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PEACE for Canadian Children & Youth: A Training Program

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The BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) and Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) are partnering on a new project to provide training and mentorship to frontline shelter staff based on BC’s successful Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling, and Empowerment (PEACE) approach for working with children and youth who have witnessed and/or experienced gender-based violence. This program is open to staff at shelters located in rural, remote, and northern communities outside of BC. There is no fee to participate in this program.

The essence of the PEACE approach is to uphold the dignity of mothers and their children while shining a light on the many resourceful and creative ways that they resist and respond to the violence in their lives. At the end of the training participants can expect to feel resourced, encouraged, valued, inspired and more equipped to support young people and their caregivers.

Through the PEACE for Canadian Children and Youth project, participating shelters will be able to select up to 3 staff to:

  • Take part in 4 interactive online workshops on the guiding principles and approaches of BC’s PEACE program. Each workshop is 3.5 hours in length, and the workshops will take place over a 4-week period sometime between January and June 2022 (exact dates to be determined with participating shelters). Participants will be grouped into cohorts of up to 15 people with staff from other shelters that share similar contexts and challenges.
  • Access additional self-directed online trainings and resources from the BC PEACE program
  • Participate in 18 months of mentorship with their training cohort and a mentor from the BC PEACE program

The first trainings will begin in January 2022. In total, we aim to train up to 30 cohorts of 15 shelter staff. At the end of the project, WSC and BCSTH will create a legacy blueprint of promising practices that will be available for widespread use.

If you are interested in participating or have questions about this opportunity, please contact Chandra at csaha@endvaw.ca.

This three-year project is made possible with funding from Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) Canada as part of their Safe Kids Initiative, which has made response to the escalation in gender-based violence during COVID-19 a key priority.