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Nine phenomenal Canberrans have been chosen as the recipients of the 2021 YWCA Canberra Great Ydeas grants.
With ideas ranging from a ‘Safe Response Toolkit’ for victim-survivors of sexual assault to a professional development conference for culturally and linguistically diverse women to a new collective network of women composers, this diverse collection of winners are ready to make a difference in their community.
Each ‘Great Ydea’ will receive $2500 in funding, which was presented this morning at YWCA Canberra’s Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast.
The grants have been offered each year since 2010 and have launched the careers of numerous entrepreneurs and active enterprises.
For YWCA Canberra CEO Frances Crimmins, the grants are all about funding diverse and exciting opportunities.
“The Great Ydeas program was launched as a way to celebrate our 80th birthday back in 2010, and has become a core funding opportunity for Canberra women in the decade since then.”
“This year, we once again have been blown away by the creativity, passion, and commitment to making an impact that our applicants have shown. The diversity of the projects we’re funding is testament to the rich and vibrant culture of innovation and change making we have in Canberra.”
Meet the grant recipients below, as well as their brilliant ‘ydeas’.
YWCA Canberra grants
Camille Schoeffel: Safe Response Toolkit
The Safe Response Toolkit Project will provide information to victim-survivors of sexual violence and their supporters about how to safely respond to disclosures and access support services in Canberra.
Available in both digital and physical form, the Toolkit will provide clear, trauma-informed and accessible information for victim-survivors in Canberra regarding the personal, legal and medical considerations when disclosing and reporting sexual violence.
It aims to reduce the stigmatisation of sexual violence and provide victim-survivors with the autonomy to access and navigate available support systems.
Kate Crowhurst: Financial literacy workshops for young women
With the worsening economic participation of women during the COVID-19 pandemic, this project aims to support the financial literacy development of young women by providing guidance on ways to manage their money and use it to afford the life choices they want to create. It aims to empower young feminists to feel empowered as economic participants making choices with their finances.
The course will complement existing resources on the Money Bites website, which Kate developed from a previous Great Ydeas grant, as an enduring resource for young women.
Jae Brieffes: Young Visionaries Lab
Young Visionaries Lab (YVL) is a weekly program designed to introduce students to basic principles of project management, strategic communications, scaling, sustainability and impact measurement, while supporting them to develop the skills and vision needed to pursue a purpose-driven career.
It provides inspiration, training and guided implementation to empower young people to exceed in their communities as significant contributors to social progress.
Cinnamone Winchester: Memento Mori: Bossy Magazine’s Seventh Print Edition
Bossy magazine is the ANU Women’s Department’s annual print and online publication. Managed by undergraduate ANU students, Bossy accepts submissions from women, femme-aligned, non-binary, and genderqueer ANU students, staff, and alumni.
Bossy provides a platform for BIPOC and traditionally marginalised groups to inject their perspectives into mainstream culture. It aims to providee a space where contributors can speak loudly and without apology, to advocate for gender equity, to educate as many people as possible about intersectionality and intersectional feminism, and to shed light on the realities that marginalised members of our community face each and every day.
Sustineo Great Ydeas Empowerment Grant
Rae Knopik: The CBR Gals Network Directory
The CBR Gals Network Directory will be Canberra’s inclusive repository of all women-run (including non-binary-run) businesses.
It will provide enduring value for Canberrans who wish to support women’s businesses and improve the status of women’s financial lives by serving as a ‘yellow pages’ of all the businesses that are owned and operated by women.
Based on research that found that Canberran women want to support other women in business, but lack the tools to, the Directory will provide Canberra women in business with a free platform to showcase their products and collaborate with other women-run businesses.
Jean Du: Primary
Primary is a program to change the narrative on menstruation by providing menstrual, sexual health, and reproductive education and advising agencies of the optimal ways to implement considerations of gender.
It aims to address the gendered stigma of menstruation to empower women, girls, and others who menstruate, in Australia and around the world, with a focus on the Indo-Pacific, to reclaim ownership of their bodies.
Canberra Innovation Network Great Ydeas Innovation Grant
Natalie Williams: Currawong Collective
This project will establish an innovative new collective network of women composers based in Australia.
As a professional association to promote women’s music and skills to the artistic industry, the Collective will fill professional gaps, and amplify and connect musical women with work opportunities.
It will promote music written by women, raising their voices in a male-dominated field, and build a community of women composers.
Serina Bird: The Joyful Fashionista
The Joyful Fashionista is an online platform for buying and selling second-hand and sustainably produced new clothing.
It aims to transform fashion in Australia by encouraging more women to embrace second-hand, vintage and sustainable clothing, and making it more accessible and affordable.
The Joyful Fashionista is about creating a community that celebrates the joy of wearing second hand and sustainable, and creating an inclusive image of fashion.
Beyond Bank Great Ydeas Community Grant
Zainab Farouk: Be Your Best
Be Your Best is a professional development conference for culturally and linguistically diverse women to be delivered by local multicultural women’s support group the Phoenix Sisters.
This one-day conference will inspire multicultural women and provide strategies and tool kits for them to lead and excel in the Australian workplace.
Attendees will develop long-lasting networks in their local communities to leverage support to help grow and develop their careers.
They will also have access to ongoing mentoring and networking sessions.
Feature image: Serina Bird, The Joyful Fashionista/The Joyful Frugalista.