The after-school programs are bilingual and take place at the LOVE office, located in Old Montreal close to Square Victoria metro.
MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM (MAP)
MAP gives youth the tools they need to depict their experiences with violence through photography and writing. It allows them to build self-esteem by highlighting their achievements and sharing them with the community. Youth also develop empathy and acceptance for their peers.
The program includes:
« Group discussion
Through the lens of a camera, the written word and group discussion, youth articulate the impact of violence on their lives and explore positive alternatives.
At the end of the school year, youth will have the opportunity to:
| Showcase their work in Imagine LOVE, our annual magazine
| Have their work displayed in a public exhibit
LOVE youth who have completed MAP are given the opportunity to learn additional skills that help them become active leaders against violence in their schools and communities.
The program focuses on:
« Storytelling and public speaking
« Group facilitation and animation techniques
« Raising awareness around global issues related to violence through writing and video production
At the end of the program, selected youth leaders from across the country come together at a summer camp to further enhance their leadership skills. They can then return to their schools, neighbourhoods and communities to apply what they’re learned.
“SUCCEED TO PROCEED” PROGRAM (NEW)
Youth are taught essential skills that will facilitate their transition into adult life. The program aims to equip participants with essential life-skills that will assist them in their search for employment, as well as their pursuit of post-secondary and university education.
The Life Skills Program consists of 10 after-school sessions and 5 one-on-one individual sessions. It offers youth:
| Essential life-skills: healthy living, emotional intelligence, financial management, etc.
| Job market skills and volunteer placement: CV creation, interview tips and training, volunteer opportunities, etc.
| Mentorship: guest speakers share their work experience and offer professional support for LOVE youth.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION OUTREACH WORKSHOPS
Youth leaders team up with a LOVE professional to animate violence prevention workshops with a public audience. In these sessions, youth leaders share their personal stories and their experiences at LOVE with peers, professionals, and other concerned community members.
Violence prevention workshops are offered based on demand to CEGEPS, high schools and universities. The subjects of the workshops are adapted based on the needs of the participating institutions. They last between 45 minutes and 2 hours but can be delivered several times throughout the year.