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Carissa Konesky

Burnaby, BC

My name is Carissa Konesky (she/her) and I am a passionate advocate for youth mental health and resilience. During the day, I work at a non-profit as a fundraiser. My biggest passion is volunteering and working with Girl Guides. I have taken on many volunteer projects supporting youth mental health and have spoken to hundreds of youth across the country. I have also designed a workshop on body image for youth ages 9-11. I want these workshops to reach as many youth as possible. I have run several online workshop series using Rising Youth grants and Passion to Purpose grants. I am looking forward to expanding the reach of my workshops even further using the Sprout fellowship grant.

I Care for Me 2.0

Last year, the “I Care for Me” program ran, which was a series of three workshops focused on resilience, dealing with failure, and body image. This project was aimed at youth aged 9-11. It was so successful that the plan is to run the project again. The workshops will again be aimed at youth aged 9-11. They will be downloadable for youth who don’t have consistent access to WiFi. Everyone who completes the program will receive a competition crest.

About this Project

Communities Served

My project will involve and/or impact the following communities:

  • LGBTQ2+ Community members
  • Racial or visible minorities
  • At risk youth & children

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

When it comes to community impact projects, the UN has created 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These are the Sustainable Development Goals associated with my project.

  • SDG 5: Gender equality

How the project works

Youth across Canada will have the opportunity to sign up for the program. It will be run on the Thinkific platform. There will be three pre-recorded workshops that will be downloadable. Those who complete the program will have access to a free crest and printable certificate.

Project Impact

The project is estimated to reach 1000 youth across Canada.

Project Mission

To provide accessibility to workshops regarding resilience and well-being for youth across Canada. There are many factors that limit access to mental health education, including distance, lack of resources, and lack of internet. I Care for Me is trying to bridge that gap and provide the opportunity for as many youth as possible.

Project Team

The I Care for Me program is an entirely youth-lead project. It is run by female-identified youth in Vancouver.