New partnership program will teach youth respect

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 1:42pm


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Athabasca Native Friendship Centre (Photo: Facebook)

Healthy Families Healthy Futures has partnered with the Athabasca Native Friendship Centre, the Aspen View School Division, and Community Action for Healthy Relationships to expand its training and workshops for young people in Athabasca, Barrhead, Westlock and area.

The initiative will involve schools, agencies and clubs working with youth. The program currently reaches only one or two schools per year.

Healthy Families Healthy Futures has received a grant of $84,826 from Alberta Status of Women for this work to teach youth about consent and gender-based violence.

“Youth outreach can prevent unhealthy relationships before they start. Respectful partnerships make our communities safer and advance our goal of gender equality,” said Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean.

Healthy Families Healthy Futures uses the Red Cross’s Healthy Youth Relationships Program – an evidence-based approach focused on youth to shift attitudes to build a more respectful, inclusive and abuse-free society.

Status of Women’s first-ever grants program funds 34 innovative projects by not-for-profit and charitable organizations for a total of $1.5 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year.

Successful projects, such as Community Action for Healthy Relationships in Youth, work to end violence against women and girls, help women get good jobs and training and increase the number of women in leadership roles.