South Asian Youth (SAY) / Jeunes Sud-asiatiques (JSA)
SAY began as an ad-hoc committee of the South Asian Women’s Community Centre (SAWCC), as a result of young women expressing realities of violence in public spaces and within interpersonal relationships. SAY’s first Day of Action against violence against Women-identified people was held on September 24th, 2011.
To ensure that collective members were on the same page, we continued to organize, we developed a Basis of Unity , which we continue to use in ongoing SAY work.
SAY continues to be rooted in SAWCC, occupied Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Territory. We are against state, systemic and interpersonal violence (e.g. colonialism against Native peoples, racist immigration laws, poverty and neo-liberal policies, physical/verbal/sexual assault and harassment) as it impacts women-identified, gender non-conforming, LGBTTQ people and marginalised communities.
We are inspired by collective strength and visions of transforming society through horizontal (non-hierarchical) and grassroots organising so that women and oppressed communities are free to self-determine our/their lives, and live in a society based on mutual respect, dignity and justice for all.
Facilitating High School group discussions/activities (lunch and afterschool) that follow the lead, needs and creativity of Young Women (École secondaire Lucien Pagé, École secondaire La Voie, LaurenHill Academy (Senior Campus), Académie De Roberval;
Some workshop themes include: Healthy Relationships and Boundary Setting; Sexual Health; Self-care and Taking care of each other; Safer Spaces; Anti-bullying; Anti-Racism, Bollywood Dance.
- Facilitating a support space for South Asian women aged 17-30 years. Meetings are held every 2 weeks on Friday evenings.
- Facilitating Supporting autonomous Youth projects (e.g. zine making)
- Connecting Young Racialized Women within the community for skills-sharing and mentorship (e.g. media literacy)
- One-on-one support outside of groups (depending on the demand and capacity)
- Intergenerational dialogue and work
- Collaborating with other Youth centres in the city
- Connecting Youth to city/province-wide youth-based campaigns, projects and activities
- Organising summer projects for youth aged 13+
- Supporting SAWCC’s Summer Camp (4-14yrs) Counselors
- Anti-sexist workshops for young male-identified people (2012-2014)
All of our programming is free.To contact the SAY program co-coordinators, please call (514)528-8812 ext 105 or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our facebook page: South Asian Youth (SAY) Collective