Atiyeh and Sara (Grade 12) reached out to the Youth Creativity Fund to kickstart their initiative, called PROJECT S.E.E.N (Student Empowered, Embraced and Noticed). They used their grant to create a website, develop workshops, and take them to middle schools and high schools in the region.
Project SEEN seeks to solve is the lack of racial representation they've seen within the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB). Atiyeh and Sara both experienced and witnessed micro-aggressions, stereotyping, lower self-esteem, and confusion for BIPOC students due to a lack of role models within the system.
"As BIPOC students, we have been dealing with this issue since we went to school and have noticed how it has affected other students and us. This is why we are trying our hardest to solve this problem, so future generations don't have to deal with what we went through."
So what is Project SEEN?
An accessible website that brings awareness to our issue
Further promotes the start of youth initiatives by offering a “Seen Bucket List”
Promotes our in person component
In Person Component:
Workshops brought to schools to promote representation and how that can be fostered in a school environment
Roundtable meetings with parents and leaders of communities, to vocalize their concerns