Empowering Futures: Big Sisters Launches ‘Power in Prevention’

“We need to empower young women so they can feel confident, safe, informed and supported in a world that can unfortunately come with significant challenges and threats”, Chantelle Krish, CEO of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.

Big Sisters is thrilled to announce the launch of its groundbreaking campaign, ‘Power in Prevention,’ generously supported by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE). This initiative, funded through WAGE’s Women’s Program, aims to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) across the Lower Mainland, empowering girls and youth to forge healthy relationships, challenge gender stereotypes, and practice the safe use of the internet and online technologies.

The Power in Prevention Project
At the core of this campaign lies a commitment to preventative measures and education to make a lasting impact on the lives of youth aged 9-14. The project will consist of an in-school group mentorship program and a community-wide knowledge-sharing campaign.

One of the key components of the Power in Prevention campaign is the in-school group mentorship program designed. Recognizing the pivotal role schools play in shaping young minds, this program aims to create a supportive environment where participants can learn and grow. Through mentorship, youth will gain valuable insights providing them with the tools and guidance they need to succeed.

Community-Wide Knowledge Sharing Campaign
Beyond the school gates, the Power in Prevention campaign will raise awareness about Gender-Based Violence and promote a culture of prevention and intervention by engaging with the community. Big Sisters seeks to create a ripple effect, fostering a collective commitment to dismantling harmful stereotypes and fostering inclusivity.

Alaina Soucie, Project Manager for Big Sisters Power in Prevention, expressed her enthusiasm for this much needed work, stating, “This initiative represents a critical step towards creating a future where every young person feels empowered and safe. By addressing the root causes of Gender-Based Violence, we aim to lay the foundation for a more equitable society where everyone can thrive.”

Find out more
Big Sisters’ Power in Prevention campaign marks a significant stride towards a more inclusive and equitable environment for girls and youth in the Lower Mainland. To find out more about this project contact Alaina Soucie, Project Manager, Power in Prevention (asoucie@bigsisters.bc.ca)