Today is #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving that happens each year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you have already supported us, we thank you! Your gift will change individual live and help impact the whole community.

But if you want to give today, let us tell you how you can help make change happen in your community.

Consent. LGBTQ rights. Healthy relationships. These are all topics that get a great deal of media attention and discussion. These are also the issues that people want to talk about with the youth in their lives, but don’t know how.

At the Calgary Sexual Health Centre, we have been talking about consent, supporting LGBTQ communities, and helping individuals build skills to achieve healthy relationships for over 40 years. This work has only been possible with the support of donors like you.

Our curriculum and innovative programs cover a wide range of topics such as media literacy, communication and consent. We use rigorous evaluation measures with outcomes that indicate statistically significant positive changes in youth’s understanding of healthy relationships, safer sex, equality and diversity.

We have been supporting LGBTQ youth in the classroom since 1997, and building allies along the way. in 2012, we created the GAy Straight Alliance Network of Calgary. We then the importance of GSAs for students. Since the Government of Alberta passed GSA legislation with Bill 10, the number of new GSAs has increased and the requests for our support are higher than ever.

But our work doesn’t stop there. In addition to our direct service to support individual needs, we also deliver professional development and advocate for healthy and inclusive policy.

This three pillar approach ensure that we are having maximum impact and using your donor dollars to really make a lasting difference. You are helping us to effectively equip people – across the lifespan, in the workplace and in our government agencies – with the skills to support healthy live and healthy relationships.

Thanks for being an integral part of our work through your gift today. To make an online donation, please visit us at:

(And be sure to share your #GivingTuesday story on social media with the hashtags #GivingTuesdayYYC or #GivingTuesdayCA)