Media Arts Program (MAP)
Through the Media Arts Program (MAP) youth who have been witnesses, victims and/or perpetrators of violence, learn how to identify, analyze and document the issues surrounding the violence in their lives and develop reality-based solutions to end violence. Ideas are formulated and stories shared in “editorial meetings” at the beginning of each media training session. As part of the process, essential life skills such as critical thinking, verbal communication, listening, social awareness, problem solving, take hold.
LOVE’s instructive programming in Media Arts includes photography, journalism, videography and broadcasting. Through the lens of a camera, the written word and their voices, these young people articulate the impact of violence on their lives and explore positive alternatives. Programs are led by media and social service professionals and are offered at local community colleges or universities or in LOVE offices.
Youth who have completed MAP, graduate into Leadership Training, where they develop the skills, confidence and passion to become part of LOVE’s community violence prevention team. Based on the principles of youth engagement, the training includes public speaking, producing and performing spoken word, producing videos and public service announcements, and group facilitation. These young leaders work in schools and the communities to promote and encourage youth participation in violence prevention by establishing Violence Prevention Committees. Their unique combination of knowledge, experience and opportunity, enables them to be effective in promoting awareness, influencing attitudes and effecting change. To complement this program, each year, a 5-day intensive Leadership Training Camp is held in Haliburton, Ontario. Youth Leaders from across the country come together to further enhance their leadership skills which they can then take back to their schools, neighbourhoods and communities.
School and Community Violence Prevention Outreach Program
LOVE Youth Leaders educate their peers, professionals, and concerned community members about violence and violence-prevention. Youth Leaders use their presentation and group facilitation skills, as well as educational tools they have created, to examine the impact of violence and share violence-prevention strategies. Each year Leaders educate more than 40,000 youth and community members.
In-School Violence Prevention Committees
LOVE’s In-School Violence-Prevention programs are established in middle and high schools in priority communities. Youth Leaders and LOVE Staff co-facilitate the committees which meet regularly throughout the school year, to create projects that communicate a message of non-violence to the entire student body. The projects might include photojournalism exhibits, school newsletters, zines, comic strips or public service announcements about violence and its prevention. The goal of the committees is to facilitate students’ ownership of the violence prevention initiative in their schools and neighbourhoods.