Tree of Hope Grant


Tree of Hope Grant

Courage For Youth was chosen as the 2013 recipient of Landmark’s Tree of Hope Grant!! We are extremely grateful for this gift and are excited to put the money back into the community! Because of this gift we are able to offer our Voices and Scream program at lower costs this year 🙂 We are excited to begin delivering these programs to more students!

If you are interested in having Voices or S.C.R.E.A.M ran in your son/daughter’s elementary school or through another organization please contact me at:





After the Grade 5 female students at Glenmore Elementary School completed the Voices program they took their knowledge and created a presentation for the grade 3 students in their school. The grade 5’s talked to the younger students about communication, positive thinking, being a powerful bystander, and how to have healthy friendships.

Afer talking about good friendships, the grade 3’s each chose a friendship trait that was most important to them and wrote it on a strip of paper. These strips were linked together to form a Friendship Chain, which hangs in the hallway of their school as a reminder of all the pieces of a great friendship.

“To Have a Good Friend; We Must Be a Good Friend”

Creating Smart Hearts


Creating Smart Hearts

Spent 2 days with the Ecole Glenmore grade 4 class talking about influences in our lives and our relationships with our classmates. We had a conversation about the ways conflict can arise in the classroom and on the playground and how each person has the POWER to stand up and stop the conflict. The girls made this promise to support each other and stick up for each other. Had so much fun with these ‘Smart Hearts!’

My Love for Mentoring and How You Can Become Involved

 “To Mentor: to advise or train” 
Mentoring is a process that always involves communication and is relationship based”


 Mentoring has been one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences of my life so far. Being able to develop relationships with young women by sharing honest stories of my past experiences and supporting them through their current struggles is really a gift. I have learned that young girls really want to know that someone has been through what they’ve been through, and that they are NOT ALONE.  Each time I enter a classroom full of beautiful young faces I can tell they are eager to learn and share, and are transfixed when I share stories of bullying. The feeling of connection is amazing, and although I know that to them I am there to ‘teach’ for me I am also there to learn, for these amazing girls have their own incredible stories and their COURAGE is something that I embrace and take with me.

My platform for mentoring has been through the Voices program, first as a volunteer and now as a program facilitator. I love meeting and speaking with young women who share my passion for mentoring our youth. If mentoring as part of the Voices program is something that interests you please email me at and we can start a conversation about becoming involved in this project!

If you are unable to devote time to this type of program remember that you can be a mentor on a daily basis. Everywhere we go there are young girls who see us and are noticing what we wear, how we speak, and how we act toward other women.  Take this opportunity to mentor through example; show these young eyes what you wish you were shown and portray how to be a remarkable woman.

Be Courageous ❤ 

Enroll Your Daughter in the ‘Voices’ program this fall!

I am very happy to announce that starting September 2013 Voices will be offered for girls in grades 3 through 6 at the Salvation Army location on the corner of Sutherland and Burtch. This will be offered as an afterschool program on Tuesdays and would include:
– your daughter being picked up from school
– participating in an afterschool snack and group activity
– participating in Voices with youth mentors
– and dinner @ 5pm.

The Voices program itself would run from Sept 24th – 19th, but the afterschool program continues into the spring.

If this is something that interests you, please contact Jillian Bonham at the Salvation Army via email at, or phone the Salvation Army Community Church @ 250-860-2329 to recieve more information and to register.