Each year LOVE provides a safe space for youth to explore issues of violence in their lives and communities while gaining media arts and leadership skills.
Youth are recruited into LOVE’s entry-level Media Arts Program (MAP) from alternative schools, group homes, youth-serving organizations and priority schools, where LOVE delivers programs. These youth have personal experience with many forms of violence. The Media Arts Program (MAP) uses photography, music, video, journalism and creative writing to teach youth how to document the violence in their lives and community, and create reality-based solutions. Using different mediums, youth learn tangible skills and how to positively express themselves, as they examine the impact of violence in their world. By giving youth a voice we empower them to make the positive changes they want to see in their communities.
Participants of MAP then graduate into Leadership Training where they develop the skills, confidence and passion to become Youth Leaders in LOVE’s community violence prevention team. Each year, Youth Leaders reach out to thousands of young people, helping to inspire positive action. This unique combination of knowledge, experience and opportunity enables them to be effective leaders in promoting awareness, influencing attitudes and effecting change amongst their peers. It is through this peer based model that LOVE’s programs work on both an individual and a community level.
- Public speaking, producing and performing
- Advanced photography, video production & creation of public service announcements
- Community presentations and group facilitation skill training
LOVE Youth Leaders work in priority schools and neighbourhoods throughout Toronto. They educate their peers, professionals, and concerned community members about the causes, consequences and solutions to violence. Youth Leaders use their presentation skills and group facilitation abilities, as well as educational tools that they have created, to examine the impact of violence and share reality based strategies for prevention.
Other Leave Out Violence Programs and Activities
The purpose of the LOVE Ambassadors is to engage LOVE alumni who are interested in contributing to the organization’s sustainability and giving back to other LOVE youth. Alumni from LOVE’s programs have the opportunity to be involved in various fundraising activities and to help raise the overall profile of LOVE Ontario. These activities include presentations to potential funders and community organizations, fundraising events and LOVE media productions.
If you are a LOVE Alumnus who would like to volunteer your time with LOVE Ambassadors, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
QMAP – QUEER MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM
QMAP (Queer Media Arts Program) is a youth-led pilot project initially created by REX Pride, an LGBTQ+ youth group in Rexdale, with supporting partners Leave Out Violence, MicroSkills ProTech Media Centre and Arts Etobicoke. This new and innovative project gave a safe space in the community where youth who identify as LGBTQ and allies had the opportunity to learn quality artistic skills in a variety of mediums and use those skills to create a message for social change in the larger community.
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