Al-Khadija Women's Empowerment Program: Nov 9th Workshop Recap

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Next to a desolate and neglected alley...

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Sits the Five Point Youth Foundation's community garden. Used throughout the year for community empowerment events, the garden is an oasis for the congested South LA neighborhood. It was the perfect place for the Al-Khadija Empowerment Program to continue with a workshop on community gardening and engagement on Sat., November 9th. The workshop was lead by Mitchell Casillas, a local gardening expert. With Casillas' guidance, the girls were able to learn how to plant a variety of edible flowers, fruits and vegetables. They learned about recycling and composting, and the level of sustainability that having and cultivating a garden brings to an inner-city community.

The hands-on gardening lesson was followed by lunch and a discussion, led by Raeesah Reese and Linda Tenerowicz. The LMU students spoke to the girls about the ways in which they can increase their involvement in the community. They also shared information on sustainability in inner-city communities and its impact on health and education.

Al-Khadija Young Women's Empowerment Workshop Recap

The women's empowerment session featured a workshop on Brazilian dance as well as an exercise on Theater of the Oppressed, a system of games and techniques developed by Augusto Boal that aims to give those who face oppression a way to use theater as an instrument of concrete social transformation.

Lailaa Abdullah led the dance session, which also incorporated a lesson on geography and culture.

Jessica Viramontes followed her with a Theater of Oppressed workshop in which the participants got a chance to express their frustrations and concerns about the inner-city public and charter school system through performing skits.

The program ended with a lesson on dressing for success by Okera Banks, a prominent stylist in Los Angeles.

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Young Women's Empowerment Project: Join Us This Saturday!!!

Calling all young women, ages 14-20. The Al-Khadija Women's Empowerment Project is coming together once again, October 12th, 2013. You won't want to miss the amazing workshops that have been planned for all attending young women.

Please share the info with young women you feel may be interested. This is a great opportunity to learn new things, and meet others.

Please view the flyer below for more information:

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