This project takes a school-based approach that builds the capacity of student and educator leaders in elementary and secondary schools across Ontario to address the root causes of sexual violence and harassment through the promotion of healthy relationships.
Everything from sexist jokes to stalking, harassment and assault contributes to a culture that condones and supports sexual violence (Draw-the-Line, 2016). Teaching students the importance of healthy relationships is a key component to preventing and ending sexual violence and harassment. School-based approaches such as this engage children and youth early and often in conversations and activism focusing on healthy relationships, consent, nurturing mutual respect, and being conscientious of their well-being and the well-being of others.
Stay tuned! We recently held a series of webinars led by experts at Draw the Line, Egale Canada, and White Ribbon. These online sessions discussed topics such as consent, respect, healthy and toxic masculinities, and gender. The recordings of these online training webinars will be available shortly to all schools!
In November Ophea brought together over 100 youth and educators from 26 schools across Ontario for a Campaign Messengers Training. Visit our Facebook page to see pictures from the event!
All participating schools are invited to a 1.5-day in-person Peer-Sharing Celebration Event hosted by Ophea, June 6 - 7, 2017 at the YMCA Cedar Glen in Schomberg, ON (travel, accommodation and supply costs to be covered by Ophea). It’s not too late to get involved!
This project is also available in French under the name "Agents/Agentes de campagne : Passez à l'action !"
Campaign Messengers: Taking a Stand! is funded by the Government of Ontario.