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A Gendered Approach to Understanding School Drop-Out Rates And School Retention


When: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014. 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. (EST) Language: English

Webinar with: Milena Gioia, Project Officer and Facilitator, YWCA Montréal

About this webinar:  This webinar will take a look at the conditions specific to girls and boys that impact their school attendance. We begin with a brief portrait of the current situation in Québec, and why we should be concerned with girls dropping out of school. We then explore reasons why youth drop out and what can be done, with a specific focus on risk factors during the transition to high school. Through the presentation of a new YWCA toolkit, Milena argues that the transition from grade school to high school is an opportune time to intervene in preventing dropouts, with programming that reinforces self-esteem and social skills, favors the development of a critical awareness of gender stereotypes, and encourages the ability to recognize, counter and prevent violence.

About the presenter: Milena is a project officer and facilitator at the YWCA Montréal, working with youth on healthy relationships, the prevention of gender-based violence and leadership building. She is passionate about social justice and enjoys the vibrancy and audacity of youth. Milena holds a Master’s in Globalization and Women’s Studies and is a community yoga instructor.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 12:00