Engaging parents & caregivers to support healthy youth relationships

What is the ConnectED Parents Project?

At Shift, we believe that all youth should experience healthy relationships because it is a key prevention strategy for domestic violence. That’s why we developed ConnectED Parents – a game-changing approach that empowers parents and caregivers of adolescents aged 10 to 20 to support healthy youth relationships and prevent adolescent dating violence.

ConnectED Parents involves:

  • Using text messages to build parents’ skills to support healthy youth relationships,
  • Building the capacity of parent leaders to offer peer support, and
  • Working with community leaders in the places where parents naturally go to build healthy environments in these settings.

By making it easy and quick for parents to learn about supporting healthy youth relationships, and leveraging the power of community and parent leaders in the places where parents already go, ConnectED Parents builds the knowledge, skills, relationships, and environments that support parents to teach their teens about healthy dating relationships.

And between 2022 to 2025, we’ll be partnering with community based organizations, researchers, policymakers, and anti-violence advocates to test, evaluate, and scale-up our approach.

Click here to learn more about the ConnectED Parents approach and frequently asked questions

What’s new?

On December 1, 2022 and February 28, 2023, Shift met with groups of passionate professionals who run parenting programs in Calgary, Alberta to discuss the ConnectED Parents approach. The feedback we received was invaluable and we’re excited to integrate it into the project design.

It’s inspiring to know that the ConnectED Parents approach is meeting an important need and we can’t wait to continue the conversation. Stay tuned for more events where we’ll bring together counsellors, people running parent programs and informal support groups, and community leaders to continue the dialogue and work towards promoting healthy youth relationships!

About the ConnectED Parents Approach & FAQs

Project Collaborators 

Resources to Promote Healthy Youth Relationships


Contact Lianne Lee
Project Manager, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence
Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary | MT 530 B
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
T: 403.220.7755 | E: LiLee@ucalgary.ca