Young Women Empowered

Y-WE CREATE: Creative Design Camp

 Y-WE CREATE Summer Camp
Whidbey Island / July 29-August 4, 2019

To be added to the waitlist for Y-WE Create, please e-mail Coral at

ABOUT Y-WE CREATE: Join incredible facilitators Kamilla Kafiyeva and Barbara Jefferson for a unique opportunity to Spark your Creativity and Advance Social Change in your Community! This week long residential camp empowers young women to create anything they can imagine from visual art and fashion design to performance and dance.

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: The Whidbey Institute is a lovely retreat center and farm located on Whidbey Island, 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 be camping. Gear will be provided for those who need it.

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: As a part of our partnership with foundry10, participants will not be charged tuition. Participants and Families are welcome to make donations to Y-WE if they so choose.

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.

2018 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. 

Writing our Voices Symphony with Naa Akua

Calling all theater folks, songwriters, and poets this track is for you! Writing Our Voices Symphony is a place where will create monologues, soliloquies, poetry, and songwriting, with improv too! Bring your ideas, creativity, and your stories. 

Naa Akua is a queer poet, emcee, actor, and Performance Arts teacher at The Northwest School. Intentionality, love, and encouragement is the focus of Akua’s work that can be found in tracks like “The Elements” or “Till It All Goes Away” from their mixtape Odd(s) Balance (on Recently, Naa Akua was a cast member of Book-it Repertory Theater’s adaptation of T. Geronimo Johnson’s “Welcome to Braggsville”. Naa is currently a cast member for Theater Schmeater’s production of “Welcome to Arroyo’s” and in a original boilesque ballet called “Tailfeathers”.

Thanks to our 2018 Y-WE Create Program Partner, foundry10!