The Violence Prevention Program is a community based outreach and awareness initiative supporting youth ages 12-18 years old in the Barrie and surrounding area.

Our Mission

The Violence Prevention Program strives to offer educational opportunities for youth that shift the engrained systemic attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate violence and discrimination in our communities. By fostering beliefs that support the development of healthy social behaviours and relationships, we aim to build a healthier, safer society for everyone.

Our Goals

  • To foster values that support healthy social behaviour and relationship development
  • To explore how attitudes and beliefs about oneself and others are formed
  • To develop critical thinking abilities that provide the skills necessary for youth to make positive lifestyle choices
  • To provide youth a safe, non-judgemental environment where they feel empowered to share their thoughts and ideas, and express feelings
  • To equip youth with strategies to help end violence and abuse in our community

Our Topics

Relationship Dynamics & Violence

This session will support youth in understanding and identifying the dynamics that create both healthy and unhealthy relationships. It aims to educate on the impacts and scope of intimate partner violence on both a personal and societal level.

Cyber Safety & Technology

This session is designed to develop knowledge and skills to safely use various forms of technology. It aims to help youth understand the impacts that online bullying and harassment can have on a person’s mental health. Youth will become mindful of the threat of online predators, and will be provided strategies on how they can engage safely when using social media, and other technological means.

Diversity & Discrimination 

This session will discuss the various forms discrimination can take. Youth will learn the impacts of discriminating behaviour, and will explore how personal bias and social stigma contributes to discrimination. The session aims to identify ways youth can reduce discrimination, celebrate difference, and promote diversity in the community.

Stereotypes

This session explores how gender stereotypes are formed, and how they can contribute to violence and abuse. Youth will analyze how stereotypes surrounding gender have impacted their own lives, and ways they can overcome these stereotypes.

Building Self Esteem

This session assists youth in becoming mindful of the media’s impact, societal pressure, and internal factors that influences the development of one’s self esteem. Strategies to build resiliency and positive self esteem will be discussed.

Anger & Assertiveness

This session will address how anger is often normalized as violence, and the difference between the two concepts. Youth will become able to identify how to recognize physical cues and triggers for anger in themselves and others, and healthy ways to express anger.

Mental Health & Substance Use

This session is designed to engage youth in discussions and activities that will deepen their understanding of the impacts substance use and misuse has on overall mental health. It will highlight how mental health and substance use intersects with violence in our communities.

Human Trafficking

This session is designed to bring awareness to an ongoing issue in our community that is not widely recognized. It will educate youth on what human trafficking is, its risk indicators, safety concerns, and what help is available for those impacted.

Sexual Violence & Rape Culture

This session will explore how the media facilitates a culture that supports rape and sexual assault. Youth will be challenged to think about how their own actions and behaviours promote acceptance of sexual violence, and how they can contribute to change. Community resources that support those impacted by sexual violence will be provided.

Boundary Setting & Communication

This session has been developed to provide youth with information and awareness on the importance of consent. Strategies on how to set healthy boundaries, and communicate effectively with others will be discussed.

Think a topic is missing? The Violence Prevention Program is designed to meet the needs of our community! The ability to create and facilitate additional topics for youth is available upon request. Please contact us directly for inquiry.

Our Funders

 

This initiative is made possible with support and funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Contact Us

Violence Prevention Program
705-728-6300 ext. 236
vp@barrieshelter.com

Our Sponsors

CRISIS LINE: 705-728-2544

 

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