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Programs We Fund

Since 1991, the Foundation has funded programs that work to change the lives of women and girls in more than 1,500 communities across Canada. You can view our most recent grantee programs below, searching by province and program type. Learn more about our approach to moving women and girls out of violence, out of poverty, into confidence, and leadership.

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Building Healthy Relationships

Bureau de la Communauté Haïtienne de Montréal (BCHM), Montréal, Quebec

Building Healthy Relationships offers workshops to help young women and men gain self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth, and provides tools for developing harmonious and healthy relationships. Participants learn about available resources; how to reduce the impact of violence in their lives; how to develop a greater sense of control over their own future; and how to make positive changes in their communities.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Afterschool ReAct Program

Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), Toronto, Ontario

METRAC’s Afterschool ReAct Program is a co-ed peer education youth initiative aimed at preventing violence against women and girls. This program serves marginalized teens, aged 14-19, in four high-need schools in Toronto. Youth-led training, planning, implementation and evaluation help youth gain tools for building healthy relationships. Program outcomes include building youth skills in peer facilitation, mentorship, self-reflection, youth leadership, healthy relationships, and community engagement to work towards ending gendered violence. The young people who participate in this program build the skills, confidence and knowledge required to become violence prevention leaders in their schools and communities.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy, Mentorship, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

LOVE in Indian Brook and Membertou

Leave Out Violence (LOVE), Halifax, Nova Scotia

Leave Out Violence (LOVE) is a violence prevention and intervention organization that works with youth who have experienced violence as victims, witnesses, or perpetrators. At LOVE, the belief is that violence—defined by participants as “anything that hurts”—is learned and cyclical. Participants learn and practice leadership and life skills while they create art—writing, photography, video, and spoken word. Their creations become powerful education tools to help community members learn about root causes and effects and alternatives to violence. LOVE’s programs in Indian Brook and Membertou First Nations respect and embrace local culture and traditions, while fostering youth voice and leadership in the community.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership, Media Literacy, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Sacred Seven Healthy Relationship Program

Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre, The University of Winnipeg Foundation, Winnipeg, Manitoba

This after-school program uses culturally-appropriate teaching tools to explore cultural identity, increase engagement, foster empowerment, and help teens establish healthy relationships. Using instructional tools such as the seven sacred and medicine wheel teachings, youth are empowered to develop their own code of honour principles that focus on violence prevention, building confidence, self-esteem and discovering their cultural identity, so that they can embrace relationships with hope and optimism. Youth are also offered leadership development training to share their code of honour with partnering schools.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Newcomer Youth & Healthy Relationships

Sexuality Education Resource Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Newcomer Youth & Healthy Relationships offers a co-ed, school-based healthy relationships program targeted to newcomer refugee youth aged 12-17. Project partners include two inner-city schools in Winnipeg and the innovative Peaceful Village Program, which provides after-school supports for newcomer youth and families. The program offers 12 weekly educational workshops on healthy relationships. Graduates can then attend 10 workshops to develop peer-led projects which they present to classmates. Parents of participants receive three presentations yearly to help build their trust and support for youth involved. The program also helps families negotiate their roles in their community by supporting youth who are often put in the position of cultural translator for their families. Following Year One, a multi-generational group of daughters, mothers, and grandmothers is starting to build solidarity for violence prevention in families and the community. An advisory committee, including partners and youth representatives, guides the project.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Leadership, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

RESPECT

Immigrant Services Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

RESPECT is an extension of the Mosaic Afterschool Program and focuses on healthy relationships for immigrant and refugee youth aged 11-13. Immigrant and refugee youth are often faced with confusing and difficult decisions because of their desire to fit in. RESPECT helps address these challenges through a series of workshop/activity sessions that explore bullying, gender stereotyping, and sexism in a safe and engaging environment. The program is offered in two schools with high immigrant populations, and will be extended to include a third school as well.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships