What do we do?

Pass It On Program for Boys and Girls

Pass It On is an after-school, cross-peer group mentorship program with intermediate students (as buddies) and high school students (as mentors). Its goal is to foster capacity for healthy relationships and support life transitions.

Young people build confidence, self-awareness, empathy, acceptance of differences, and the ability to make better choices. The Circle offers two separate programs, one for boys and one for girls (cis, trans, and non-binary inclusive).

This program builds on the content in The Empathy Project and The Respect Project with reflection and discussion of deeper, more vulnerable topics. 

The Respect Project

The Respect Project is a workshop series offered in Grade 6, 7, and 8 classrooms. It’s designed to teach students about the foundational role of respect in their lives, relationships, and communities. Through mentorship, modelling, class discussions, and creative projects, youth learn and practice healthy relationship skills.

The goal of the The Respect Project is to give youth the tools to:

  1. Assess the health of their relationships;
  2. Discuss their needs, wants and feelings with friends, family and community — as the fundamental principal and practice of consent;
  3. Foster healthy relationships in their friendships & families and their classrooms & communities.

The Empathy Project

The Empathy Project is an 8-week program delivered to children in Grades 3, 4, and 5. The Empathy Project helps elementary students build social and emotional learning skills to support their mental health and social well-being.

Each of the eight weekly sessions is 45 minutes and explores topics such as emotional regulation, conflict resolution, and bullying prevention. Our goal is to begin equipping students with some of the knowledge and skills that can help them navigate the challenges that they’ll inevitably face as they get older.

youth facilitation training

Training: Key Components to Facilitation with Youth

Facilitation is part of what makes our programs successful. Our facilitators strive to build relationships with youth, which allows us to explore “heavy” topics with a playful tone. Our focus is on giving youth the skills to develop their own insights around these topics. Rather than teaching them right or wrong, we guide them to think critically about the topics and what they mean for them.

In this 7.5-hr live, virtual course, you’ll receive a companion guidebook and gain knowledge and practice with the signature facilitation tools and techniques that we use in our youth programs:

  • setting the tone
  • creating the ideal session structure
  • using games and improv activities to engage youth
  • developing group agreements
  • using practices like the circle to create shared accountability

SWOVA runs the training whenever a group of 6 to 8 people are interested, so be sure to let us know you’re interested!

Community Events and Awareness

Each year, The Circle facilitates a community candlelight vigil to remember the 14 women killed in Montreal on December 6th, 1989, as part of the broader acknowledgment of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. This annual event engages our youth, our partners and the broader community and is well attended. Every March, The Circle celebrates International Women’s Day with a community event aimed at recognizing the importance of this day.

We organizes educational events for the community with films, speakers and entertainment and presents educational display booths at community events.