LOVE BC's Violence Prevention Committees (VPCs)
VPCs are communities of multi-barriered youth ages 13-19, who work together to build skills and create media tools for reducing violence in their lives and schools. For six weeks, participants develop language to discuss violence; explore the larger social justice factors that contribute to violence; strategize solutions to deal with violence in participants’ own lives and communities; and discover safer ways to confront experiences of violence. Participants also collectively build a media project that they can then use to educate others.
I am nominating LOVE BC's Violence Prevention Committees because they are innovative and because they are positively changing our communities. As one LOVE participant put it: "Without LOVE I would be in one of three places right now: dead, in jail, or on a highway to one of those two. LOVE is the reason I can look in the mirror and smile at the person I see. It has given me the tools necessary to manage my emotions, network, find self-worth, get a job, express myself creatively, ask for help, give back to my community and beyond, be a huge help for other youth in need, plan my future, find stability and confidence, be able to vocally express my opinions properly, public speak, and most importantly, love myself."
Leave Out Violence (LOVE) BC