The development of a community-based sexual violence prevention and education working group, and youth-led prevention programs are among the projects in the Antigonish, Sydney and Whitney Pier areas receiving grants through the Sexual Violence Strategy.
Derek Mombourquette, MLA Sydney-Whitney Pier, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, announced more than $40,000 in Prevention Innovation Grants today, April 18, for four organizations that work with youth, people with disabilities and sex workers.
“These organizations do very important work in the community including education around sexual violence and fostering support for women,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “I look forward to the positive results that I’m sure will flow from these investments.”
The grants are a commitment under government’s Sexual Violence Strategy. An additional $600,000 for these one-time grants will be made available again in the fall, for a total investment of more than $1.2 million over two years.
The grants help community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved populations such as African Nova Scotians, First Nations and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community, to reach out to their peers and help put creative prevention initiatives into practice.
The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Breton-Whitney Pier is receiving $11,000 to provide a safer space where youth can engage in open conversations about sexual violence, media influence, healthy relationships and prevention strategies.
“Many of our teens don’t have a clear understanding of what consent means or what constitutes as sexual violence,” said Nathan Brewer, youth outreach worker with the club. “We challenged them to come up with ways to help address this.
“They responded with a program that incorporates art and other creative projects as a way of identifying with their peers and opening up the conversation.”
The Ally Centre of Cape Breton is receiving $20,000 to develop a sexual violence prevention and education working group with people involved in the sex industry.
The Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association is receiving $5,000 to support Grade 8 girls in the development of social action projects.
Asia van Burren, of Antigonish, is also receiving a $5,000 grant to conduct research that will help identify gaps in sexual health education for people with disabilities.
Government also announced about $150,000 in funding for prevention initiatives for four Aboriginal groups from the Antigonish and Cape Breton areas at the Nova Scotia Sexual Violence Strategy Mi’kmaq Community Engagement Gathering in Truro today.
Nearly 100 applications were received. The names of other communities and organizations receiving grants will be announced soon.