Introducing “Girlhood” | Village Bloggurls Zine Volume 4

This year, the CH Best Bloggurls and The Village Bloggurls worked together on the 4th zine entitled, “Girlhood: Do We Have To Be Perfect?”. As the name suggests, this zine is all about what it means to be a girl in the 21st century – the challenges, the surprises, the fun, the boring and everything in between. We used magazine pictures, drawings and text to remix the ideas about the complexity of girlhood. Please share and enjoy!

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Register Today for the Lotherton Girls Media Summer Camp!

Starting today, you can register for the Girls Media Summer Camp. Active Village Bloggurls get priority, and there are only 15 spots available. All information is on the website for you to download and print. Make sure to register before all the spots are gone!

Register here: https://www.nych.ca/media-summer-camp

If you have any questions, email jboampong@nych.ca

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Hidden Figures: A Review By Village Bloggurls

By: Diana and Jiale

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Hidden Figures is about the journey of 3 Black women – Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monaé) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) –  who worked in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in NASA in 1961. Their goal was to send John Glenn, an American Senator from Ohio, into space to orbit around the earth before the Russians. The 3 women were called “computers” because they would do the math and space calculations and make sure they were accurate.

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FREE Capoeira Session with the Village Bloggurls!

bloggurls_capoeira111Capoeira in Action:

Join the Village Bloggurls in a FREE self-defense workshop for all self-identified girls and women aged 11 and up. There are only 25 spots. To register, please fill out the registration form here and email it to jboampong@nych.ca or return it to the Lotherton ANC Office.

Date: March 3, 2017

Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM

Location: Lotherton ANC Office (109 Lotherton Pathway)

Light refreshments will be served.

This workshop is funded by the Girls Action Foundation

Introducing: The Lotherton Newsletter Volume 1

The very first newsletter for the Lotherton community created by a few of our Village Bloggurls. Inside, you will find essays about community engagement, beautiful visuals and what’s going on in the community. Please share and spread the word!

VBG Sleepover Extravaganza!

Friday Dec. 16, 2016.

The Village Bloggurls did something we’ve never done before in the history of ANC Lotherton…

We had a massive sleepover…in the program space!

Yes, it was fun.

Yes, it was full of magical moments.

Yes, there was (too much) pizza.

Yes, we had all the sugar in the world in one room…before heading to sleep.

Yes, we stayed up all night.

But most importantly, we grew closer together. We reninisced and spoke in each other in ways that demonstrate what having a solid foundatiom of friendship looks like.

The Village Bloggurls has been around since 2012, and we have seen over 40 girls grow up together before our eyes. Even though this year is the start of a new cycle, the mentees are now able to connect on a deeper level because of their shared experiences in this program. The icing on the cake? Previous members of the Village Bloggurls program came back! The sleepover gave way for them to connect and catch up!

(Mentors new and old. 4 people missing from the photo)

There is a real power in having spaces for girls to be and have fun. It didn’t feel like work that day; it felt like a celebration.

Until next year!

CH Best Gurls Meet the Village Bloggurls

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On seeing the Village Bloggurls site:

Kim (CH Best): My first impression is that it’s nice and cozy. There’s a lot of art inside, and the blue Dream Board poster caught my eye because it’s shiny and colourful. This space is much smaller and there’s more room decoration. I wish we could decorate our room in the school!

Jade (CH Best): It’s smaller than I thought it would be. The sewed patterns stood out to me, as well as the books and all the art. I really like art, so seeing it makes me feel excited.

Zayide (CH Best): There are so many creative things in the space, such as drawings and painting. The timeline of VBG from 2012-2016 stood out to me because it’s so colourful and noticeable.

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Window Art

On meeting the Village Bloggurls for the first time:

Kim (CH Best): I feel like this is a community that is very tight. The girls are really grown together.

Jade (CH Best): The group started out small, but it became bigger as time went by and it became more fun. The girls are really nice and social.

Zayide (CH Best): I didn’t know there were so many girls in the program! They’re very sweet and nice.

Sarah and Zeynep (CH Best) our first impression to was all the girls was so nice and kind

On meeting the CH Best Gurls for the first time:

Jiale (VBG): The group was so diverse, and when they came in they were really open and not shy to talk to us. They’re also really fun to talk to. It was fun to meet another group of girls from a different school and community because I’ve been in this community in so long and I haven’t experienced any other community. It was cool to experience another girls’ group in Lotherton.

On the day’s events:

Kim (CH Best): Putting on make-up on myself was fun because I’ve never put on make-up, and it was weird. I prefer my natural face.

Codie (CH Best): Two of the Village Bloggurls were talking about the window art and they went outside to decide where to put the title of their art. They were so animated that we made up dialogue about what they were saying. According to us, they were talking about spicy Doritos. It was so funny!

Jade (CH Best): Favourite moment so far was putting on make-up on my friend Isabelle and doing my own nail polish. It was exciting, nerve-wracking and really fun.

Jiale (VBG): Working on the window and seeing Diana and Rachel argue about their artwork was really funny. They were so serious about the placement of the title. And everyone, including the CH Best girls, came out and joined in. There was so much laughter!

Zayide (CH Best): Putting make-up on Isabelle was my favourite part of the day as well as painting because I like to paint, and it makes me feel relaxed.

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