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The Way We See It

“A community is like a typewriter when one piece is off or stuck it doesn’t work…”  11 year old Sparroways Community Participant No community is perfect, every community has its assets and its flaws.  There are things that work and things that don’t.    Have you ever looked around your community and thought to yourself, “This […]

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The Road to Law School – A Teacher’s Perspective

When Sonia Masih, a secondary school history and geography teacher, was asked to begin teaching the first law class offered at her school, she was somewhat apprehensive.  With no background in law and no colleagues at the school she could turn to for help, she had to start from scratch to devise a teaching strategy.  […]

Finding Inspiration in the Trailblazers Program

When I first heard about the Trailblazers Meeting Women in Law event, I was in grade 12. My initial reaction was, “who is going to wake up at 6 am for this?!” but this event has benefited me more than I could ever imagine. First of all, it gave me the opportunity to connect with […]

My Summer at OJEN

For the past couple of weeks, I have been an intern at the OJEN offices in downtown Toronto. This was my first ever work experience and in the days prior to me working here were what I can only describe as a mixture of anxiousness and excitement. I was worried about how the general atmosphere […]

Understanding the Importance of Justice Education (Guest post)

I have been working with OJEN remotely from Thunder Bay for a little less than eight weeks as a summer student. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to work with youth and see firsthand the impact OJEN’s programs can have on them, so this blog post will be a little bit different with a focus […]

Why volunteer on an OJEN program? (Guest post)

This is a guest post, written by a placement student from Justice Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber.  It has been shared with permission. What an experience it has been to be apart of the OJEN team this year! As a placement student, working with OJEN has opened my eyes to a lot of things […]

Using Theatre to Promote Legal Capability (and have a great time while you’re at it!)

When is the last time you played? I’m not talking about playing basketball or a board game or some game on your phone. I mean really played, and let go of everything! Like when you were a kid. It seems like once we hit our teen years, we stop playing games and being silly. Games […]

The Tale of the “OJEN Baby”

As my third and possibly final summer working with OJEN in Hamilton comes to a close, I am forced to reflect upon my time with OJEN and how it has come to change my life. Interestingly, I became involved with OJEN while in grade eleven, when I participated in a mock trial run by the […]

To Evaluate or Not to Evaluate – That is the Question

I’ve been in this justice education game for a while now. I’ve participated in programming for thousands of students, in classrooms, courthouse and communities.  While developing this wealth of experience I’ve frequently contemplated the question of whether feedback or evaluation given by justice sector volunteers (“JSVs” -lawyers, judges and justices of the peace) is appropriate […]

Teach with context: Using theory for a deeper understanding of law

I used to teach sociology to university students, and one of the things that I liked best about it was the chance to get them to think about really deep connections between social institutions and the cultural values from which they develop. I have done it with secondary students too. With so many of them […]

Learning Advocacy Skills to Challenge Stereotypes

Recently, I facilitated the culminating session of a six week, advocacy-based program with the residents of Humewood House Sheppard, a resource centre for young pregnant and parenting women. In this program, we worked towards applying some of the skills that professional advocates use, in order to challenge negative stereotypes and public perceptions of young mothers. […]

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