"Thanks to LOVE, I have been able to start dreaming." - Oscar, LOVE (Québec) youth participant
LOVE (Québec) annually engages over 2000 youth, aged 12 to 21. Our unique programs engage youth participants in a process of self-discovery that empowers them to become leaders in their schools and communities. LOVE offers youth a safe space through which they develop a sense of belonging. Participants learn to express their experiences through writing and photography, to share their stories with their peers, to develop their emotional intelligence, and to become agents of change.
Youth are typically referred to the program by their friends, parents, teachers or social workers and commit to attending sessions for 8 to 24 weeks during the school year. Our programs are inter-connected so that youth can stay with us for up to five years as they develop leadership skills and learn to become engaged citizens.
Our Core Programs
MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM: offers sessions throughout the academic year to youth for exploring their challenges & difficulties through creative media such as photography and writing while building self-esteem & resilience.
LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: offers a series of workshops and activities throughout the year to empower youth to become active agents of change in their schools and in the community.
SEXOLOGY PROGRAM: offers a series of workshops to allow youth to develop their emotional intelligence, self-esteem and knowledge of various sexological issues (body positivity, consent, etc.), including topics required by the Quebec Ministry of Education.
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CAMP: unites youth from LOVE’s chapters across Canada in order to hone their leadership skills through an intensive week of professionally developed activities.
ANNUAL EXHIBITION AT THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS: provides graduates of the media arts program with a platform to showcase their art and views on the challenges they face in a professionally-curated, world-class museum setting open to the general public.
POP MONTREAL: provides youth with an opportunity to learn new forms of expressive arts under the mentorship of accomplished artists.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH WORKSHOPS: provides opportunities for youth leaders to apply their leadership skills by animating workshops to a public audience, allowing them to share their transformative experiences of overcoming various challenges.
COMMUNITY EVENINGS: offers youth leaders a weekly platform to put their skills to practice by leading workshops for their peers on matters that are relevant to them.
SUMMER ACTIVITIES: offers participants access to a diverse range of educational, artistic, and recreational activities aimed at building their confidence, peer relationships, and employability.
FINANCIAL AID: offers young leaders exhibiting exceptional potential scholarships to cover their textbooks and school tuition fees.
WHAT EDUCATORS SAY
LOVE has been an integral part of LCCHS for the past four years. LOVE is a safe place for students to express themselves and deal with what life throws at them. Many of our students live below the poverty line, come from single parent families and deal with the struggles of being a teen. Many do not fit the typical mold of an ideal student and LOVE is a place for them to be themselves. As the teacher rep for LOVE I have had the opportunity to see kids come out of their shells and overcome obstacles that teens feel are insurmountable. Students with self esteem issues and suicidal tendencies have become leaders and mentors to the younger students. This has empowered these young people to continue through their difficulties and conquer their challenges together as a community"
Meghan Hughes, Teacher
LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School
Our Presence in Montreal
LOVE (Québec) has worked with the following schools, youth and community centres:
- Batshaw Youth & Family Centres - All across Montreal
- Beaconsfield High School
- Beurling Academy
- Dunrae Gardens Elementary School
- École Édouard- Montpetit
- École secondaire Amos
- École secondaire Anjou
- École secondaire Antoine de Saint Exupéry
- École secondaire Calixa-Lavallée
- École secondaire Dalbé-Viau
- École secondaire Dorval-Jean-XXIII
- École secondaire FACE
- École secondaire le Vitrail
- École secondaire Louis-Riel
- École secondaire Père-Marquette
- Focus High School
- John F. Kennedy High School
- John F. Kennedy High School - Work Oriented Training Program
- John Grant High School
- Lakeside Academy
- Lasalle Community Comprehensive High School
- Lauren Hill Academy
- LOVE (Québec) Youth Centre - After School Programs
- Musée des beaux arts de Montréal – Éspace Adolescant Studio
- Perspectives High School
- Pierrefonds Community High School
- Place Cartier Allancroft
- Rosemount High School
- Royal Vale High School
- Westmount High School
- Willie J. Happyjack Memorial School
- Willingdon Elementary School
- YMCA of Quebec - West Island