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FROM THE OJEN BLOG

Young Moms Impress Police Officers in OJEN Youth-Police Dialogues Program

We’ve all had something thrown at us that we weren’t expecting and we’ve had to grow up fast.  We’re doing our best to do everything.  We’re strong and we’re smart. I have a very positive perception of myself.”   – Parents Centre: Humewood House Resident   Youth-Police Dialogues at Humewood House On the evening of December […]

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Tate’s Tableaux Raises Funds for OJEN

The Herbert family established Tate’s Tableaux 5 years ago to commemorate the life of their son in a meaningful way.  Their annual event in Barrie, brings together friends and family for an evening of music and good cheer.  The proceeds are donated to OJEN’s justice education programs for youth, a cause they believe Tate would have appreciated. This year Ted and Ann Herbert attended our Annual General Meeting and presented OJEN with a cheque with proceeds from this year’s event.  Combined with donations from their friends and from OJEN stakeholders, the total came to $9,750!

Newcomer Youth Learn to Become Legal Leaders

Approximately 125 newcomer youth in Toronto developed legal leadership skills in a new OJEN program piloted between August 2017 and July 2018.   Many newcomer youth have stronger English language skills than their adult family members. This sometimes places them as trusted sources of information and interpreters for their families.  When adult family members encounter […]

Twenty Bursaries Given to Ontario High School Graduates

Twenty high school graduates started their post-secondary studies this fall with bursaries provided by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA).

Aboriginal Youth Designing a Better Justice System

Aboriginal youth are charting a new course in relations between the justice system and the communities in which they live.  In 2016, the Feathers of Hope First Nations youth forum released their report, Justice and Juries—A First Nations Youth Action Plan for Justice.  In it they shared a vision of justice that was respectful of […]

Building Positive Youth-Police Relations in Ottawa

Last summer, approximately 70 youth from four Ottawa neighbourhoods met with local police officers for an OJEN justice education program.  The purpose of the program was to open communication between police and youth in communities where tension or conflict exists. Funded by Crime Prevention Ottawa and the Law Foundation of Ontario, this year’s Changing Course: […]

Tate’s Tableaux / Tate Herbert Memorial Fund

Your donation to the Tate Herbert Memorial Fund supports OJEN’s training and work opportunities for students.  In addition, it supports the programs that inform thousands of youth about the justice system.

Profiling the New Waterloo Region Committee

The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trial Tournament (OOCMT) completed its fourth season last month, with record numbers of schools participating.  Since it was launched in 2014-2015 school year, the number of schools enrolling in the program has grown from 87 to 175.  Along with its popularity, the need for additional support at the local level, has […]

Mock Trials – Making High School Memories

Over the months of April and May, hundreds of high school students throughout the province gained a new understanding of the legal profession as they tried their hand at arguing a mock trial in courtrooms throughout Ontario.  After weeks of coaching sessions with lawyer volunteers, hours of legal research and after-school huddles with their team […]

Youth-Police Dialogues, public legal education, and social change: An interview with Mara Clarke and Jessica Reekie

This interview has been cross-posted at the PLE Learning Exchange. It has been edited for flow. As sole-purpose PLEI (public legal education and information) organizations, we are constantly wrestling with the question of what PLEI can and can’t do. We hear a lot of questions from community workers about how we can use PLEI to […]

The Killing of Colten Boushie and the Gerald Stanley Verdict

On February 9th 2018, Gerald Stanley was found not guilty by a jury in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man, on Stanley’s farm in rural Saskatchewan. Since the verdict was announced, it has been big in the news and people have questions. Here are some resources we found to help you […]

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