About LOVE Ontario
Leave Out Violence (LOVE) is one of the leading national youth violence prevention not-for profit organizations in Canada. Through media based educational programs LOVE helps youth who have been challenged by violence break the cycle in their lives, and then become community leaders of violence prevention. Since LOVE began in 1993, these young leaders have reached hundreds of thousands of children, youth and adults reducing violence in schools, homes and neighbourhoods.
Mission: LOVE programs reduce violence in the lives of youth and in our communities by building a team of young leaders who communicate a message of non-violence.
LOVE Ontario began in the city of Toronto in 1996. Since beginning operations, there have been many significant achievements. Below are just a few of our 2011 achievements:
Youth Leading the Way – LOVE Youth Leaders reached over 15,000 people in the Greater Toronto Area, making a positive impact on priority communities in our city with their message of violence prevention.
Community Focus – LOVE Ontario’s violence prevention programs were concentrated in the priority Toronto neighbourhoods of Scarborough, Lawrence Heights, St. Jamestown, and Rexdale. These communities embraced LOVE’s model and hundreds of youth chose to become local leaders against violence.
The LOVE Project on Rogers TV – 200,000 viewers tuned in each week to watch the LOVE Project – a 30-minute television program featuring youth issues from a youth perspective.
Youth Leaders Take Charge – Youth in LOVE’s Media Arts Program discovered their creative voices through photography, writing and video. In Leadership Training, youth leaders facilitated workshops for their peers and developed outreach presentations on critical topics relevant to them and their communities.
Winners at Toronto International Film Festival – Lawrence Heights: Past, Present and Future, a LOVE youth production, won Best Film Grades 7 to 9 in the 2011 Sprockets Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase, a part of the Toronto International Film Festival.
LOVE ONTARIO EXECUTIVE
Lana Feinstein, Executive Director
Kate Love, Director of Program Delivery
Suzanne Shulman, Director of Program Development