MONTREAL, JANUARY 27, 2012 – With the dawn of a new year, Leave Out Violence (LOVE) is set to expand its role in the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) community by entering more schools and on February 9, the establishment of the LOVEHub in St. Leonard.
Located out of the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Viger/Jeanne-Mance (5960 Jean-Talon East), the LOVEHub will finally provide EMSB students in the East End with the vast array of after-school programs which are offered daily at the LOVE office downtown.
The LOVEHub was made a reality as a result of collaborative efforts between Daphna Leibovici, Violence Prevention Consultant at the EMSB, LOVE and the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi. It is funded directly from the violence prevention dossier, overseen by the Julie René de Cotret, Assitant Director of Student Services.
Taking centre stage at the LOVEHub will be the Media Arts Program, which is tailored to youth who have been witnesses, victims and/or perpetrators of violence and provides them with the ability to learn how to identify, analyze and document the issues surrounding the violence in their lives and develop reality-based solutions to end violence.
In a shared setting, 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. The unique program includes photography, journalism, videography and broadcasting. Programs are led by media and social service professionals.
The photography and journalism pieces by LOVE students have been prominently featured at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Dawson College.
Since the beginning of the school year, LOVE programming and has been available at Marymount Academy in N.D.G. and James Lyng High School in St. Henri. As of February 13, LOVE will also be present at Westmount High School and LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent.
For more information on LOVE, please visit: www.leaveoutviolence.org.