Today I had the privilege of leading an Advice Project Media writing, global citizenship and empowerment workshop for teen girls and their mothers at Fahari Academy Charter School in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Together, we read a few letters from Advice to My Thirteen-Year-Old Self and discussed not only the various problems that had been raised, but the solutions the writers had developed. We then wrote about some of our own problems and – as a group – came up with solutions. Needless to say, it was a moving, informative and fun workshop. We even had one toddler visit for awhile – he's the youngest feminist I’ve had the pleasure of working with!
A mother and daughter from last week’s session wrote their own letters and shared them today. Listening to them read the solutions they had created for their own problems, and seeing moms and teen girls respond to each other’s thoughts and feelings made me realize just how much the ‘Advice’ workshops matter.