Hera is a specialized year round education program with supports for adolescent girls who are at risk of being sexually exploited. The program embraces a therapeutic, relationship-focused approach to help these girls develop skills, commit to their education, re-examine their lives and move forward in a positive direction.

What does Hera provide? 
  • An academic classroom with learning supports
  • Focused education around sexual exploitation
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • In-home family support 
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Support and connection to community resources 
  • Referrals and access to therapy

Who can attend Hera?

  • Females aged 13-17 years old
  • At risk of or involved in sexual exploitation
  • Willing to access the program and engage in all aspects
    How can you access Hera?

    Hera looks to engage community volunteers for programming and mentoring opportunities. Share your special talents with youth and help them to develop theirs! The Hera program is looking for volunteers to build relationships and support at-risk young women in our program through fun, interactive activities such as dance, cooking, baking, sewing, sports, art projects or any other talents/skills that you can share. Volunteers should be able to come in at least once every two weeks for two hours between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM.

    To register for our Volunteer Orientation, or for specific opportunities, contact: For current volunteer opportunities, please check our website.

    For more info about accessing Hera, please contact: 

    Aimee Bontje, Program Coordinator
    403-777-6990 or 403-614-1045

    - or-

    Kacie Dougherty, Manager of Education

Hera helped me realize who I am, that I am somebody and that I have the power to make my own decisions. 


Funded by

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Hera is a program in partnership with Calgary Board of Education.

This program has been supported with a grant from the Canadian Women’s Foundation and its partners.

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