The P.E.A.C.E Project (Peer Education and Connection through Empowerment)

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Project at a glance:

PROJECT GOAL:

To develop and implement group-based activities that focus on improving resiliency and promoting healthy outcomes for  human trafficking (sexually exploited) and domestic violence survivors.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

  • Develop and implement a “lived experience” peer mentor program as a way to empower, support and facilitate learning among survivors of sexual exploitation
  • Create trauma-informed groups to  improve mastery, resilience, support, and encourage the development of health promotion focused activities
  • Identify the physical, psychological and social barriers that prevent attainment of health and well-being
  • Promote and engage human trafficked, sexually exploited and domestic violence girls and gender identified as female person(s) between the ages of 16-24 years of age

PROJECT ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS:

Initial Program Development and Engagement with Community Partners

  • Initial Development
  • Volunteer and Peer Mentor Recruitment, Development and Training
  • Recruitment of Participants and Introduction to Program

Development of Group Process

  • Psychoeducation regarding trauma-informed care
  • Qualitative interviews and observations

Development and Implementation of Activities

  • Develop and implement desired activities that focus on primary health promotion
  • Ensure all activities are trauma-informed

Project Summary

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  • Outline successes and challenges

WEBSITE:

http://www.covenanthousetoronto.ca/homeless-youth/Home.aspx

PROJECT LEADS:

Covenant House Toronto: Canada’s largest shelter for homeless youth offering a wide range of services under one roof.
Centre for Addictions and Mental Health: Canada’s largest mental illness and addiction hospital.

PARTNERING AGENCIES:

East Metro Youth Services, BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, Turning Point Youth Services, All Saints Church-Community Centre, Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto, Pape Adolescent Resource Centre, Native Family and Child Services