On a Friday evening in June, youth from around the house gathered in our employment centre for a one-day spa and salon pop-up event. Hosted by Kasia from the P.E.A.C.E. (Peer Education and Connection Through Empowerment) Project and Aleks from our in-house barbershop, the evening encouraged the youth to explore both their inner and outer beauty through a series of group activities.
Led by volunteers from the P.E.A.C.E. Project, the event was an opportunity for youth to come together in celebration of self-care. “While our work with the P.E.A.C.E Project typically focuses on supporting girls and women who have experienced gender-based violence, we wanted this event to be inclusive of both our male and female youth, regardless of their experiences.” Kasia explains. “Self-care is essential, no matter who you are, and it is just as important for men as it is for women.”
Youth received makeovers, facials, manicures, henna tattoos and haircuts while they delved into their inner beauty by writing words of affirmations on sticky notes, and performing their own original poetry.
Julie Young, a representative from Brands For Canada, also took part in the event to share information about job and interview training programs for Canadians with disabilities living below the poverty line. Julie’s workshop focused on helping youth develop financial literacy and networking skills, build emotional intelligence, resolve conflict and manage stress in the workplace.
“Today is a very positive day for everybody,” said Marie, a youth who participated in the event. “Everyone got the chance to express themselves with positive affirmations, receive free makeovers and much more. It’s great seeing a smile on people’s faces!”
Due to the positive reception, this event will now take place in our employment centre on a monthly basis.