Lieutenant Governor to Present Prairieaction Foundation Youth Leadership Awards

Monday, Jun. 11, 2018
On Friday, June 8, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at Government House in Regina, Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy will present the Prairieaction Foundation Youth Leadership Award to 8 youth groups from Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
 
 
Background and award recipient information attached
 
 
Media information:
 
Heather Salloum
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
306-787-4415 (office)
306-537-9951 (cell)
heather.salloum@gov.sk.ca
 
 
About Prairieaction Foundation
 
Prairieaction Foundation (PAF) was formed in response to the 1989 Montreal Massacre.  PAF raises funds for community-based research into the causes and solutions to family violence and abuse. Action-oriented research is helping find effective ways to reduce the cycle of violence and keep individuals safe.  His Honour the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy is the Honorary Patron of PAF in Saskatchewan.
 
About the PAF Youth Leadership Award
 
The Prairieaction Foundation (PAF) Youth Leadership Award recognizes groups of young people who demonstrate leadership in making their schools, neighborhoods, and communities safer by raising awareness about abuse and violence, promoting healthy and safe relationships, and/or developing innovative approaches to violence prevention.   In addition to public recognition, recipients receive up to $3000 to continue, expand, or duplicate their award-winning project, or to initiate a new activity.  Through the Youth Leadership Award, PAF hopes to encourage more young people to become involved in ending the cycle of violence.  
 
 
2018 Prairieaction Foundation Youth Leadership Award Recipients
 
Brandon School Division’s Youth Revolution, Brandon, MB
Beyond the Hurt Bullying Prevention Teams,
 
The students partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to implement the “Beyond the Hurt Bullying Prevention Initiative”.  This is a holistic program that aims to prevent and respond to bullying and violence in schools. The focus is building positive, healthy relationships while being proactive in building bullying-prevention skills. The program promotes empathy and respect, and is based on the belief that all youth—those targeted, those who bully, and bystanders—have a critical role in preventing bullying.
 
Clearwater River Dene Nation, La Loche, SK
Clearwater Project Venture Mentors
 
Clearwater Project Venture Mentors, students from grades nine through twelve, is a group of youth from La Loche and Clearwater River Dene Nation who deliver curriculum to youth in grades six, seven, and eight. The concepts promoted are:  be here, be safe; let go and move on; speak your truth; care for self and others; set goals. Skills are taught through experiential learning activities and traditional Indigenous cultural activities.
 
Hudson Bay Community School, Hudson Bay, SK
Hudson Bay WE Schools
 
The WE School students are empowered to believe that they can be positive change-makers in their community and beyond. They work to shift focus from oneself to the larger community.  This "pay it forward" group does voluntary work in the community, commits to at least one international initiative each year, and promotes acceptance of others culturally, emotionally, and physically.  WE students fight apathy and stand up for others who are treated unfairly.
 
Prairie South School Division, Riverview Collegiate, Moose Jaw, SK
Prairie South Treaty 4 Group
 
This group has studied history and culture, and has shared their learning with others. They led a number of tipi-raisings, built a drum from a moose hide and then used that drum in ceremony, and have participated in Treaty 4 flag-raising. They participated in the “Grandmother Moon Ceremony” with an anti-violence message, and foster care and support for each other. They have declared their commitment to Reconciliation, and have impacted many students with their messages. They have promoted an understanding of the importance of respect and working together.
 
St. Gregory School, Regina, SK
From Me to You - Understand Us
 
Students composed cards and letters of hope, and then gave these messages to strangers in a local mall.  The intention was to understand how such actions can make a difference in the lives of others suffering from mental health, exclusion, bullying, and violence. Also, the students participated in workshops that taught lessons on how to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health, and ways to eliminate bullying.  Regina Police Service members and Health Authority professionals provided training to recognize the signs and symptoms of domestic violence.   They organized a gala, and shared videos about victims of violence, bullying, and discrimination.
 
Sheldon-Williams Collegiate, Regina, SK
Leadership 20/30 Class
 
These students want to make a difference in the lives of others, and to give back to the community. By partnering with Mobile Crisis Regina, they helped break the silence surrounding mental health. They educate students about the importance of speaking out about mental health, which has led to many courageous conversations. Their events were organized around the central themes of youth and mental health, youth and suicide intervention, and the importance of talking to others about our feelings. Their entire school has become a safer place.
 
Sheldon Williams Collegiate, Regina, SK
Mindful Creative Writing
 
Students from various cultures, religions, languages, abilities, and literacy levels formed the first Mindful Creative Writing class. Through the process of creative writing, students share in deeply personal ways and listen as their classmates do the same. Students learn mindfulness, which helps develop compassion, tolerance, peace-building skills, authentic communication, self-confidence, conflict resolution, and kindness for self and others. The students performed during multicultural week, and organized Let's Talk Culture, which featured student performances of spoken word art. The students became published authors with a book titled Speak Up Inspire Change. Creating a peaceful world starts by creating peace within each individual.
 
 
University of Regina Faculty of Education, Regina, SK
fYrefly in Schools
 
Now in its third year, fYrefly Saskatchewan is a provincial, educational initiatives developed to help reduce discrimination against sexual and gender minority youth, to increase awareness of the impacts of homophobia and transphobia, and to create safe and inclusive school environments for all students. The fYrefly in Schools program utilizes trained youth volunteers who educate their peers about the impact of discrimination, and share stories of resilience and overcoming adversity. fYrefly Saskatchewan also runs Camp fYrefly, a youth leadership camp for LGBTQ youth and allies, and an art therapy program: “Healing Through the Expressive Arts”.
 

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