To reduce violence in the lives of youth and in our communities by building a team of youth who communicate a message of non-violence.
LOVE’S DEFINITION OF VIOLENCE
Youth from LOVE have been witnesses, victims and/or perpetrators of violence.
At LOVE, we define violence as any action that causes pain. Violence can be emotional, physical or social. This includes domestic abuse, rape, sexual harassment, self-harm, different forms of bullying (including physical, social, verbal, emotional, psychological and extortion), fighting, sexual abuse, gang-related violence, substance abuse and substance-related violence, suicide (family members, peers, or personal attempts), and hate crimes such as racism, sexism, and homophobia.
To inspire youth to build a society free of fear and violence.
LOVE believes that youth offer concrete reality-based solutions to their own problems and that changes in youth attitudes and behaviours are best made through peer-to-peer communication. This approach gives program participants the ability to change themselves, while also building the capacity to help others.
LOVE’s approach recognizes and validates the perspective from which youth speak.
| 80%* of our graduates reported that there has been a significant decrease in their experiences with violence.
| 82%* have completed or are in the process of completing Cegep.
| 92%* have completed their secondary education, while the average high school graduation rate is only 64%** in the greater Montreal region.
* LOVE Alumni Questionnaire Results, 2015
** Statistic from Montreal Hooked on School, 2011
| LOVE listens to youth and creates a safe, accepting atmosphere where youth are heard.
| LOVE gives youth a sense of purpose: to change the world by reducing violence.
| LOVE creates strong relationships based on trust.
| LOVE helps youth realize and grow their capacities through its educational programs.
| LOVE helps youth to build self-esteem and lead constructive lives.
LOVE is a non-profit organization based in Montreal and founded by Mrs.Twinkle Rudberg in 1993. Following her husband’s murder by a 14 year old boy, Twinkle became convinced that the young perpetrator was himself a victim of violence. Thus, LOVE was born. The organization has made a significant impact on youth aged 13 to 19 by helping them end the cycles of violence in their lives and by training them to become leaders in violence-prevention within their communities. LOVE’s violence prevention programs have been enthusiastically endorsed by schools, government, community organizations and corporations who believe in the immense potential of our youth. Over the last 20 years, LOVE has launched programs in Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver.
LOVE QUÉBEC TEAM
Twinkle Rudberg, M.S.M.
Harry Hopmeyer (deceased)
LOVE National President
LOVE Québec – Board of Directors
Simon V. Potter, Chairman of the Board
Lawyer, Partner at McCarthy Tétrault
Diane Bussandri, Vice-President
Consultant Corporate Affairs
Aissatou Ba, Treasurer
Social Worker, Newton Foundation
Vice-President Marketing, Keurig Canada
Consultant, McKinsey & Company of Canada
President, DCK Concessions
Associate, Greenspoon Bellemare LLP
LOVE Québec – Executive Director
Director of Finance and Administration
Director of Operations