The first ever Common Ground conference was a huge success. With over 160 high school age boys and girls from all over Toronto in attendance the energy was high and the workshops packed.
The day consisted of a number of exciting workshops aimed at addressing young people's concerns about gendered violence in their schools and communities. Examples of the workshops that were offered include, poster design, movie making, hip-hop and visual art sessions, all focused on using these mediums to make positive change.
WRC facilitated a very spirited workshop with a group of young men that looked at our society's expectations of manhood and how this impacts our relationships and our lives in general. The group members had a lot to say and a lot of passion about how their lives are affected by gender. We talked a lot about homophobia, pressure from the media, stereotypes and healthy relationships.
The workshop specifically and the conference in general left me feeling extremely hopeful about the capacity of young people to use dialogue and communication to find common ground as they work to make our world a better place.
Youth Programs Manager