Gillian’s Place is able to offer a variety of engaging youth programs that include: school-based and youth group educational workshops, male allyship/healthy masculinities workshops, youth ambassador programs, school projects, and volunteer opportunities!

Note: School presentations are available in the following areas: St. Catharines, Thorold, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and West Niagara including Jordan, Vineland, Beamsville, Grimsby and Smithville. If your school is in South Niagara, please contact Birchway Niagara (Women’s Place of South Niagara)


School Programs

A large part of the prevention strategy at Gillian’s Place is focused on our partnerships with local schools. School programs are presented in the classroom in an age-appropriate manner and are designed to raise awareness and provide information on how gender roles and expectations, as well as our culture, influence dating violence. Students also learn about resources, risk reduction strategies and how to help a friend who is experiencing abuse. Teacher and parent information sessions are also available.

Student Placement Opportunities

Gillian’s Place accepts a limited number of placement students in our Shelter Counselling Department and Child & Youth Department throughout the year. We are only able to take on post-secondary placement students (not high-school) at Gillian’s Place.

Our student placement positions offer comprehensive training and onboarding, shadowing of experienced counsellors, child & youth workers, housing workers, and a variety of other positions, and a collaborative learning plan that includes your own personal and professional goals as well as opportunities for unique hands-on experiences – we work with you to support you through your learning objectives, building to more independent work throughout your placement with us.

Schedule YOUR Youth Engagement 

If you would like to find out more about how to engage your student/youth group in the work to end gender-based violence, contact Jami Coughler, Manager of Quality & Engagement, at
905.684.4000 ext. 235 or or complete our Community Education Request Form and we can create a customized youth engagement plan that is right for your youth group!

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