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About

 

Mission

To facilitate workshops that inspire young women* to examine the values of society, define self, and lead healthy, balanced lives.

 

Vision

our identities, our terms

 

Workshops

Workshops are highly interactive, using arts, games and technology to facilitate conversations which participants can populate with their own lived experiences.  Topics include: body image, healthy relationships, self-esteem, social media, sexuality/gender, and consent.

 

Community and Partners

Workshops are provided free, on-site of existing groups of young women and non-binary youth ages 11-18 in Toronto.  Past/current community partners include: Boys and Girls Club East Scarborough, Boys and Girls Club Rexdale, Boys and Girls Club St. Albans, L.I.F.T, City of Toronto, GEM L'Amoreaux, LOFT.

IDP also partners with other organizations to raise funds and awareness for causes which effect the broader community.

 

Board of Directors

 

Inner Development Project is governed by a Board of Directors - a collective of dedicated Toronto womxn with a plethora of lived experiences and expertise in a variety of backgrounds from arts to health care, community building to fashion, urban planning to wellness.     

 

Isa Benn

Ally Hall

Erin Kang

Vicky Auf Der Mauer

Sanju Shampur

Rossana Tudo

 

 

Our Founder

Samantha Viarruel (b. Scarborough, Ontario) is a sexual health/consent educator, speaker and change entrepreneur.  Samantha began her path as a volunteer sexual health educator at Planned Parenthood Toronto in 2011. She has since worked as a counselor in a number of clinics, as a mentor, an arts adminstrator and traveled to develop education and resources for women’s empowerment projects abroad.

 

Patterns Samantha identified through her clinic experience, namely the connection between negative sexual health outcomes and low self-esteem, anxiety, and challenges with communication in relationships with, led her to founding Inner Development Project (2016).

 

Guiding principles of her practice are anti-oppression, empathy, intersectionality, joy of learning and liberation. Samantha is most fascinated by the nuanced impacts of internalized systems of oppression, and passionate about changing the way communities access education, art and resources.