Since 1993, Leave Out Violence (LOVE) has helped youth challenged by the many forms of violence to build the skills and confidence necessary to change their lives and communities. LOVE was founded on the belief that youth challenged by violence can be agents of change, capable of transforming their own lives, investing themselves in their communities, and making the world a safer place. Leave Out Violence (LOVE) was founded in Montreal, and now has grown across Canada, with programs in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.
LOVE believes youth are the key to ending youth violence in our communities. Our mission is to reduce violence in the lives of youth and our communities by building a team of youth leaders who communicate a message of non-violence. LOVE Ontario provides media-arts and leadership training programs to youth who have experienced violence and trauma in high needs and underserved Toronto communities.
History of Leave Out Violence
Leave Out Violence (LOVE) was founded by Twinkle Rudberg whose husband Daniel was killed by a fourteen-year-old gang member on the streets of downtown Montreal. Daniel had gone to the aid of an elderly woman who was being assaulted when the teen stabbed him to death. During the youth’s trial Twinkle learned that the young perpetrator had been involved in gangs and abusing drugs. She began to see him as a victim of violence as well. In 1993, as statistics on youth violence became alarming, Twinkle founded LOVE, a community-based organization dedicated at first to reducing the amount of violence in entertainment and the media and raising awareness about its effect on the psyche of young people. Twinkle then sought a way to reach marginalized youth to help them reject violence.
Today thousands of LOVE youth have become leaders in their communities. Like Twinkle, they set an example, showing how they can overcome the tragedy of violence by investing themselves in their communities.