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 trauma-informed curriculum and facilitate group activities that enhance resiliency and promote overall health of female-identifying youth who have experienced any form of gender-based violence.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

  • Empowerment through Education: Acquisition of critical thinking skills through exposure to social, cultural, political, historical and economic information using gender analysis
  • Action-Based: Ability to create new knowledge, intervention tools, find resources, engage in positive risk-taking through experiential learning
  • Trauma-Informed Practice: Creation of a safe environment to facilitate healthy coping skills, self-esteem building, healthy relationships, witness stories, acknowledge emotions, handle disclosure
  • Participatory Research: Evaluate stages of the project to identify barriers and potential solutions to early implementation of psychosocial programs via qualitative interviews with participants and stakeholders regarding their experiences

PROJECT ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS:

Initial Program Development and Engagement with Community Partners

  • Development of program materials including curriculum, information sheets and promotion
  • Volunteer and Peer Mentor Recruitment 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

  • Suggest promising practices
  • 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

PROJECT UPDATES:

Spring 2017

  • The project launched its first group in late January 2017 with 17 participants. A third group recently began in April, 2017.

Winter 2017