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  • Uplifting Neighbourhoods One Edition at a Time May 2015

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    Table of Contents

    Meet Peacebuilders CanadaAn inside look at alternative measures for at risk youth in the criminal justice system. Dont let their past be their future.

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    Summer Series is upon usA brief summary of last years Summer Series organized by Artscape and the road to Summer Series 2015

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    Show Some Love.Show love to Show Love Cafe. A simple idea going a long way.

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    The Sound of Regent Park.Regent Park School of Music shares some of their past successes and future goals.

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    EDITORS MESSAGE

    To all of our new readers, WELCOME to the all-new Revitalize Magazine. Our team has been working hard night and day to ensure our first edition goes out without a hitch. We understand that growing pains are inevitable, however we are committed to informing the residents of Regent Park of all the upcoming public events, the inspiring stories of our neighbors and highlights from the past month. We wish to be the tool that bridges the gap between all of Regent Parks residents and to unite cultures through information, art, culture and specialized programs for the benefit of all ages, creeds or heritage. Revitalize is a fully locally-produced project and is financed by local businesses for a collective effort to share the wealth of knowledge. THANK YOU for supporting us, we could not have done this without you.

  • Meet

    Peacebuilders Canada is a youth-focused not-for-profit organization based in Regent Park that provides youth with a fair process and appropriate access to justice. We use restorative dialogues, called Peace Building Circles, to manage conflict and create positive change. We strive to empower young men and women to overcome personal challenges, continue their education, make better choices and realize

    their full potential. Peacebuilders has various programs that help support youth in the criminal justice system, schools and in their communities. Our flagship Restorative Youth Circles (RYC) Program is a court diversion initiative that is volunteer-facilitated. Youth that are recommended to us first participate in a 4-6 week after-school peer mentoring program called Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT). This initiative seeks to build trust and engages the young men and women to better understand the situation that led to the laying of the charges. LOT focuses on building interpersonal trust, life skills, collaboration, healthy life choices, gender issues, conflict de-escalation, and communication. After the youth completes the LOT component he/she is assigned to a team of two or three volunteers who guide him/her through a consensus-based fact-finding process that seeks to establish the facts surrounding the charge. The next steps involve creating an action plan developed by a close analysis of the youths education, personal interests, dreams, and challenges. Last year, 33 youth successfully completed the program and 30 had their charges withdrawn. In contrast to the criminal justice system that is punitive based, the restorative justice method of the RYC program allows participants to reconsider their current path and encourages them to make better choices. Youth are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions and make amends to the people and communities that they have harmed.

    In 2014, Peacebuilders received a 3-year grant from Youth Justice Canada to expand its RYC program to the Jane & Finch community. Peacebuilders has partnered with P.E.A.C.H, a local organization, to better reach out to the community. The program also provides an enhancement to the existing RYC Program by enabling our organization to hire a Youth Worker to follow up with the youth once their charges have been resolved.

  • 2014 also marked the year Peacebuilders was awarded a grant by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to launch the Eastdale Community Changemakers Pilot Project. This was made possible with the support of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Police Service and Family Service Toronto. This initiative works to implement our circle method of conflict resolution in Eastdale Collegiate Institute. Peacebuilders aims to engage staff and students in open, respectful and honest dialogue about issues such as respect, bullying, gangs and violence, and introduce them to an alternative form of conflict resolution to improve school-based relationships and contribute to a safer school environment.

    Peacebuilders receives no core funding, which is why our 12th Annual Fundraising Gala, Spring for Peace, is so important to the success of our organization.

    On May 28th over 700 guests will come together at Daniels Spectrum at 585

    Dundas Street East, which will feature amazing food, and fabulous fine wine, live and silent auctions. All of the proceeds will go towards the funding of our core programs.

    This year is particularly exciting because Peacebuilders is the proud recipient of the 2015 Emil Gumpert Award, which will be presented to us the night of Spring for Peace. This award is presented by the American College of Trial Lawyers, which supports new programs with the purpose of maintaining and improving the administration of justice. Over 140 organizations across Canada and the US competed for this award, and we are thrilled to be recognized globally for our meaningful contributions to justice. The Emil Gumpert Award will enable Peacebuilders to establish our Extra Judicial Measures (EJM) Pilot Project in Jane and Finch and Regent Park. This Pilot will extend Peacebuilders youth court diversion program and receive referrals of young people directly from police officers before they lay criminal charges. The EJM Pilot will enable Peacebuilders to be even more proactive in rescuing at-risk adolescents from the stigma of criminalization.

    For more information please visit our website: www.peacebuilders.ca

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    Learn more and RSVP at socialinnovation.ca/potluck or call 416.9793939 ext 3 to reserve your spot. Limited spots available.

    Second Tuesday of each month, April-September, 6-8:30pm

  • Thanks to the generous support of two anonymous donors, last year Artscape was able to partner with a number of Regent Park and local agencies and organizations for a series of free arts and cultural programming. There were a

    total of 16 free arts and cultural initiatives that animated spaces in and around Daniels Spectrum throughout the summer. These initiatives included events (5), programs (9) and community animation projects (2) spanning from May September 2014.

    Last years programming included drop-in outdoor dance classes with COBA, outdoor film screenings in Regent Park (big park), a number of different community events like the opening of the big park, Show Love and Sunday in the Park, a summer arts lab and unique art installations like a mobile map and a cup installation. The collective of programming part of the Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum attracted over 9,000 attendees and participants. In addition, dozens of artists and youth were employed and over 200 volunteers were part of this initiative.

    SUMMER SERIES AT SUMMER SERIES AT DANIELS SPECTRUM

  • This years Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum will continue with the same tradition of offering one-of-a-kind free summer programming for people in the community. This years line up includes cultural bazaars, sewing circles, outdoor film screenings, children and youth arts workshops, community food events and much more! Be on the look out the Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum which is slated to begin the first week of June and wrap up at the end of August 2015.

    For more information please visit Daniels Spectrum websitewww.danielsspectrum.ca

    or Contact Outreach & Program coordinator:

    Lisa Smart: Lisas@torontoartscape.on.caT: 416-238-2453 x 105Artscape - Daniels Spectrum 585 Dundas Street East Suite 260 Toronto, ON, M5A 4N8

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