Government of Canada supports YWCA Youth Leadership Project in Halifax

    HALIFAX, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister
of State (Status of Women), today announced support to the Young Women's
Christian Association of Halifax (YWCA Halifax) for a project to foster
leadership skills among African Nova Scotian youth. Minister of State Guergis
also acknowledged the hard work and dedication of YWCA Halifax volunteers by
providing certificates of appreciation.
    The Girls Changing the World Youth Leadership Pilot Project aims to
increase resiliency and community engagement among a group of at-risk African
Nova Scotian youth in Halifax. The project will use internationally recognized
best practices on youth leadership and peer education.
    "Leadership, opportunity and representation from all sectors are the keys
to our future success," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National
Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and MP for Central Nova. "People
of African descent have deep roots in Nova Scotia and have contributed
significantly to our current prosperity. By enhancing leadership capacity
among at-risk young women, we are helping to ensure the continued contribution
of African Nova Scotians."
    "I am proud of our Government's support for this exciting new project,
which will link the experiences of African Nova Scotian youth to those of
young women in Africa," said Minister of State Guergis. "Girls Changing the
World will empower a group of at-risk young women to identify how they want to
change the world, themselves and their community."
    "We are delighted to have the support of the Government of Canada in this
innovative new project," said Ms. Mary Ann Campbell, President of the Board,
YWCA Halifax. "By incorporating international perspectives in program modules,
we hope to stimulate a deeper dialogue with, and among, African Nova Scotian
youth on such issues as sexual violence and a healthy lifestyle, and in the
process, to effect positive, youth-led change."
    To carry out this project, the YWCA Halifax will receive $200,000 over 36
months from the Women's Partnership Fund of the Women's Program of Status of
Women Canada. The Women's Partnership Fund supports collaborative projects
that leverage matching funds from other partners, including other levels of
    Other partners in the Girls Changing the World Youth Leadership Pilot
Project include Canadian Crossroads International.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
equality for women and their participation in the economic, social and
democratic life of Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819) 956-4000; Nanci-Jean
Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of
Women Canada, (613) 995-7839

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