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 strategies for prevention.