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Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week in B.C.

The week of March 10th- 16th 2014 recognizes the importance of supporting communities to develop prevention, education, enforcement and intervention strategies to address the sexual exploitation of children and youth. Activities include a fuchsia ribbon campaign and local school and community-based events held throughout the province.

Also check out this Crime Prevention Information booklet designed to assist service providers, parents/guardians, teachers, and others who are working to help prevent children and youth from being sexually exploited or to help them leave situations that are exploitative in nature.

Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week in B.C.

Tomorrow is International Women's Day 2014

"The idea for an International Women's Day arose around the turn of the 20th century out of a long-standing movement for women to participate equally in society.

The first International Women's Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. Between 1913 and 1917, women in Russia and elsewhere in Europe began to celebrate the day as well.

Over time, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. The theme was expanded by the United Nations in 1975 with the International Women's Year. By 1977, the United Nations had adopted a resolution designating March 8 as International Women's Day. Today, International Women's Day is a national holiday in many countries and celebrated in many more.

Each year, March 8 and the week of March 8 provide an opportunity to take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making — both in Canada and around the world." - Taken from Status of Women Canada

To learn more about International Women's Day and what events are taking place around the world click here. To learn what more about Canada's involvement in International Women's Day click here.

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A healthy cooking lesson helps to motivate Sam

Recently Sam, one of our ROP youth, mentioned to me that he really wanted to start going back to the gym, but he was struggling with motivation and mental preparation. He also said that he wanted to change his diet in order to improve his workouts. We discussed healthier food options and protein intake for before and after the gym. I proposed that we do some cooking that would involve healthy high protein foods. He was excited to create a positive change so we scheduled an appointment to do a cooking exercise.

The appointment came and went. Sam struggled to get out of bed. I tried to wake him up, but efforts proved futile.

Later during the day he approached me and apologized for missing his appointment. He told me he wasn’t doing well and was having difficulty getting out of bed. We re-scheduled his appointment and this time he assured me he would be there. He asked that I wake him up on the morning of our appointment day and that I was not to leave his room until he was standing on his own two feet.

The day of the second appointment came around, and once again he did not get up. I stayed in his room until he was on his feet, but the moment I left, he would jump right back into bed.

At 1:00pm I went back to his room and made it clear that this was his last chance to have me help him with this healthy cooking exercise. Twenty minutes later, a staff member called me and said that Sam was looking for me. I was very surprised, but at the same time, exhilarated and thrilled!

We met in the kitchen and made peanut butter and protein powder energy bars. We had to leave them to set in the freezer overnight, but the following day he came to my office and was so excited to tell me how delicious they were. Now, Sam and I are working on establishing a physical activity routine and he is scheduled to attend yoga with me next Wednesday.

I am so proud of Sam and I am looking forward to continuing to help him with his healthy living goals.

Protein Powder Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

2 cups crunchy peanut butter
2 scoops protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)
2 ripe bananas mashed
2 tbsp flax seed (I used ground flaxseed)

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix to together peanut butter, protein powder, bananas, and flax seed. Mold the mixture into walnut-sized balls (melon scoop works well) and place them in a container lined with parchment to separate the layers. Freeze at least 2 hours before serving, best if frozen overnight.

The recipe that was used was from Spark People.

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Zero Ceiling provide our youth with a wonderful day snowboarding

On February 19th I traveled to Whistler with 15 youth from Covenant House for the Daily Shred Program offered by Zero Ceiling. The conditions could not have been better and there was more than 100cm of fresh snow. We gathered our gear and met our amazing instructors Luke and Kosta. They were patient and caring with the instructions and they guided us around the mountain. There were falls, tumbles, crashes and even hitting trees but the day was filled with laughter and joy. The mountain brought out the best in the group and it provided many struggles and even more positive achievements. At the end of the day no one wanted to go home and the youth were on cloud nine. Our young people were so happy and I could see it on all their faces. On days like this I am so grateful that we have such wonderful relationships with other organizations.

Zero Ceiling thank you so much for an amazing day of snowboarding!

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