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YWCA Montreal encourages youth to turn their street stories into success stories

The seed of the research-action project Tools for Effective Change was planted in 2008, when Lilia Goldfarb, the director of the Leadership Department at the YWCA Montreal, gave a training session on sexualization to professionals working with youth. She was struck by a comment made by one of the participants. A police officer recounted that gangs had started recruiting girls for the purpose of sexual exploitation right on the playgrounds of Montreal elementary schools.