A youth initiative to empower girls is expanding its scope with an in-school live “television” presentation entitled 411 TV. The 411 Initiative For Change organization, sometimes simply called 411, will be touring the program in 20 Ontario schools from March 21 to April 1 and is expect to reach 7000 female students.
Since launching in 1999, 411 has made presentations in more than 400 schools across Canada, raising issues of girls rights, human rights and HIV/AIDS.
“This new program comes as a result of requests from students and teachers for 411 to focus on domestic issues affecting girls, such as body image, self-esteem, racism, careers, healthy relationships and bullying (cyber bullying),” the press release states.
411 TV is a mock live-to-air TV talk show, mixing video, theatre and music with live interviews to relay positive images of girls and to offer real-life testimonies from Canadian girls and women.
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