WorKiT is a half-day workshop intended to help high school girls plan their future pathways. Specifically, WorKiT is delivered to girls at the grade 9 and 10 levels and addresses the questions: What matters to me? What are my possible futures? How will I get there? And who can help me?
The workshop is delivered by WISE Acadia students and consists of a series of hands-on activities that help participants recognize their values, as well as appreciate the skills and connections they already possess.
Research shows that rural girls and youth have more positive life trajectories with explicit aspirational planning, mentorship and supports, particularly early on in the high school experience.
The WorKiT Workshop curriculum is based on the Resilient Rural Girls Research Project, which was led by Dr. Lynn Aylward from Acadia’s Department of Education. The project was intended to better understand the specific factors that contribute to resilience in young women, as it is one of the strongest determinants of success after high school. It focused on the unique circumstances of girls living in rural areas.
Learn more about the Resilient Rural Girls Research Project at http://www.resilientruralgirls.ca
If you are interested in hosting the WorKiT Workshop at your school please email WISE@acadiau.ca
Here is what program participants have to say about WorKiT…
“The workshop really helped me get a perspective on taking the next step to get to where I want to be.”
“I learned more about myself without even realizing it, I loved everything!”
“One thing I’ll keep thinking about is that even if what I want to do is hard, shoot for it anyways!”
“It gave me ideas of what I would like to do in the future.”
“The best part was being able to ask questions, and the opportunity for networking.”
“I liked that I got to see all the ways I can find opportunities and help for the job I want to pursue.”
“The success circle and values activity were very helpful and they made me think a lot more about what is important to me.”
“I really liked when we closed our eyes to imagine our life in 10 years. I’ve never taken the time to do that before and I thought it was cool!”
“I learned that with a good mindset and motivation, you can achieve your goals!”
“It helped to know that there is a lot of different choices and you can do anything.”
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