REACH Edmonton videos show impact of Safe Communities Innovation projects on Edmontonians at risk

Edmonton residents touched by the Government of Alberta's Safe Communities Innovation Fund (SCIF) projects are sharing their stories through a series of YouTube videos produced by REACH Edmonton. The four videos posted to the REACH Edmonton YouTube page today shine a spotlight on SCIF-funded projects, and REACH Edmonton as a whole, through informal interviews with participants and organizers. These interviews give Edmontonians involved in Schools As Community Hubs (SACH), the REACH Aboriginal Leadership Circle (RALC) and the REACH Immigrant and Refugee Initiative (RIRI) a chance to show the impact these projects are having on local communities. Investment in these prevention programs supports the goal of increasing community safety for all Edmontonians. • Through SACH, Edmonton schools are partnering with REACH Edmonton to respond to the specific needs facing families dealing with the stresses of poverty, family violence and mental illness while also addressing issues facing Aboriginal, immigrant and refugee families. • Edmonton Aboriginal groups are working with the RALC project to create strong, positive leaders in the Aboriginal community through mentoring and cultural education. • RIRI helps newcomers to Canada work through the challenges immigrants and refugees face when adjusting to Canadian life, specifically issues surrounding family violence. Immigrant women who have been victims of domestic violence can fund support with other women in the Healing Circle while the Men's Corner is available to help men who are struggling with adjusting to their new roles in Canadian society.

"REACH is bringing these groups together to approach safety in Edmonton differently," said Jan Fox, Executive Director of REACH Edmonton. "Creating a culture of safety is about working with families and youth, whether they be Aboriginal, immigrant, refugee or homeless, and making them feel included. These are complex issues and everyone's voice needs to be heard."

To schedule an interview with program coordinators or participants, or for further information about SCIF projects and REACH Edmonton, please contact Andy Bialowas at (587) 986-4041. To view the videos, visit our YouTube channel here.