Helping young girls, visualise, protect and empower their POSSSIBLE – the I’mPOSSSIBLE girl summit in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Trust
- Social enterprise, I’mPOSSIBLE puts on a day of workshops for young girls to
- realise their POSSIBLE
- Partnering with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to empower the local youth
- Media literacy workshop run by Guardian Women’s leadership editor
- BBC 1Xtra presenter, Sarah-Jane Crawford to make an appearance
LONDON – On May 7, I’mPOSSIBLE. Global CIC in partnership Stephen Lawrence Trust held the I’mPOSSIBLE girl summit. A day full of dynamic workshops for local schoolgirls to help them visualise, envisage, empower and protect their POSSIBLE.
I’mPOSSIBLE is a UK based social enterprise with a primary aim to educate and empower women and girls of colour globally by celebrating, highlighting and promoting the achievements of this dynamic group by showcasing their achievements, successes and life stories. Following on from the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation youth edition, held last year at the House of Commons in partnership with Diane Abbott MP. The I’mPOSSIBLE girl summit was an extension of this event which helped the girls put into practice ideas around what being POSSIBLE means to them, realising their dreams, being able to read media wisely as well as engaging in other empowering activities.
Founder of I’mPOSSIBLE. Global CIC, Simone Bresi-Ando said: “It is the core of what I’mPOSSIBLE was set up to do – to help young girls achieve their potential by defining success on their own terms. I’m delighted that we’ve partnered with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to make this day happen. To all those who gave their time to speak to the girls, Sarah-Jane Crawford from BBC 1Xtra, our New York based friends, the Young Women of Colour Health Advocacy Coalition, I’mPOSSIBLE conversation alumni, barrister Sheryl Nwosu and Harriet Minter, Guardian Women’s leadership editor – a big thank you for believing in the strength of these young girls possibilities and leading by example.”
Rachel Wicks, Programme Officer at the Stephen Lawrence Trust commented: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with I’m POSSIBLE to put on this event at the Stephen Lawrence Centre. There is a lot of synergy between I’m POSSIBLE and the work of the Trust in seeking to empower young people and open up opportunities that disadvantaged young people may not have access to.”
At a time where some parts of the world, educating girls can bring harm. I’mPOSSIBLE is ensuring that young girls understand their worth, value their ideas and dreams and put a viable plan in place to make them happen. This work is important, now more than ever as more than a third of girls aged 7 to 21 have felt patronised or been made to feel stupid because of their gender (36%), rising sharply to 60% of 16- to 21-year-olds (Girls Attitudes Survey 2013).
In addition to its work with young girls, the organisation has helped create conversations, provoke thought and uncover trailblazing women of color who reinforce an often under-represented experience of women of colour through its successful event series; the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation powered by Mizani. Having just returned from New York where the first international edition was held, the global ambitions of the organisation is being driven by the demand for a better story to be told of women of colour. By presenting these rich stories, it helps to drive positive change as well as balance the negative rhetoric around this dynamic, illuminating group of women.