Young Women in Creative Leadership
LAINI is a Jamii initiative to encourage girls and young women to explore art and leadership.
"Laini" is a Swahili word that means 'to flatten an area with the intent of making it accessible'. It is a very similar meaning to “Esplanade”, which is a flattened path for people to walk on by the water. Laini is about giving every young woman the confidence and tools to see themselves as leaders; it is about equal chances, and the ability for all to walk the path of leadership.
Register now to join Jamii's free leadership programs and activities for young women of The Esplanade!
LAINI is supported by
Current Laini Projects
For grades 1 to 12
From January 10 to March 7
A workshop series that will help children experiment how sound can become music, and how music can help us understand and express our experiences as human beings.
Past Laini Projects
How can you be part of Laini?
Creative Workshops & Projects
Ages: from 6 to 16yrs old
FREE TO PARTICIPATE
Jamii offers a wide range of artistic workshops for girls and young women of The Esplanade community to explore their creative skills and ignite their leadership.
Music, dance, visual arts, photography, creative writing and much more, there is something for everyone at Laini.
Would you like to register your daughter?
Research - Impact
Read 2021 research.
Jamii is committed to assess its impact on the young women who participate in Laini activities and programming.
In both 2019 and 2021, we worked with Tanjin Ashraf on measuring the impact of Laini through a series of interviews and programme observations.
The findings of both reports are inspiring.
Volunteer hours for high school students
Ages: 14-18 yrs old
GET YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS
Are you looking for an opportunity to be involved in your community and make a difference?
Jamii always welcomes volunteers from the neighbourhood to be part of our team and help bring magic into The Esplanade. We would love to count you in! Volunteering with Jamii can contribute to High School Volunteer Hours for students.
What are past participants saying?
For years, Jamii has been engaging young women in its programming through volunteering opportunities, participating in creative workshops, and working within the organization.
Here is a series of testimonials that speak to the work we have already done.
for young adults
Gain working experience as a Summer Project Coordinator (Fledger) and start your career at Jamii!
Since 2017, we have been lucky to welcome talented young women through Canada Summer Jobs.
They have contributed to make the Summer seasons a success by bringing new perspectives, fresh ideas, passion and energy.
Be a Summer Project Coordinator.
What Zarita has to say:
The experience of Sharon Zarita with Jamii
"It is human nature to begin a journey with expectations of how it will turn up, but the past year has shown me life often offers paths that not even our wildest imaginations can anticipate. When I joined Jamii just after completing my postgraduate course in Arts Administration, my expectation was broadly to engage the Esplanade community through the arts. I had no idea what was to come."