SAGE Emotional Wellness and Employment Readiness program supports women with emotional wellness; Indigenous cultural connection and supports; functional life skills; and preparation and planning towards the next steps of employment.

Many barriers exist for women released from incarceration attempting to secure employment and through our SAGE program. We assist women on their journey to personal success.

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary’s SAGE program is 12 weeks in length and provides a cultural foundation that supports women through interactive and experiential learning, expressive writing and photography. Women are empowered with skills to help them on their path towards accessing training, education or employment.

Women who participated SAGE from 2015 – 2019 were assessed for the long-term impact the program had made on their lives. Of the SAGE alumni that were contacted, one third were able to find employment during their participation in SAGE or immediately after completing the program. Another third of those surveyed had gone on to participate in additional employment training programs after exiting the program. Finally, half of those contacted reported attending school (upgrading education or attending post secondary or a trades program) after finishing the program.