About LOVE Ontario
LOVE believes youth are the key to ending youth violence.
This year inToronto, 80 LOVE Youth Leaders reached over 10,000 of their peers, creating a youth-led ripple effect that helped to end violence in our schools and communities.
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.
Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of Youth Leaders committed to violence prevention and to the philanthropic spirit of our valued supporters, LOVE had many significant achievements last year.
Ripple Effect Premiere - The Ripple Effect is a documentary that was entirely developed, scripted, shot and edited by eight Aboriginal youth in LOVE’s Native Child & Family Services community partnership program. The film features self-portraits, interviews from people on the street and First Nations Elders on a variety of issues ranging from racism to identity to the importance of culture and ceremony. Click here to watch The Ripple Effect online!
QMAP (Queer Media Arts Project) 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.
Health Canada – LOVE youth leaders developed advanced media skills and created profiles of young people who are in recovery from substance abuse. The youth took the lead on the project and connected with staff at Renascent House, one of Canada’s leading drug and alcohol treatment centres. They filmed thoughtful, powerful interviews about resiliency, recovery and the courage to deal with addiction. Check out the videos here or here!
Youth leading the way - The youth internship pilot has now become an ongoing position within the LOVE team. In addition, LOVE has hired numerous LOVE Project Interns for more specific project-based initiatives. We are inspired and excited to welcome this group of dedicated young people to the team, and to walk the walk of youth engagement!
Canada Now – Big reach! - This project compiled a national youth perspective regarding young people’s connection and contribution to Canada. LOVE Interns worked collaboratively with staff to reach over 2,000 young people and collect media pieces from a variety of perspectives on what it means to be Canadian from coast to coast.
LOVE MAG - Hot off the presses, this LOVE MAG is our first ever magazine! It replaces the “ONE LOVE” national newspaper, which had been our traditional publication. The LOVE MAG was put together by LOVE Youth Interns with the support of staff and volunteers. One thousand copies were printed and continue to be distributed! Click here to view the LOVE MAG online now!
An interview with LOVE's founder