The primary focus of Safe Spaces is to promote and support the development of ‘safe’ environments within the region for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two-spirit, and questioning (LGBTQ) citizens. Particular emphasis is on the well-being and personal safety of youth. Our coordinator works within the service region to initiate and support the development of ‘safe spaces’ including: a drop-in for youth, doing workshops in schools and in the community about sexual orientation, gender identity, homophobia & transphobia; and to support Gay-Straight Alliances in High Schools.
SAFE SPACES WEEKLY DROP-IN
The weekly drop-in is for LGBTQ youth (ages 13-18) and their friends, where they can socialize, make crafts, play games, have group discussions, watch movies etc. in a positive environment that celebrates diversity. The drop-in takes place at Youth Quest (199 St. George St.) on Tuesday nights from 6PM - 8PM. We follow the school calendar, so when there is no school there is no drop-in (holidays, storms, summer break etc). To volunteer please fill out our application here
The Ally Initiative was implemented to help LGBTQ youth identify people that are supportive and inclusive. By displaying your Ally card (provided by our Safe Spaces coordinator), it becomes easier for youth to identify places where they feel safe and where they can talk to someone that celebrates diversity.
An ally can be anyone who works with youth or who encounters youth in their lives. They could be parents, school personnel, social workers, nurses, etc. Their role is to be supportive and to advocate for youth by offering support, organizing or supporting awareness activities, intervening when witnessing homophobic, transphobic, biphobic or heterosexist behaviors, and providing a safe environment.
To take part in the Ally Initiative or simply to receive our workshop, please complete the form below.
program. Upon completion of the workshop, you will receive a certificate. If you wish to display a Safe Spaces Ally Card at your workplace, a current criminal record check is required (received within the last 12 months). Your name can also be added to the regional ally list.
Please note: you will have access to a link that will enable you to download a criminal record check request form and instructions once you've completed the application.
For more information on our Safe Spaces program, you can email or call Sarah
Phone: (506) 859-9616
Our office is located at 80 Weldon St. in Moncton, NB.
Fax : (506) 855-4726