Today marks the first day of Violence Prevention Month.
Violence Prevention Avalon East and Partners Launch #OneIdeaNL Social Media Campaign focused on preventing violence. We will join more than 40 community and government agencies to launch the annual “One Idea NL” Social Media Campaign and Awareness Project for Violence Prevention Month 2021.
This campaign will bring awareness to the issue of violence, particularly the more subtle forms we often tend to overlook or normalize within our communities, such as sexual violence and hidden abuse, discrimination and harassment.Val Barter, VPAE Executive Director
The campaign runs throughout February and challenges individuals around the province to join the conversation on Facebook, and Twitter and in workplaces, homes and classrooms to ask and share “What’s Your One Idea to Help Stop Violence?”
Barter says the purpose of the social media campaign and awareness project is to engage everyone around the province in violence prevention efforts.
We want to hear from you. What’s one thing you can do? From that, we really hope to continue the conversation as stakeholders and collaborate with our violence prevention members in efforts like this to maximize our collective impact.Val Barter, VPAE Executive Director
Following the #OneIdeaNL campaign, Violence Prevention Avalon East will also be hosting a Violence Prevention Forum for students in grades 7-12 on Healthy Relationships/ Peer Support in partnership with Miles for Smiles and Relationships First- Restorative Justice Education.
It gives youth a safe space to talk and tools to develop and maintain positive, healthy peer relationships, and to take action to prevent bullying and harassment in schools and communities.Val Barter, VPAE Executive Director
VPAE has also launched its C.A.R.E.S award for students in grades 5-12 in the Avalon East district. The criteria we are looking for are as follows:
C – Citizenship. The student works to make their school and community a better place.
A – Advocate. The student has been a leader or active in violence prevention activities in their school
R – Respect. The student respects people and property. They treat others the way they want to be treated.
E- Empathy. The student is kind and compassionate toward others, understanding of others feelings.
S – Stood Up – Stood up against bullying/violence in their school or community.
Please join us in the important discussions throughout the month, we look forward to hearing from you.