Project CLEAR (Consent Leads to Empowered Affirming Relationships) supports queer and trans youth (ages 11-24) in the Twin Cities to identify, prevent and heal from sexual violence and unhealthy relationships. We offer individual, group and family therapy, peer education workshops, and staff training.
Main Components of Project CLEAR
Peer Educator Training
We will train youths in high school to work as peer educators to share information and resources about healthy relationships for queer and trans youth. Peer education will be offered both on-site at Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) middle and high schools, and off-site in the community. Peer educators can earn up to $500 each year.
Individual, Group and Family Therapy
We will provide both individual therapy, family therapy, and support groups for queer and trans youth who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and/or sex trafficking. All eligible youth will have access to services regardless of their ability to pay. Individual and group therapy will be offered both on-site at SPPS middle and high schools and off site at RECLAIM's office and/or other accessible community locations.
Training for School Staff and Other Youth Serving Professionals
We will train SPPS Gay, Straight, Alliance (GSA) advisers, counselors, and social workers (among others) on dynamics of relationships violence among queer and trans youth, how to respond when youth disclose experiences of relationship violence, and relevant community resources for youth referrals. SPPS Staff trainings will be offered on-site through district professional development days, and training for other youth-serving professionals can be arranged by request.
The goal of Project CLEAR is to reduce the incidence of relationship violence among queer and trans youth ("relationship violence" includes the following: domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking).
Partnerships and Funding
Project CLEAR is a partnership between RECLAIM, Saint Paul Public Schools - Out for Equity, SOS Sexual Violence Services Ramsey County Public Health, and the Sexual Violence Center.
Project CLEAR is funded through a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women, part of the US Department of Justice.
For more information on Project CLEAR contact Anna Lifson MSW, LGSW (She/Hers)
Project CLEAR Manager and Therapist at 651.890.2936 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-CY-AX-0005, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.