For Immediate Release - January 14, 2017

Empowering Teens Now Offered by the DMSCC

Cold Lake, AB:  Expanding the role of the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre in the community has always been an important part of our mission. We believe in educating the public and creating partnerships to prevent family violence, thus creating stronger communities. That is one of the many reasons we recently started new teen programming.

The DMSCC has recently started facilitating an Empowering Teen group, formerly known as Girls Abilities Shared with Peers (GASP). The group was originally developed by Jody Lehr Turco when she discovered there was a lack of programs that promoted self-confidence and social development for teen girls in the Cold Lake community. When the DMSCC was approached with the intent to adopt the program, we knew it would be a great fit for our agency.

“Some of our current programs include the Empowering Women group and A Better Way men’s and women’s groups,” said Katie Walker, Community Support Worker with the DMSCC. “It only made sense that we facilitate an Empowering Teens program that would allow us to work with young girls on the importance of many topics, including healthy relationships.”

The Empowering Teens group will focus on encouraging the development of social skills, self confidence, supportive peer relationships and healthy youth relationships. The program will include a variety of activities including art, drama, community involvement, and lessons on healthy relationships but most importantly the teens will be encouraged to have fun and learn in a safe and supportive environment.

“We are really looking forward to facilitating this program and being more involved with the youth in our community. It has already proven itself to be beneficial as the GASP program and I look forward to continuing to focus on the self confidence and empowerment of girls in Cold Lake,” said Lillian Cardinal, Child and Youth Programmer with the DMSCC.

The first session for Empowering Teens took place on April 12, 2016 and will continue every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00 pm throughout the school year. New registrants are currently being accepted and those with questions about the program are encouraged to call the Cold Lake Community Support Worker at 780-594-5095.

Contact us to learn more.