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Youth2Youth Period Poverty Paint Night
March 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
The Youth2Youth Period Poverty initiative aims to both draw awareness to and help reduce period poverty faced by youth in our community. ‘Period poverty’ is the lack of access to menstrual products.
Our goal of this event is to raise products in order to provide take one, leave one baskets in the washrooms in local, public buildings. This event will be a paint night and will last approximately two hours. We will be painting Yoni Art with local artist, Michela Iasenza. The art piece that is shown above is the art piece that Michela will be walking us through.
To sign up for this event we will need your email address as well as your age. There is no age limit on this event but if you are under 18 we a note of consent from a parent or guardian. The deadline to register for this event is March 18th by 4:30pm. The fee for this event is at least one box of pads or tampons. You are able to drop these off at the United Way HPE office (55 Harriett Street, Belleville) until March 18th 8:30am-4:30pm. There you will be given a printed copy of the supply list, and a $10 Dollar Store gift card for the needed supplies. You will need to have all of your supplies ready before the paint night on March 19th at 7:00pm.
1) Register for event here using email and age.
2) Drop off a box or more of menstrual products to United Way HPE (55 Harriett Street, Belleville) by 3:30pm on March 18th to confirm registration.
3) Signed consent form or note by parent or guardian if under the age of 18.
4) Receive $10 gift card, list of supplies and be sent the Zoom link.
5) Purchase required supplies using the gift card and sign into the session at 7pm on March 19.
“I have been passionate about combatting period poverty for several years now. When given the opportunity to plan a fundraiser to help youth in Hastings and Prince Edward with Youth2Youth, I began to do some research on Yoni art as I thought this would be a great chance to help the community. Yoni is symbolic of the ‘female organs’ and by having a night around Yoni Art, it allows all involved to connect with their feminine self and talk about menstrual equity. At first, I understand the idea of painting and talking about the reproductive organs in this way sounds uncomfortable and in part absurd, however without feeling comfortable with one’s own body being able to break the stigma will never be possible. This is also why I saw Yoni Art as so important, reducing the stigma around the body, its functions, and menstruation is such a huge part about period poverty and menstrual equity that having a workshop that does this so openly and in a fun and interactive way is the perfect fundraising night.” – Maddy, (18), one of the event organizers