On November 15, 2021, our CEO, Dr. Jennifer Frain was a guest on the Community of Big Hearts Podcast with hosts Stu and Damian.

You can also listen to the full podcast episode here

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The Manitoba government is investing $900,000 in a number of initiatives to help stop child sexual exploitation.

Families Minister Rochelle Squires made the announcement in a news release on Tuesday, proclaiming that March 7 to 13 is ‘Stop Child Exploitation Awareness Week’ in Manitoba.

“The safety and security of children is a priority for our government, and we are committed to enhancing supports to ensure the best possible outcomes for vulnerable youth, including those at risk of sexual exploitation,” Squires said.

Up to $80,000 for New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults, and Families to update its training for service providers who work with sexually exploited youth;

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WINNIPEG — A new rapid housing initiative is being launched in Winnipeg.

Federal Families Minister Ahmed Hussen, Provincial Families Minister Heather Stefanson, and Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman announced funding details on Friday.

The federal government is spending $12.5 million on the initiative, and the funds will be divided between five projects.

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SHANNON VANRAES/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Tiffany Schambach was a participant in a New Directions program when she was 16-years-old. Now, at 27, she works for the organization. She was photographed at the organization's Winnipeg office July 23, 2020.

We can’t be prouder of Tiffany and her success since being a member of our Resources for Adolescent Parents program over ten years ago!

Since first coming to New Directions, Tiffany finished her high school education, before earning her degree from The University of Winnipeg, double majoring in psychology and criminal justice.

Tiffany is now working with New Directions as a facilitator in our Opikihiwawin program.

“Schambach is one of the organization’s many success stories,” says New Directions CEO Jennifer Frain in a story featured in the @WinnipegFreePress.

Read the full article for more of Tiffany’s story and New Direction’s success over the years.


Our Cafe 6 program was featured on CTV Morning Live, showcasing the work they do to give job skills training to marginalized youth.

“A social enterprise known as Cafe 6 is catering office lunches, and cooking up opportunity.”

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“Five community members gather around the big drum as Knowledge Keeper Chickadee Richard lights a smudge.

She offers a lesson on protocols, respect, and they start to sing.

This is part of a program at New Directions, a grassroots organization in downtown Winnipeg that is anything but new.”

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New Directions program in Winnipeg helps people by staying rooted in culture