Roots & Shoots: Supportive Space for Families with Gender Creative Kids!

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Robert Cotton Park

57 Bunbury Road

Stratford, PE C1B 1T8

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Do you have a child in your life under 12 who is exploring their gender identity?
Are you seeking more support and education around gender diversity as a caregiver?
You're in luck!

This summer, Sierra Club PEI Wild Child Program and PEERS Alliance are partnering for 5 weekly sessions, throughout August and early September, where youth (Shoots) between ages 5-11 will explore their own identity alongside diversity in nature, while their parents and caregivers (Roots) unlearn the myths surrounding gender identity and foster a local support network with one another.

We will meet in the Gertrude Cotton Arts Centre at Robert Cotton Park in Stratford. Sessions will run weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm beginning on August 7th, 2019. During that time, youth will join PEI's Wild Child trained staff and volunteers to hang in hammocks, identify wild edible plants, climb trees, learn bird calls, explore the intertidal, play games, and much more (like learning about mean gay dolphins and the queer life of bonobos)! Meanwhile, parents, extended family members, and caregivers will hang out with PEERS Alliance staff in an emergent supportive & educational environment. We will explore terms and definitions within the 2SLGBTQ+ community, bust the myths surrounding the gender binary, and work together to identify issues in our own lives and community that we can deal with in order to effectively nurture and support the gender creative youths in our lives, as well as one another.

Roots & Shoots is a program based on the two most important parts of a plant. The Roots are responsible for supporting and nurturing the Shoots so that they can blossom and grow into the most beautiful beings possible. Just as with plants, we know that gender creative or gender diverse children flourish in environments where they are supported by the adults in their lives, rather than stifled. Our goal with this programming is to create a pilot project that helps connect caregivers with the tools and resources to support the growth and exploration of the youth in their lives.

Light refreshments will be provided.

This program is entirely free of charge. Space is limited, so register today!

For more information on the Parents & Caregivers programming, contact Rory Starkman at youthpc@peersalliance.ca or call us toll-free at: 1-800-314-2437

For more information on the Youth Wild Child programming, contact Hannah Gehrels at peiwildchild@sierraclub.ca or call: 902-940-2263

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