Ali Davis, Morgan Lincoln andJainie Mills are the recipients of this year's JCCV Young Leaders award. The Jam Project, which they co-founded, piloted in 2017 and in 2018 became one of NCJWA Vic's suite of programs.
With the generous contributions from Gandel Philanthropy and the Spotlight Foundation, The Jam Project is full steam ahead for 2019 with applications open until the end of November.
The Jam Project is a yearlong buddy program which pairs Year 9 girls with a trained, young adult woman aged between 21-28 years old. The program provides adolescent girls with a role model and someone they can relate to and talk to, someone who understands the ins and outs of being a teenage girl in our modern world.
Girls and buddies meet fortnightly, one-on-one, enjoying a walk in the park, sharing hot chocolate, engaging in art activities or visiting places of interest like the NGV. These catch ups enable strong relationships to form allowing our older, trained buddies to share their wisdom and experience, regarding friendships, body image, peer pressure, school and social media, with their match.
Additionally, group sessions for girls and buddies run throughout the year and include: a documentary movie night on body image; guest speakers discussing mental health, social media, resilience and social justice and addressing other topical issues, enabling girls and buddies to form a group bond and provoking discussion.
The Jam Project is "not only a buddy program but a place to discuss relevant worldly issues with a bunch of passionate women both in Year 9 and in their twenties… Jam has seen my development as a person because of group sessions and my one on one relationship with my buddy who has helped me grow as a person" (Mia, Year 9).
The Jam Project will host its second 'Jamfest' event, a celebration of young women and girls, on Sunday 25th November 2018, 4pm-6pm at Mr Sister Café. This is an opportunity to learn more about The Jam Project. Our guest speaker Jaime Nosworthy (General Manager of Tiger Pistol) will share her journey of working in an industry which is primarily male dominated, as well as exploring how we can all take advantage of social media and technology. Tickets are $10 including a raffle draw entry and can be purchased at www.ncjwavic.org.au.
Applications for The Jam Project:
Girls in Year 8 2018 (Year 9 2019) and buddies aged 21-28 can apply now at www.ncjwavic.org.au/Jam. Applications close November 28th.
For more details:
Ali Davis: 0408 366 151
Morgan Lincoln: 0413 126 828
Jainie Mills: 0400 722 362