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What Is

Roots To Branches?

Funded by Calgary Foundation, Roots to Branches is a collaborative project between Action Dignity’s B.L.A.C.K (Becoming Leaders Acquiring Critical Knowledge) Youth Project and Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. This program will give a voice to African, Caribbean and Black youth (aged 12-22) with stories told through animation. 
These stories will showcase a wide range of the Black youth experience in Calgary, as well as be used to inform and create change in settings and systems where youth are impacted the most. The youth will get to provide their stories in their own words and their stylistic input throughout the project. They will also be connected to a support system including other youth storytellers and mentors throughout their work on this project.
What To Expect
We want to hear a variety of stories about racial discrimination faced by youth. From microaggressions, overt unfair treatment, prejudices or systemic racism to situations that you can’t put a title on - we want your unique experience. In the application you will be asked to provide a brief summary, so please feel free to highlight the important events in your story in that section. Tell it authentically! Don’t feel discouraged if you feel the story isn’t super polished - stories of lived experience can be hard to tell. We are receiving as many applications as we can, and we will choose 10 different stories to pursue further. Then our Project Coordinator will contact you via the email you used on the application form to confirm an interview with you. If your story is one of the 10, you will receive a $50 honorarium for your input. After the initial interview, we will contact the 10 youth to involve in the creative process (animation, storytelling, narration) on a rolling basis.
Application Details

Application Dates

Applications will be open on May 3, 2021 and close on July 26, 2021. 

Your voice matters, your story matters, and it can change the status quo in ways that only lived experience can

Roots To Branches

For more information about the Roots To Branches program, please contact
Isra Abdelrahim by submitting your message through the contact form.