A WCA’s Totally Awesome Young Woman’s Breakfast at LIUNA Station on May 3 served up more than a tasty start to the day to female students within the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, including those from Regina’s Place.
Each year, the breakfast provides an opportunity for young women in Hamilton to connect with and empower each other through shared stories, experiences and commitment to goals.
“Regina's Place students were inspired by the words of leaders in the community,” said Teacher Kara Savas.
Under the St. Charles' umbrella, Regina's Place (formally Angela's Place), is a home for young mothers and their children. Connected with the Jeanne Scott Parent and Child Resource Centre next door, the facilities help women obtain a high school diploma while providing them with parenting and life skills to help break the cycle of poverty and ensure a positive future.
Guest speakers from the breakfast included Ward 3 Councilor Nrinder Nann who spoke of being a student when she felt the call to get involved in addressing problems that she could not ignore.
Also present was keynote speaker Sarah Jama who shared her journey of activism in advocating for community engagement, disability justice and activism.
"As young parents, we don't often have an opportunity to be a part of events like this," said student Lia Jerrett.
"However, we have unique perspectives and stories that deserve to be shared."
As young mothers, not only do Regina's Place students benefit personally from hearing from leaders and connecting to other community members, their children benefit as well.
"Empowered parents have a better chance of raising empowered children," said Savas.
"Educating youth through these events opens them up to the possibility that they can be the change they want to see and raise that in their children as well."