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ReAct Launches New Resource: Journey to Healing

METRAC’s Respect in Action Program is proud to be launching “Journey to Healing”, a self-care zine made for youth, by youth.

This zine shares tools, practices, and resources captured from the experiences of diverse youth across Toronto aimed at exploring how youth experiencing violence can heal and thrive!

Download the zine PDF resource here

ReAct wants to thank the over 100 youth from across the city of Toronto who contributed their knowledge and experience to ensure that this zine is an empowering tool for diverse youth.

Thank you to the students from the following schools for their important contributions to this work:

  • Westview Centennial Secondary School – West End Toronto
  • George Harvey Collegiate Institute – Central Toronto
  • Lester B Pearson Collegiate Institute – East End Toronto

We would like to express our gratitude to the dedicated and passionate members of our Youth Advisory Committee who contributed their talents and creativity that helped bring this zine to life:

  • Shochoy Fray
  • Yasmine Gray
  • Sakinah Hasib
  • Sage Khalifa-Aya Esi
  • Brittney Miller
  • Krimy-Alexandra Parra-Ortiz

New Legal Resources for Youth

ReAct is proud to launch in collaboration with METRAC’s Community Justice Program, 3 new legal resources for youth focused on issues of cyber violence.  These resources share information on different forms of cyber violence and how to get support.

Our Respect in Action (ReAct) peer program builds youth leadership to end violence against women and youth. ReAct Youth Facilitators create resources and lead interactive afterschool programs, workshops, trainings and presentations for youth, educators and service providers.

Notable achievements

  • Blueprint project model, Status of Women Canada (2011)
  • Promising practice model, The Road to Health: A Final Report on School Safety (2008)
  • Model reproduced: in York Region with Social Services Network, in The Achievers Project with San Romanoway Revitalization Association
  • Model inspired: Girl Empowerment Clubs in Ghana, led by WiLDAF-Ghana and funded by Crossroads International (2015)

Where we work

Elementary and high schools, community centres, drop-ins, shelters, detention centres

Key factors explored

Bullying, gender roles, dating violence, sexual violence, community safety, relationships, self-care

A Peer Facilitator’s perspective

Linda Frempong, ReAct Facilitator, explains what the program does at the Consent+Rights+Respect Forum on youth challenging sexual violence (April 10, 2014).

ReAct’s Gone Global: Girl Clubs in Ghana

Mehret’s story

Shadika’s story

“I would look forward to coming to school on Thursdays just so I could see the ReAct Youth Facilitators and my new friends – also to have very interesting conversations about things that are usually kept on the hush-hush.”