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Here’s What Went on at eShe’s ‘Shine Your Light’ Workshop for Teenagers!

eShe magazine held its fourth 'Shine Your Light' workshop in Delhi exclusively for teenagers! This is what went on behind closed doors.

Photography by Ananya Jain

The fourth edition of eShe’s Shine Your Light was only for teenagers — both boys and girls — and saw plenty of excitement and enthusiasm!

Held on June 8, 2019, at a private residence in Panchsheel Park, New Delhi, the personal-growth workshop followed its usual format with a variety of speakers and an interesting and fun lineup of activities.

On the agenda this time: Self-empowerment, self-awareness, sex education and safety, solution mindset, jazz dance and fun games

The event began with a round of introduction as the teenage participants trickled in. eShe contributor Ananya Jain conducted the introductory session.

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L-R: Raghav, Priyanka, Anhad and Shivani introduce themselves to one another
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Ananya Jain
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Sancia Dube and Ishita Sajwan
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Paying attention
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Ice-breaking can be embarrassing at times
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Krish Kejriwal and Krish Bhargava

This was followed by a session on developing a solution mindset conducted by Isha Jerath, vice president at AIESEC at Delhi IIT. The session taught kids about team-work and innovative thinking, buoyed by a competitive spirit. The winning team got eShe notebooks for each member!

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Isha Jerath
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What do we do next?
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Is this going to work?
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We’ve got it
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How is this even possible?
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Committed to the process
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Arsh, Anhad, Ishita and Sourabh display their prize-winning construction

The second session of the day was a time of quiet contemplation as participants expressed their emotions through art therapy and learnt about their dominant emotions.

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Quiet time
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Colours of emotion
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What we made

The third and most thrilling session was a choreographed dance performance conducted by Vidisha Anand, founder of All That Jazz. All the kids — and even eShe’s own facilitators — couldn’t help joining in and shaking a leg!

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Vidisha Anand, founder of All That Jazz
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Warming up
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Avantika Gautam loves dancing
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Raghav is all in
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Getting into position
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Vidisha doing her thing
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Shivani Mathur takes the lead
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Keeping up with the pro
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Face-off

This was followed by a break for snacks, with delicious homemade treats prepared by Kaveri Jain and snacks and sweets by Naani Ki Matthi.

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After the break, participants settled down for an enlightening session on sex education conducted by eShe’s founder Aekta Kapoor. She talked about teen sex, relationships, personal empowerment, masturbation and keeping yourself safe – physically, emotionally and digitally. She also conducted a guided gratitude meditation at the end.

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Aekta Kapoor lays it out in the open
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Krish, Sancia and Priyanka are both fascinated and awkward
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Krish, Raghav, Anhad, Kanika and Ishita get serious

This was followed by a fun and playful game conducted by eShe’s business director Kaveri Jain.

Kaveri also conducted a session on self-awareness. The kids filled up questionnaires with an answer key to help them understand how they saw themselves and how others saw them.

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Eyes wide
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What was that instruction again?
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Getting close
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What did I do to deserve this?
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Kaveri Jain is in boss mode
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Priyanka understands herself
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Kanika and Ishita jot it down

A final session on becoming globally citizens and world leaders left a few participants in tears as it pushed them to reject stereotypes and judgements of others, and to go deep within themselves and allow vulnerability to surface.

All participants got goodie bags with eco-friendly stationery from 23.23 Designs, luxury skincare from Taaseer, delicious tea-time snacks by Naani ki Matthi, and an eShe magazine!

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This is how we do it
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Goodie bag

Reluctant to leave, a few remaining participants decided to see if they remembered the choreography that Vidisha had taught them a few hours earlier. To their surprise, they were joined by an unexpected visitor!

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Gucci wants to shake a leg (or four)
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Smile!

A woofing great end to a wow day, we say!

NEXT UP: 

Shine Your Light Mumbai: 20th July, Kitty Su at the Lalit

Shine Your Light Bengaluru: September, Kitty Su at the Lalit

For updates, visit the Shine Your Light event page.

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