The Missing Children’s Network is proud to announce that the Air Canada Foundation will support its sexual exploitation prevention program with a donation of $25,000. This generous donation will contribute to improving the program through the creation of educational tools to help youth recognize the dangers of exploitation.
The program to prevent sexual exploitation and trafficking of Quebec youth is a preventive approach for educators, parents and community stakeholders. This program will teach youth how to recognize the dangers of sexual exploitation. It will also involve creating a directory of resources and a bilingual “turnkey” kit for youth and educators that is adapted to Quebec regions and communities.
The Missing Children’s Network aims to educate over 37,000 youth across Quebec in the next three years about sexual exploitation problems, the dangers that runaways face and how to protect themselves and find help. Prevention workshops will be presented to students at targeted schools as well as remotely through a web platform. Seminars will be held for parents and guardians, and the main stakeholders working with children and youth will be informed about sexual exploitation and how to protect young people.
For many years now, the Missing Children’s Network has had the privilege of receiving the ongoing support of the Air Canada Foundation, which donates plane tickets for fundraising events. “We thank the Air Canada Foundation from the bottom of our hearts for its great generosity to our cause and for their support, which helps us have a tangible impact in the community by reuniting families and protecting our youth. We are very grateful to them,” says Pina Arcamone, Director General of the Missing Children’s Network.
Priscille Leblanc, President of the Air Canada Foundation, stressed that: “As the health and well-being of children are at the heart of the Air Canada Foundation’s mission, we are proud of our long-time partnership with the Missing Children’s Network. In addition to our ongoing support for programs to prevent the sexual exploitation of children, we are particularly proud to enhance the efforts of the Missing Children’s Network to increase the visibility of the danger related to this issue.”