Service Alliance For Equality: A Gay Straight Alliance
Servicing Windsor and Essex County in Ontario, Canada
The SAFE Vision
A community that works collaboratively to provide services that are inclusive, safe, supportive, and that embrace diversity within an anti-oppressive framework.
The SAFE Mission
To address the current state of service provision for LGBTTIQQ2S youth in Windsor and Essex County.
- To provide a safe place for LGBTTIQQ2S youth to meet, exchange ideas, and obtain peer and professional supports and services.
- To provide support to LGBTTIQQ2S youth and their families so that they may advocate on their own behalf.
- To distribute a directory of LGBTTIQQ2S-friendly and culturally competent service providers.
- To offer LGBTTIQQ2S cultural competency training, resources and support to service providers, both professional and laypersons, throughout Windsor and Essex County.
Education Advocacy Support Safety and wellbeing of all youth.
The SAFE Difference
Resources for service professionals including: presentations (from 45 minutes to 3 hours); DVDs, books, reports; pamphlets; training; intake and assessment tools.
Founded in 2002, by representatives from the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society and The Teen Health Centre, SAFE uses the gay / straight alliance model successfully employed in high schools across North America. SAFE endeavours to be a vocal agent for change by addressing discrimination, exclusion, ignorance, indifference, and lack of knowledge regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, questioning, and two-spirited (LGBTTIQQ2S) youth and their families.