The Violence Intervention Project (VIP) develops youth programs aimed at reducing violence in Toronto schools. The VIP conducted a literature review on the issues of bullying and dating violence and found effective strategies required the participation of the entire school community. The VIP therefore developed the Respect In Schools Everywhere (RISE) project based on a youth engagement model that trains youth to become leaders on violence prevention. The goal of RISE is to encourage students to work with parents, teachers, and other community members to develop and implement anti-violence strategies specific to the needs of their school. A pilot version of the RISE project will run for a 3-year period in select schools in Toronto. If successful, the VIP hopes to implement the RISE project in other schools and communities.
Bullying, Sexual Harassment And Dating Violence: A Youth Engagement Approach To Prevention in Middle and High Schools
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Principal Organization: East Metro Youth Services
Partner Organization: York University and Hospital for Sick Children
Principal Investigator: Debbie Garbe