This release was issued under a previous government.

The mentorship project will operate through Edmonton’s Pride Centre, with funding support from an Alberta government Civil Forfeiture Fund grant. The project invites youth to develop relationships of trust with adults in the LGBTQ community to provide the support they need to help stay safe and develop positive community connections.

“The grant to the Pride Centre is a great example of how ‘bad money’ is turned into ‘good money’ to do positive work, from preventing crime to supporting victims and keeping Albertans and their families safe.”  

Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

“Navigating the complex journey of self-discovery can be difficult for anyone. For LGBTQ youth it can be complicated by a lack of clearly identifiable role models or safe space for this exploration of identity to take place free of judgment.”

Mickey Wilson, Executive Director, The Pride Centre of Edmonton

The one-time Civil Forfeiture Fund grant is for $76,250 over two years. Grants from the fund support community initiatives that target children, youth, and families at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity, including gang involvement, and victims of crime or those at-risk of being a victim of crime.

Through the Civil Forfeiture Office, property gained through criminal acts, or used in committing crime, is seized and if the court action is successful, forfeiture is ordered. Examples of forfeited property include vehicles used to commit crime, drug houses, and cash.

More Civil Forfeiture Fund grant recipients will be announced in the coming months.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.