A Peacemaking Project by Celia R.

What is the injustice we are solving?

I’m apart of a high school run company called Essence. At Essence our mission is to help others relieve stress and get back to a healthier state through the organic properties of our essential oil based room sprays. Our all natural and organic products paired with our bottle return policy ensures that we leave an extremely small carbon footprint. We are an all girls team which is a very important aspect of our company. Although our business is selling essential oil based products, with our profits, we host entrepreneurship workshops to educate younger girls on the business world and fund scholarships for less fortune girls to attend as well. We hope that these girls take the skills we teach in these workshops into their lives and give them more confidence as being a woman in the business world.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of gender
we will address Unequal representation of women in the business world
by Teaching young girls about entrepreneurship and instilling confidence in them through workshops we host

Our Project Plan:


  • To use entrepreneurship to reach as many girls as possible and instill confidence in them

We will increase my / our compassion by...

How will you show courage?

How will you collaborate with others?

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

Seeing girls progress throughout the workshops from begining to end in different areas (creative problem solving, public speaking, etc.)

Key Steps

  • Sell organic essential oil based room spray products to fund workshops
  • Partner with 43N, a global business competition based in Buffalo, to create a female entrepreneurship workshop that impacts as many girls in our community as possible
  • Host an event teaches girls the importance of teamwork, creativity and standing up for what you believe in and applying it to their future careers

Our Updates:


Celia R. 20 December 2017 12:08 Essence hosted a Make and Take workshop on December 10 where we made some of our products with middle school girls and taught them about entrepreneurship.


Amani A. Peace First Staff
12 February 2018 15:33

Thanks for posting your project, Celia!

As part of the process of completing peacemaking projects, Peace First staff give formal feedback on important steps of the project. One of those steps is the compassionate insight.

I enjoyed reading about the effort that Essence is trying to achieve! My understanding from what I read is that the injustice that you are trying to solve is gender inequality, right?

An important step in creating the project is understanding the root causes of the issue by answering key questions e.g. why is it important to address this issue? who does this injustice affect? What kind of effects created by this issue? and who causes this injustice?
We would encourage everyone who is at this stage of their project to work towards deepening their understanding of the injustice they're focusing on. It would be great to talk to other people in your community and try to understand their perspective of gender inequality or other people who are trying to solve the same justice or/and people who are already working to solve this injustice.

I would strongly encourage you to do interviews with each of those groups; it will enrich your project in lots of ways! Also, use the problem and solution tree to discover the root causes and consequences of your chosen injustice and it will guide you to more solutions. Here are some resources on how to do that:

Thanks again for sharing your project with Peace First members, and we are looking forward to your next steps of the project!  

Fish S. Peace First Staff
31 December 2017 12:41

Celia, this is awesome. The gender gap in entrepreneurship is real and holds women and girls back from important opportunities -- and it's so important that you're stepping up to address it. It's also amazing that you're using your own success to empower others.

These workshops sound amazing! I'm a big believer in the power of peer mentoring, and it must be so inspiring for these middle school girls to hear from young women just older than they are who are amazing entrepreneurs.

We've helped young people develop and grow similar programs around the country. How can we help you? Are there any parts of your current work that feel challenging -- or any big goals you're trying to pursue? What are your plans for the spring?  

RaulPF C. Peace First Staff
21 December 2017 9:07

Thanks for posting your project, Celia! Also great that you already added some information to your project page. What are the main areas where you hope to get some additional support?  

Fish S. Peace First Staff
6 July 2018 9:28

Hi Celia!

I think your idea for building confidence and skills in girls to address the gender gap in entrepreneurship (and the steps and goals you've shared) are great.

Before we can approve your plan, I need you to add part of it that is missing: your answers about how you'll work with compassion, courage, and collaboration. We believe that HOW you do the work is just as important as WHAT you do, and that committing to living out the values of compassion, courage, and collaboration through your project will help make your work stronger.

Compassion: How are you listening to the needs of others, and putting care for others at the heart of your work?
Courage: How are you being bold and taking reasonable risks to stand for what you believe in?
Collaboration: How are you working with others in your community?

Once you add these, we can move closer to approving your grant.