Young Women Empowered

Y-WE CREATE: Creative Design Camp

Y-WE CREATE Summer Camp at Carnation Farms

Click here to register for Y-WE Create: July 15-20, 2018

Y-WE CREATE Design Your Life Camp:

Join incredible facilitators Kamilla Katiyeva and Barbara Jefferson for a unique opportunity to Design Your Life! This week long residential camp empowers young women to create anything they can imagine from art and jewelry to choreography and animation.

This year we’re partnering with foundry10 teaching artists who will guide you through three tracks:

  • Dance & choreography
  • Sound & music
  • Fashion design & creation

Participants will work with professional seamstresses, designers, and facilitators. They’ll explore issues such as sustainable fashion and consumer supply chains, community organizing, and art as activism.

Food and Lodging: Carnation Farms is a lovely retreat center and farm located in Carnation, Washington. They have a farm to table meal program so we will enjoy healthy, delicious, organic meals prepared with produce grown on site. Participants will stay in dorms with beds and bathrooms.

What to expect: Camp is a balance of indoor and outdoor workshops, with whole group plenary discussions, small group experiential activities, nature walks, and art making. The days are long and fun with lots of opportunities to make new friends, build new skills and explore your creativity.

Mentorship: All Y-WE programs have an adult mentorship component. The ratio is one mentor per two participants and they attend the activities in a group all together.  We find this to be a fun, low pressure way for adults and youth to mingle and get to know one another organically.

How many people will be there? We will cap participation at 30 youth.

Cost: This is a paid opportunity! As a part of our partnership with foundry10, participants will receive a small stipend.


Watch our Y-We Create Fashion Show from our 2016 camp!


Lead Facilitators

Barbara “BJ” Jefferson 

Barbara “BJ” Jefferson is a queer, black, gender non-conforming, experience designer and facilitator specializing in solutionary leadership, anti-oppression, personal and community development, and collective healing. BJ thrives when creating “brave spaces” for individuals to critically and wholeheartedly nurture their purpose in service of social, political, ecological, personal, economic, and spiritual change. BJ is a lead trainer with The Work That Reconnects, Generation Waking Up, and Young Women Empowered; and a full-time business student. In Seattle, you can find them hosting Black Folk’s Dinner – a monthly potluck dinner party for people of the African Diaspora.


Kamilla Kafiyeva

Kamilla is trained in the art of facilitation, under the creative community model. The foundation of her work is shaped through the lens of intersectional identity and the power of art to act as a catalyst for self-empowerment, social responsibility, and collective action. Kamilla specializes in working alongside young people to support their growth and resilience through mentorship, leading creative writing and performance workshops to foster their leadership and public speaking skills, and to offer a listening ear when her students need to be heard. In her spare time, she can be found writing, drawing, with her dog Shilo, or in the company of good people and good food.


Teaching Artists & Track Details

Fashion Design with Jackie Amatucci

Learn to design and sew your own clothes! With the help of seamstresses, in this track you will learn how to sketch, design, and construction garments. You’ll learn about creative problem solving, designing and following a multi-part plan, sustainable fashion and clothing recycling, and you’ll walk away with some amazing new items!

Jackie is an all-around visual and craft artist and facilitator who uses her artistic expertise to weave the web of community with groups of youth and adults. She has 30 years experience working as a language arts high school teacher where she integrated the multi-arts into all aspects of her curriculum. Jackie has worked with youth from diverse backgrounds for over 25 years. Having grown up in an isolated Latino community in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado and then moved to big city Denver at age 10, she appreciates some of the issues that face our participants from immigrant families.

Dance with Maxie Jamal

In the Y-WE dance track workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore movement and gesture through daily thematic inspirations. This class creates an opportunity for you to find and explore your own unique creative abilities through the different levels of choreography and dance. You will learn to first become a great student of understanding you bodily movements which, in turn, teaches you to be strong effective leaders of movement. From process to completion we will tap into the many reasons Y-WE Create from gesture! 

Maxie’s cleverly crafted choreography and fluid shapes create a healing experience and promote greater somatic awareness. She begins a new work by asking how to effectively break the rules and pushes the realm of possibilities for spiritual and emotional responses to rhythm and dance. She’s developed pieces that challenge the mind through rhythmic story telling and intricate shapes while her signature style defies boundaries. Maxie is a Seattle native who is heavily involved in the local experimental performance art scene and has traveled the country extensively choreographing and dancing for A-list musical acts as well as some of the hottest choreographers of the entertainment business today.  


Sound Liberation with Rebekka & Mutya

Are you interested in building your skills and confidence in sound? Expanding your listening? Deepening and developing your creative intuition?  Using your voice and body to express what’s real for you today? Come join Mutya and Rebekka and build a community that celebrates and liberates the musical gifts within all of us! No experience necessary. Just bring your full self and a willingness to participate. Get ready to have hella fun!


Rebekka has been channeling her passion for voice and justice as a facilitator, song leader,  teaching artist and vocal coach for over a decade. She believes in the power of the collective voice and regularly bears witness to the transformative magic that happens when people sing together. Rebekka runs a local voice studio,  directs two weekly community singing group and leads vocal improv workshops throughout the United States and Canada.  She is a certified life coach and a Level III  instructor of Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri Method. She is thrilled to be part of Y-WE’s culture-creating community!  


Mutya is a queer Pinay of Spanish and Malayan descent made in the Philippines and born a settler on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and Tsleil-Waututh traditional peoples. Mutya is an interdisciplinary artist who interweaves music, movement, theatre and visual arts within her professional practice as a creator, performer, facilitator and event producer. In sound, Mutya experiments with a keyboard, looping, audio sampling and guitalele creating a collage of sound landscapes.  Mutya is enlivened by opportunities to explore authentic exchange, leadership, social justice, and people empowerment. Mutya is enthusiastic to be a part of Y-WE Create and looks forward to all the young people she will engage with.  




Thanks to our Y-WE CREATE: Fashion Camp 2017 Program Partner, foundry10 !