PCYI has been conducting participatory action research in Mississauga to support economic development for young women. Through a pilot project funded by Status of Women Canada, we are working with girls and young women in Mississauga’s Colonial-Collegeway neighbourhood to uncover their barriers to economic participation and success. Through weekly workshops, and a mentorship model with a Successful Women’s Advisory Group (SWAG), the participants have worked to overcome barriers uncovered by the research.

This is a 24-month project has a goal to make lasting and positive economic changes for girls and young women and their Colonial/Collegeway community. In this short video, we profile the project and its signature Soup for the Soul pop-up restaurant. Soup for the Soul has empowered the young women to take on an entrepreneurial venture in their community and gain real world business experience. Take a look!

Thank you to Sonder Video for helping us tell our story.

Hungry for change: Soup for the Soul pop-up restaurant helps to overcome young women’s barriers to economic success