The Nova Scotia government is putting $12,000 into a program it says will help girls at risk get involved in their community and stay on track.

Premier Darrell Dexter said Wednesday that the program will allow about 20 girls to participate in job training and other activities that will help build positive support networks.

Dexter said participants are vulnerable to sexual abuse, prostitution, drug use and gang violence.

A youth advocate says the girls can help design and deliver activities in a bid to build their employment skills and self-esteem.

In April, Dexter announced a team to look at sexual assault and bullying to better protect girls and women.