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Fall update/newsletter

October 11, 2017

Fall sunshine graphicThere are some exciting changes upcoming this year, learn more here: Newsletter Fall 2017

Did you know that only $10 gets you a membership to SWOVA that helps support the programs at our agency? It also offers you the power of a vote at our Annual General Meeting so that you can have a voice in shaping our agency and its programming.  If you aren’t on our mailing list, that might be because you don’t yet have a membership!  Memberships can be renewed at any time here: https://www.swova.org/join-us/

Photo credit: PCA Falcons

Respecting September

September is a time for fresh starts. No one enters school thinking they are going to start a fight, be a victim of a violent attack, or feel ostracized because of their gender orientation. Anticipation runs high. Sometimes too high. Youth have high expectations...

Ground Spark

Working in the classroom with Respectful Relationships (R+R) youth, we often find that media tools including YouTube videos, documentaries, and magazine articles assist us in our dialogues with youth. We encourage youth in their critical thinking about Media and its...

Super Hero Reflects Diversity

Examining the relationship between stereotyping, the media, and violence is a major focus of SWOVA's Respectful Relationships program (R+R). Our workshops examine how media stereotyping can legitimize and normalize inequality and treat generalizations about groups of...

Sexual Health for Youth

This spring SWOVA organized the first Sexual Health Fair at Gulf Islands Secondary School and an afternoon of workshops on sexual health for the grade 11 students. There were information booths set up during the lunch break for students from the whole school to browse...

Spark Fest Unplugged

What does it take to reach out to the community and let your voice be heard? A clear vision, a number of passionate willing youth, and ways to engage your audience. Kate Maurice, the Mentor Supervisor for the Pass It On Project on Salt Spring Island had the vision - a...

SWOVA Facilitator Training Goes Online

We thought if we were going to enter the 21st century, we would go all out!  We are making our Respectful Relationships (R+R) Facilitator training program more accessible using online tools.  This is an exciting new path for us, utilizing E-learning.  Soon, when...

Sparking the Interest of Youth in the Community

One of the unique aspects to any of the initiatives conceived and implemented by SWOVA is that Salt Spring Island plays the distinct role of a Petri dish. The broader community on Salt Spring Island has always embraced SWOVA’s projects, with School District #64 being...

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