Summer Institute theme this year is “Inspiration to Action: Leadership for Active Communities”.  As a new dimension of the ASI, the young women’s program will help women aged 18-25 take on a greater leadership role in their communities, making Atlantic Canada stronger, healthier, and more vibrant.

Megan Stewart, Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Atlantic Summer Institute, has been finalizing the program developed by and for young women in Atlantic Canada. “The program is shaping up to be an exciting four days of leadership training, creativity, and collaboration. We have a diverse group of young women already registered, and are reaching out to young Island women to participate in this unique learning opportunity.”

Through an engaging, experiential program, young women will develop new leadership ideas and skills, create plans for how they can make a difference in their communities, and expand their network of friends and supporters who can help them turn their ideas into realities. Participants will attend workshops covering topics such as Sex and Gender-based Analysis, creating a vision plan, and gathering the resources to act on it. They will work together to develop new projects for their communities, and will create a collaborative zine to share their experiences and to use as a resource in their future leadership work.

The young women will also have the opportunity to discover new ways to stay active. The Charlottetown Running Room will host a clinic on motivation and exercise, Moksha Yoga will lead an outdoor yoga class; a ZUMBA class and a Nordic Walking workshop will also be offered.

Recruitment is now taking place to gather young women from all four Atlantic Provinces. Emerging and established young women leaders between the ages of 18 to 25 are invited to register for this unique leadership program. Funding is still available for participants from PEI. Potential participants should register as soon as possible to secure their place.

For information on the program, registration and funding support contact Megan Stewart, Youth Engagement Coordinator, via email: or telephone: 902.894.3399 or 902.213.1505 (cell).

The Young Women and Community Leadership Program is delivered as part of the project Building Leadership Capacity Among Women and Girls in Atlantic Canada, funded by Status of Women Canada (SWC) Women’s Community Fund.

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