provide a dance and mentorship based program for teenage girls.Sigma Beta Phi - ΣBΦ


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  • encourage a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally
  • provide the opportunity to meet role models at different walks of life
  • allow the girls to explore their strengths, insecurities, and goals
  • provide a safe, bilingual and open-minded environment

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THE STEP UP PROGRAM is aimed to encourage a healthy lifestyle in young girls. Throughout the program, we propose to have 10 themes; each theme would involve physical activity (through step), a thematic discussion, a hands-on activity, and either a guest speaker or a field trip. The themes will last from 2 to 3 one hour sessions per week.

Our aim is to start our program in September of 2011 in a downtown priority neighbourhood of Ottawa. 

The program is in two-fold, not only do we want young females to participate in the program itself, but we are also looking for Grade 12 student mentors to help host the weekly sessions. These students will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in program development and facilitation, contribute to their community, be provided with honoraria, as well as get references and volunteer hours to go towards their high school diploma.

Take a look at our website for our promotional video and more info!

Community Benefit

Young girls are important actors in the empowerment of our community and will have a big role to play in its future. We feel that helping them strengthen their confidence, we will give them the necessary tools to be active and positive members of the community.

How will the $25K be used?

$ 3,200 Project consultant (salary for a year)
$ 3,960 2 Project coordinators (salary for a year)
$ 6,336 Student mentors (salary and bursaries for a year)
$ 3,060 Curriculum costs
$ 6,000 Website
$ 500 Marketing materials
$ 450 Promotional material
$ 800 Outreach events
$ 400 Research focus groups

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