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TO Wards Peace

TO Wards Peace Project (TWP) is a community-led model that focuses on interrupting and intervening community violence. This pilot draws on the lived experiences of affected communities to develop and implement effective community engagement approaches, innovative communication tools and social media strategies geared at violence intervention and interruption.

 

Community residents, leaders, youth and adults with lived experience of anti-black racism, trauma and violence, in addition to, â€‹organizations, elders and faith-based leaders were consulted and engaged in all phases of the design, development, build, communication and evaluation of the pilot.

 

TO Wards Peace takes a public health approach which includes data collection/analysis, determining the risk, identifying protective factors, and utilizing evidence-based strategies and programs to address violence at the individual, family, community and societal levels.

 

TO Wards Peace Project which is embedded in SafeTO, will combine community, social media and hospital-based violence interruption. RCHC in partnership with Think 2wice, the City of Toronto and other partners will oversee the development and implementation of the pilot in Rexdale.

 

TO Wards Peace Community Partners

 

Anchored and driven in the community by local health centres; Black Creek Community Health Centre (BCCHC)  and Rexdale Community Health Centre (RCHC) along with local anti-violence grassroots groups including, Think 2wice  in Rexdale and Youth Association for Academics, Athletics and Character Education  (Y.A.A.A.C.E)  in the Jane & Finch neighbourhoods, will hire Violence Disruption Workers with relevant lived experience to work on integrated teams consisting of community and City of Toronto resources.

These integrated teams will identify escalating situations of risks and points for violence intervention and interruption. Additionally, the teams will coordinate access to a range of resources and services to further mitigate the potential for violence and increase life stabilizing protective factors.

Local anti-violence grassroots groups and other relevant agencies and organizations will identify cohorts of youth currently involved in or most vulnerable to violence. The members of the cohort are selected based on multiple risk factors that result in circumstances of elevated risk of harm, victimization and/or engagement in serious crime or violence before being involved in TO Wards Peace.

 

Three Methods of Engagement

1.    In-Person TWP Violence Disruptors

Local individuals with relevant lived experience and expertise will build rapport and constructively intervene with youth and their families involved in or at risk of involvement with violence and crime.

2.    Online E-Mediators

Youth with lived experience have been hired to identify problematic content, online risks and conflicts, emerging trends and expressions of grief, trauma and loss that have the potential to create retaliatory real-life violence. E- Mediators will also disseminate anti-violence content through the E-Violence Interruption Before Escalation (E-VIBE) social media pilot.

3.    Hospital Based Violence Intervention Program Case Manager

A case manager with lived experience will utilize a public health and trauma-informed care approach to engage survivors of gun violence at bedside who are at increased risk for re-injury and violence enactment, navigate post-injury from hospital to community and connecting them to services that support a continuum of care and safety through city funded partnership with Sunnybrook’s Tory Trauma Centre Breaking the Cycle of Violence with Empathy (BRAVE) 

 

Peace Projects

A $10,000 grant will be awarded to youth (and/or youth groups) for anti-violence initiatives, positive youth development and capacity building.

Funding is intended for youth groups to facilitate their projects, creative ideas and initiatives that aspires to bring peace, cohesion and unity to disrupt violence and conflict in the community.  

Join us during our information session on:  

Wednesday June 8th from 5pm to 6pm on Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87177022485?pwd=L2lHa1VGNTA5RHhrRVNvMTZIUTl2dz09
Meeting ID: 871 7702 2485
Passcode: 305068
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kb21p4wCOb

AND on Tuesday June 21st from 5pm to 6pm on Zoom 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88051490177?pwd=QncvcmdZbURxM0dOMk5JZWhlVXBsdz09
Meeting ID: 880 5149 0177
Passcode: 935824
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/ksFYP4Q3z 


For more information & to apply visit: Home | PeaceProjects (peaceprojectstoronto.wixsite.com) 

Or contact: 

Stephanie Lynch, Youth Peace Ambassador at: stephanie.lynch@rexdalechc.com

 

For more information about TO Wards peace, or to get involved please contact:

Lenore Simbulan

Project Lead, TO Wards Peace

lenore.simbulan@rexdalechc.com

TO Wards Peace Caregivers Support Program

Delta Family Resource Services has partnered with TO Wards Peace to trustee funding ($15,000.00 to $40, 000.00) for 2-4 Grassroots and emerging groups/organizations in the Jane and Finch, and Rexdale areas. This funding is intended to support community groups who will develop and deliver programming geared toward caregivers who have been impacted by community violence.

They will be holding 2 open information sessions to provide further details and for potential candidates to ask questions.

They will be held on:

Tuesday May 10th @3:00pm - https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83887207373?pwd=Y1JadUx3Z2lIZ3VoRmtkUHdyZ3c1QT09

Saturday May 14th @10:30am - https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87881733565?pwd=TG5TSnJPKzM3M2VjN0Uzc1VGQXZiUT09

The closing date for applications is on May 20th, 2022. If you, or any groups you may know of, are interested in this opportunity, please follow up with Gillian Dennis (gdennis@dfrc.ca) for more details.

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