"Through Movement We Create Change"- Leyla Carter
The Motivation Project is a series of task-based, dance infused workshops which improve emotional wellbeing/mental health in teenage girls aged 11-18.
It's becoming more widely recognised that in order to be successful it's crucial to maintain positive mental health. We can't expect teenagers to thrive in their academic and social lives whilst under the various pressures that society/parents/teachers/peers create for them. Our mission is to change the way that young girls view themselves and the world around them. Our dream is to inspire communities full of resilient young women who are mentally strong enough to overcome whatever life may throw at them. In short, we believe that prevention is better than cure!
Emotional wellbeing is something that can easily be overlooked in a class of 30+ students at a time when the government is pushing the importance of academic excellence. We offer schools and community groups a helping hand by tackling the taboo of mental health and self-esteem in a fun and interactive way.
Each workshop covers a different topic:
2. Body Image
3. Positive Thinking/Attitude
4. Social Media and the implications on Self-Esteem
5. Stress (Exam) Management
The workshops are led by professional dancer and Youth Impact Coach, Leyla Carter. The participants are asked to complete a series of tasks which include something for every type of learner; Visual, Aural, Read/Write, Kinaesthetic (VARK). After every task, the group discusses the topic at hand; the girls are encouraged to form and voice their own opinions on the subject; a refreshing change for them rather than being told what to do/say/think!
The girls leave the sessions feeling uplifted with a healthier mind-set for both their studies and their social lives. See below some testimonials:
"It was amazing and made me feel so confident! Especially in dancing which I normally feel shy in. It also made me feel happy about myself"- Gabriella, aged 13
"It was a GREAT WORKSHOP! I am going to feel a lot more confident when I look in the mirror"- Diya, aged 13
"It was so, so good! I got good advice and learned a lot but also had lots of fun!"- Ria, aged 13
"It was really nice to do tasks in groups, to learn how other people felt"- Eve, aged 13
Our workshops are really making a difference to the lives of young girls. The girls leave not only feeling better about themselves but they are inspired to view their family and friends in a new light, helping valuable relationships remain strong.
Your money will help us:
1. Reach more schools and groups
2. Create branded materials for the girls to keep as reminders of their learning
3. Offer one-on-one coaching to girls who require extra attention
4. Attend educational conferences to further learning in mental health
5. Maintain strong relationships/communication with past participants
6. Expand social media campaigns
7. Connect with more girls/women across the country
Help us change the stigma surrounding mental health and pledge today!