Reading Circle Programs
For Moms: Women with Words Reading Circles
Women with Words (WWW) is a unique and innovative program designed in response to the need for a different approach to learning for marginalized young moms. Because most of our clients have been victims of abuse, violence or neglect, the program offers participants a safe, non-judgmental environment, where they can overcome their feelings of abandonment and isolation.
- Held at various partner shelters and youth centres across the GTA, each week young moms join the circles to read and discuss novels with trained facilitators.
- They read books that are relevant to their lives, allowing participants the opportunity to reflect on issues and problems they often feel they cannot control.
- Through highly interactive discussions and writing tasks, participants develop skills in literacy, empathy and decision-making, and learn that their voices have value. This leads to increased self-confidence and a renewed interest in learning that is then passed on to their children.
For Kids: Super Readers
- These stories will explore topics such as bullying, peer pressure, growing up, making friends and more.
- The super readers discuss these issues, often out of their control, safely through the characters in the story.
- By reading relatable novels, discussions and writing exercises, they begin appreciating language as a tool of expression and advocacy, developing the skills they need for success.
The Art of the Story
- The eight-week workshop will feature various dynamic guest speakers, including improv artists, social activists and playwrights.
- Each week, learners will be given short, in-class writing assignments to help chip away at their writing blocks and access their voices.
- Participants will have the option of pitching their final stories to the widely-read, female-centric blog,The Hairpin.
One pot, Many Stories
- The eight-week workshop will end with a Reading Circle Pot Luck.
- Imparting food knowledge in a safe environment that accounts for participants’ barriers and challenges in achieving food sustainability and maintaining food security.
- Participants will be able to prepare meals that can feed four that cost less than $10 while still making healthy choices.
Women with Words Shoe Stories
- The six-week workshop will produce a collection of short shoe stories.
- Exploring the art of language- (imagery, metaphor, voice, symbolism) in a safe and supportive environment.
- Learning to find value in our own world and possessions.