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Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara

Teen Connect
& Creative

Teen Connect

Kristen French CACN’s Teen Connect Program is a child abuse awareness presentation delivered to students across Niagara in grades 7-10. Presented by the Kristen French CACN’s Youth Outreach Coordinator in partnership with Family and Children’s Services Niagara’s Family Enrichment Worker. The goal is to inform children and youth of the caring support services available to help them, or someone they know, who may be experiencing abuse within Niagara.

For more information please contact our Youth Outreach Coordinator at 905-937-5435 x7024 or

Teen Connect Program is funded by:

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Teen Creative

Teen CreativeA free, weekly, artist-lead, two hour education & abuse prevention group for youth ages 12-15, who have completed their investigative process with Family and Children’s Services Niagara and/or Niagara Regional Police Service. This program, with the support from the Family Counselling Centre Niagara is jointly managed by our Youth Outreach Coordinator, Patricia Van Stone of Foster Festival and Lisa Sharik, an Ontario Certified Teacher who has worked with survivors of sexual assault for over 25 years.

This group focuses on using creativity as a vehicle to further recovery from the impacts of child abuse, and is intended to help youth better understand themselves & learn the power of creative self-expression. It is NOT intended to replace therapeutic practices.

This 12 week group meets  Thursday evenings from 6pm – 8pm beginning September 12th, 2019 at our Centre (8 Forster St., St. Catharines ON L2N 1Z9).

Participants will cover the following topics:

  • defining & effects of abuse
  • managing emotions
  • risky behaviour
  • understanding the self & self-care coping strategies
  • grief
  • impact of social media
  • family and friend challenges
  • empowerment and confidence
  • recovery and resiliency

To register or learn more, contact Keegan Kaior – Youth Outreach Coordinator at: 905-937-5435 x7024 or

“What the creative group has done for me was provide me with a night every week to look forward to. I met a new (good) friend, and heard the voices of many other people that have experienced similar things as me. I’ve discovered how to cope with my feelings through creative outlets that have helped me as well.” – Hailey Hicks, 2017

“This group gave these individuals the ability to use their voices, gain a sense of power over their choices and to recognize that their voices are a powerful tool. One of the biggest changes I saw was their self-esteem and self-confidence were boosted tremendously from participating in this creative group, as well as their increase in peer interaction.” Janice, FCC Family Therapist

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