This hands-on career exploration camp for girls aged 11-15 will expose and connect participants to a wide variety of career options and potential mentors. Career Crush Camp will support and inspire girls and visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development of potential. Participants will experience entrepreneurship, creative arts, civic engagement, service learning, science and all the possibilities that they can achieve.
Sesheme invites dynamic, inquisitive, curious girls to participate in this unique and customized program, which offers workshops, tours, and team building activities led by a skilled and committed team of talented and influential professional women from a variety of sectors and non-traditional career paths. Through this experience, participants will also receive socio-emotional support and guidance needed for positive development.
Career Crush Campers will:
- Learn how to be an agent of their own career
- Unpack skills, interests, values and other attributes
- Practice exploring and researching career options
- Connect with professionals who will share their career stories and advice
- Visit workplaces in around the community
- Identify options for their career aspirations
Big thank you to Career Crush Camp partners Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment and Siemens Canada Women in Engineering.
Career Crush Camp 2019
The first day of camp was set upon giving the girls an informed understanding about the program’s goals through a brief overview of the camp’s activities and workshops. To get comfortable in the space, the girls will be able to build strong friendships and learn about each other through a series of icebreaker games and conversations. Day 1 of Career Crush Camp defines the establishment of campground rules and explores the qualities of an upstanding leader through discussions and hands-on activities. By the end of camp, the girls will gain a thorough understanding about the workplace and how to achieve successful futures in whichever pathway they choose to follow.
“Littee Commitee, Feelin Pretty”
- Camp Slogan 2019
The second day of camp focuses on educating the campers about the importance of setting goals for yourself through the “Goal Setting” workshop; encouraging self-growth and influencing positive life changes. During the “Goals Setting” workshop, the girls learned how to research their career pathway for their prospective careers in order to prepare for the next steps in the future. Through the workshop, the girls obtained both computer literacy skills and knowledge about the next steps they should take in preparation for their selected career.
“My goal is to graduate from Harvard University”
Day three entails a deeper understanding behind each camper’s career pathway and the opportunity to learn how to compose a resume and cover letter when applying to a job. The morning began with a presentation of all the findings the girls were able to obtain from the “Goal Setting” workshop. Followed by a conversation with guest speaker Juliet Dakpo – an entrepreneur. Juliet Dakpo provided the girls with an idea about entrepreneurship.
“Social media is becoming a vital marketing tool for entrepreneurs”
– Juliet Dakpo
Day 4 of Career Crush Camp invokes teaching of maintaining proper hygiene and mental health through the “Slay Sistah” workshop; which informed the girls about how to make positive relationships, reduce stress, and boost self-confidence. During the “Slay Sistah” workshop, we had guest speaker Magdalene Lafontant; an esthetician and tutor at the Anderson College who gave the girls an insight about the changes they will see in their bodies as they grow into womanhood. She also provided useful tips on reducing skin problems and the key aspects of having the right mentality; such as eating less fatty/processed foods, surrounding yourself with like-minded people, and wearing less makeup.
“I truly believe that natural beauty is the best beauty”
- Magdalene Lafontant
The fifth day of camp ended with an empowering presentation from the “What’s my Superpower” workshop. The purpose is to empower campers to make positive choices and realize their full potential. Motivational speaker, Shequita Thompson-Reid, alongside the manager of Transitional Housing, Rahel Woldegiorgis, presented the girls with various activities that helped them explore their talents, dreams, interests, and abilities. From this workshop, the girls uncovered skills they did not acknowledge beforehand and the importance of volunteering at a young age. This demonstrates how their skills and experience can apply for a future job and act as steps to pave way their way towards the right direction.
“Just because something’s difficult, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy doing it”
– Rahel Woldegiorgis
We start off day 6 of session 2 of Career Crush Camp with a brief intro and few ice breaker games. The goal is to highlight the importance of being self-aware both in our personal and professional lives. The “Safe in the Six” workshop informs the girls about their rights in the workplace and bullying prevention. Some of the campers also volunteered to share some of their own experiences dealing with bullying and were very encouraging and supportive of one another. The workplace rights section touched on the rights they have as employees such as the “right to refuse”; which enables the employee to refuse a task in the workplace.
“Everyone should be treated equally ; no matter their gender, race, beliefs, or their sexual preference”
We begin day 7 with the “Spill the Tea” workshop! The girls learn how to communicate effectively with family, friends, and the community. They also develop their active listening skills. After the workshop, the girls apply the skills they’ve obtained to play the “Blind Square game”: they must use their communication skills to form a square out of rope while being blindfolded. This activity requires the campers to be active listeners and be able to use their remaining 4 senses to communicate with everyone in their group in order to provide/obey certain instructions. Both groups successfully managed to complete the square through the skills they obtained from the “Spill the Tea” workshop!
“A business is much more than just selling a product”
– Adjoa Duncan
The morning of day 8 starts with the “Stay Woke” workshop where the campers learn about the importance of being involved in their communities. Campers are given a chance to look at where they can gain experience through volunteering. The workshop inspired the girls to always be active members within their community and be able to take the initiative whenever possible. After the “Stay Woke” workhop, the girls watched “Akeelah and the Bee” and were able to consider the
“Experience is one of the key things that are essential when applying for a job”
– Camp Counselor
The morning of day 8 starts with the “Stay Woke” workshop where the campers learn about the importance of being involved in their communities. Campers are given a chance to look at where they can gain experience through volunteering.
“Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days”
– The Lion King
The final day of Career Crush Camp concluded with a field trip to Publicis Sapient! There, the campers got to meet with panelists from diverse backgrounds and engage in personal and career-related discussions. The campers were amazed by the overall experience and were eager to ask questions. This experience served as an impressionable one for the campers and hopefully opened new and unconventional pathways for the campers to explore later in their lives.
“You have to take the initiative and be eager to learn”
– Career Panelist