T.E.A.R.™ Program

The T.E.A.R.™ Program helps prevent gender-based violence by equipping youth with tools and resources to make healthy relationship choices.

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T.E.A.R.™ Program prevents in-person and online gender-based violence by equipping youth with tools and resources to make healthy relationship choices, identify the warning signs of abusive relationships and reach out for help.

There are 3 components to the program:

  • T.E.A.R.™ Workshop
  • T.E.A.R.™ Youth Leadership Program
  • #TEARtalk Social Media Engagement Strategy

T.E.A.R.™ Workshop

T.E.A.R.™ workshops are delivered by trained youth leaders and adult facilitators in middle and secondary schools reaching over 10,000 youth annually.

Through the use of multimedia videos, interactive activities and engaging dialogue, T.E.A.R.™ workshops help youth learn about the healthy ingredients necessary for developing positive nurturing relationships. They also identify early warning signs of abusive relationships and where to get help.

T.E.A.R.™ workshops are accessible in English and facilitators work with you to accommodate accessibility needs.

Click here to access our T.E.A.R ™ Program Presentation Request Form

T.E.A.R.™ Youth Leadership Program

This volunteer program builds on the basic learnings of the T.E.A.R.™ workshop and encourages youth (grades 9-12) to further understand gender based violence. Youth are trained to further develop and present T.E.A.R.™ workshops within their school and the broader community.

Learn how to become a T.E.A.R.™ Youth Volunteer >

#TEARtalk Social Media Engagement Strategy

#TEARtalk is a weekly social media chat that is completely youth inspired and driven. It provides a space for T.E.A.R.™ Youth Leaders to raise awareness about a variety of topics related to (un)healthy relationships, equity and gender-based violence.

Join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter @tearyouthto.

Watch the #TEARtalk Pledge video >

Healthy Relationships in a Digital World

This project provides Principals and Vice-Principals with strategies in response to cyberbullying and cyberviolence in schools and social media.

T.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World Workshop

This interactive and engaging 60-90 minute workshop was established by youth for youth aged 12 to 18 living in the City of Toronto. It’s free for TDSB & TCDSB schools and can be delivered in-person or virtually.

Topics discussed include:

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Cyberviolence
  • Dating rights, Consent
  • Digital leadership
  • Online safety tips
  • Healthy relationships
  • Warning signs
  • Where and how to get help

Watch the T.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World video >

Click here to access our T.E.A.R ™ Program Presentation Request Form

General Resources

Video Resources to Support Cyberbullying Awareness and Prevention

Soulpepper Theatre and Victim Services Toronto, in partnership with CPLDO (CPCO), LEA (ADFO) and PAP (OPC), present two video products of their 2021-22 pilot project, Cyberbullying & Cyberviolence: Creating Safe Digital Spaces. These videos were created by five of Victim Services Toronto T.E.A.R.™ Youth Leaders. The films support school leaders and school communities in the prevention of cyberbullying and cyberviolence.

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Is Someone There?

(3:55 minutes)

When 16-year-old Aanaya sees a couple fighting at a café, she is reminded of her own past with an abusive ex-partner, exploring the emotional toll toxic relationships take on young people.

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Truth Files

(2:25 minutes)

A regular day in class for Alora is interrupted when she becomes the object of ridicule from classmates on her school’s online ‘confession page’. This video offers a candid look at the reality of cyberbullying and its impact on a young person’s self-esteem.

For more information about the T.E.A.R™ Program, contact us today.

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