The Provincial funding for the CHEW Project has been discontinued and we're reaching out to community leaders to keep the work going. Since 2014 the CHEW Project has worked with sexual and gender diverse youth to survive, heal and find hope. We need your help!
Within 2 days of opening our OUTpost in March 2020, CHEW was notified that it's provincial funding contract had been cancelled. The OUTpost (11725 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB) provides a safe space for youth to sleep, eat, shower, do laundry, relax, and get off the street.
The CHEW Project started in 2014 with the purpose of providing sexual health education to queer youth and young adults facing barriers. It soon became clear that these youth and young adults had limited resources and little frontline support, especially around mental health, housing, substance use, and survival sex. In late 2015, the project evolved into an outreach project providing frontline support and services. We continued to grow, and by 2017, we created an Indigenous peer support position, which still flourishes, as well as a counselling team to provide long-term mental health supports.
The CHEW Project’s vision is to provide frontline support, opportunities for health and wellness, and to help find hope for LGBTQ2S+ youth and young adults facing barriers like:
- Mental health issues
- Substance use issues
- Sexual health issues
- Sexual exploitation/sex work
CHEW’s team fosters resilience through no cost:
- Short and long term counselling
- Crisis and suicide intervention
- Harm reduction
- Social services
- Basic needs
- Referrals to housing
- Bus tickets
- Shower / laundry facilities
- Cultural connections
- Newcomer and refugee communities
- STI testing
- Support and resources for youth and young adults engaged in survival sex or sex work
- Events to develop empowerment and resilience
- A physical, safe space for youth to get support and get off the street
- Research and advocacy work
3 WAYS YOU CAN HELP US REACH OUR $450,000 GOAL:
1 - We are asking for a 100+ community members and allies to make a pledge of $1000 or more. (Can be done as a lump sum or as $83.33 x 12 months)
2 - If committing a $1000 isn't possible at the moment, any monetary donation is greatly appreciated. This helps ensure the rent is paid and that the lights stay on.
3 - Donating food, clothing, personal hygiene supplies, bus passes, etc to the Chew Project during operating hours. We ask that you contact Corey to coordinate physical donations. Corey can be contacted at [email protected]
*Monetary donations over $20 are eligible for tax receipts
As of Dec 18/2020, we've raised $327,404 of our $450,000 Target. We're almost there - please continue to share on your social media.
Hundred Helping Hands: $22,675
Offline Donations: $22,864
Corporate Donations: $71,800
Gov't of Alberta: $180,637
Because of the total money raised, we are adjusting our target on the system to show our actual progress and the balance of money required to be raised to fund CHEW for 2 years.
Corporate Donations: IG Wealth Management, ATB Financial & United Way. Thanks for your support!
The Community Health Empowerment and Wellness Project (CHEW) is a program offered by the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (iSMSS) at the University of Alberta. For more information about iSMSS and our community programming and resources, please visit: https://www.ualberta.ca/ismss
Offline gifts can be arranged through [email protected]