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Project Details

Project dates
15/12/2023  – 15/02/2024
Masset, BC, Canada

Nadja Smith-Hanson

Project Lead

Engaging youth in new experiences, without any barriers.

Project Description

By creating a safe space for girls, 2-spirit and non-binary youth to come together, confidence and a sense of empowerment is created. Through experiences the youth will dive deeper into their own knowledge and abilities on topics. Through mentorship, they will learn to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and to use those insights to become better leaders. And most importantly, they’ll learn to support and encourage each other, building a community of strong, confident youth. Note, that “girl” refers to anyone who identifies as a female.

This project has been created in commemoration of the lives of all the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, including two Ocean Bridge ambassadors, Danielle Moore and Micah Messent. We aspire to carry on their legacy and commitment to making the world a better place by creating long-lasting impacts with a firm commitment to driving positive change for the environment and our ocean. We will never forget the light that Danielle and Micah brought to the world and will continue to keep them in our hearts. To learn more about these two amazing people, please visit: Honouring Danielle and Micah  – Ocean Wise. This work is partially funded by the Commemoration Fund for Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Tragedy.

What was your biggest challenge?

It was a slow start, and I felt that after our third session, it was hard to keep up with the momentum! There were so many amazing mentors who were interested in sharing their time with the group. The sessions could have been longer and later at night, but I felt I didn’t have capacity to do that- so balancing work-volunteer-life and everything in between!

What was your most valuable takeaway?

You can do anything! Working in a team is key. Balance your ideas, intent, and flexibility.

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