The CircleEMPOWERING YOUTH FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
Our programs follow children and youth throughout their development. Exposure to messages that build upon one another from elementary to high school means consistent learning and practising of skills to build healthy relationships.
Committed to fostering respect, courage, diversity, connection and innovation.
The Circle, formerly SWOVA, has worked for more than two decades to address violence in all forms. Founded as a ‘wake-up call’ for action against gender-based violence, The Circle has become a champion of information on individual rights and protection and has developed education programs and awareness initiatives to address discrimination and violence based on gender, race, sexual orientation, age and ability.
The Circle’s youth programs encourage young people to challenge assumptions and learn skills that foster healthy, equal relationships. The Circle believes that all human beings should be free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without the limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles and prejudices.
We envision inclusive and gender-equitable communities living violence-free.
To treat each other with consideration and dignity, fostering self-respect and respect for others.
To speak, act, and advocate for what is right, working for social justice and persevering against social injustice.
To include different voices and perspectives with an understanding and appreciation for all.
To seek opportunities for collaboration and effective partnerships that foster caring and belonging in communities.
To be flexible and responsive in addressing the unique and changing needs of the communities we serve.
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Program Participants in 2019-20
News & Events
I have advocated for consent for over a decade, but if I am going to be honest, I only began to practise consent within the last three years. I am not talking about sexual consent. However, I am going to assume that when I said “consent,” you thought I meant “sexual...
Social–Emotional Learning and Violence Prevention: What’s the Connection? Here at The Circle, our focus is to deliver innovative, evidence-based social–emotional educational programs. Our motivation? We want to encourage youths to develop empathy, respect,...
Getting involved with The Circle’s Pass It On program was the most meaningful thing I did in high school. When I first started, Pass It On seemed like just a cool-girl group that met once a week to chat about what was going on in our lives and eat yummy snacks. But...
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