LEMONADE WORKSHOP SERIES
for gxrls of color
The Lemonade Workshop Series for Gxrls of Color is a program designed to center the experiences, voices, and ideas of girls of color. We utilize an intersectional framework to in our approach. This means that we recognize the full experiences of our participants. We center their lived experience by grounding them in an analysis of race, class, gender, and other systems of oppression. We believe in the possibility of our participants and we refuse the narratives of impossibility that have been assigned to girls of color.
This workshop series is designed to serve self-identified gxrls of color in 7th - 12th grade. The workshop series covers a variety of topics ranging from healing, friendship, life experiences, surviving school, mapping your future, and so much more. Our primary purpose is to cultivate a space of joy, learning and imagination for girls of color while guiding them in the practice of building solidarity and community across difference.
The Lemonade Workshop Series is free of charge to make sure it is accessible to all girls of color.
Why We Created Lemonade
'Lemonade' is a workshop series designed by Dreamers4Change Foundation. We created this workshop series because as Women of Color it's a space we wish we had when we were younger. 'Lemonade' aims to foster a space that holds love, honor, and protection for girls of color while giving them the space to teach, share, and imagine. In the workshops we start by listening to girls, we then move to engaging in guided activities, and we end by mapping our dreams and imaginations of how we want to create our individual and collective futures.
Throughout the workshops we honor each girl's unique identity and self-expression because we believe in honoring every girl for who they are. We then use our celebration of our whole selves as a foundation to build sisterhood across difference. The philosophy behind why we do 'Lemonade' with 'girls of color' can be summed up in this quote by Jacqui Alexander:
"We are not born women of color. We become women of color. In order to become women of color, we would need to become fluent in each other's histories, to resist and unlearn an impulse to claim first oppression, most-devastating oppression, one-of-a-kind oppression, defying comparison oppression. We would have to unlearn the impulse that allows mythologies about each other to replace knowing about one another." (Alexander 2005, 269)
'Lemonade' is a celebration, a reminder, a call, a prayer, a song, a refuge -- for girls of color.