National Battle for Change Club Helps Young Girls With Their “I AM” Workshops


SURREY – Kiran Mann, a grade 12 student at École Panorama Ridge Secondary in Surrey, along with two friends, is the co-founder of a club at school called the National Battle for Change Club.

“This club was co-founded by the three of us two years ago when we were in grade 10,” said Mann. “We have established ourselves in the school community, being one of the largest clubs in the school.”

The National Battle for Change Club has done various fundraisers at school and has involved numerous high school students in its efforts.

In an effort to expand, the co-founders have decided to partner with Northridge Elementary School to start the “I AM” workshop every Friday.

“We would like to create a stronger relationship between our school and Northridge Elementary. The “I AM” workshop has been designed for girls in grades 5, 6, and 7. Each week, we will do activities that tackle problems that the girls may be facing as they step into their teenage years. However, in no way will we be counselling the girls of their personal problems,” Mann said.

This workshop will strictly be geared towards providing a place where the girls can be themselves, have their questions answered about high school, and be mentored by extremely well-rounded students. Within a few days, the spots for the workshop were filled up.

They have 38 girls participating in this workshop, with parents still calling in to see if there is any more room to register their daughter.

The workshop take place on Fridays and has gone through a very successful October and end of November schedule. A new schedule of Friday meetings will be out soon for the next calendar school year. For more information contact Kiran Mann at [email protected].