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Department of Justice Canada Funds Program for Youth in Custody or on Probation

Funding from the Department of Justice Canada’s Youth Justice Fund is helping the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) develop and deliver a pilot public legal education program for youth in custody or on probation. Together 180 focuses on the areas of law that most affect young people during rehabilitation and reintegration. The public legal education […]

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Cynthia Palermo – Profile of an Educator

OJEN programs and resources help me to be a better teacher.  — Cynthia Palermo. Cynthia Palermo has taught Civics and Grades 11 and 12 Law at the Dryden High School, part of the Keewatin Patricia District School Board in Northwestern Ontario, since her first day of teaching in September, 2006. Dryden High School is the […]

Call for applications: OJEN Justice Education Fellowships 2022-2023

OJEN is now accepting applications from Ontario paralegal students and law students for its Justice Education Fellowships in 2022-23. If you are a student at an Ontario college in a paralegal certificate program or an eligible law school and you have a passion for public legal education and community outreach, we encourage you to apply. Eligible schools […]

Opportunity for Diverse Young Women Interested in Law

Registration is open for Braiding Diversity into Justice, an online event for diverse young women in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. This ½ day activity takes place on March 31, 2022 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Offered by the Waterloo OJEN Committee, Braiding Diversity into Justice connects marginalized and/or racialized young women with women working in the […]

Défi de la Charte: an amazing hearing that ended with a surprise!

The final hearing of Défi de la Charte took place as planned on Monday, January 31, 2022! It was awesome and… it ended with a big surprise! See for yourself : The finalists were Winston Fournier from ESC Saint Charles Garnier in Whitby on the one hand and Gabrielle La Touche and Anna Licu from […]

Calling all educators and students: OJEN needs to hear from you!

As OJEN celebrates the accomplishments of our first 20 years, we are at the same time looking ahead to our future. As part of our strategic planning process, we are looking for input from a wide range of people who are familiar with our work. All the information we receive will help us create relevant […]

Update on school-based programming

Ontario’s education sector continues to face incredible challenges as it struggles to provide safe classroom environments for over 2 million students, teachers and support staff. School boards are scrambling to comply with Ministry of Education directives while addressing the concerns of parents, students and staff. For educators on the front lines of the school community, […]

Help us plan our next 5 years!

As OJEN celebrates the accomplishments of our first 20 years, we are at the same time looking ahead to our future. Board and staff are engaged in a rigorous strategic planning process to determine our goals and priorities leading up to our 25th anniversary in 2027. As part of this exercise, we are looking for […]

Nikisha (Niki) Browne – Profile of a Past Program Participant

“Justice education is a pillar for social change.” – Nikisha Browne Niki graduated from Cathedral High School in Hamilton in 2016.  As a student in grades 11 and 12, she participated in several of OJEN’s school-based programs including Mock Trials, Twitter Moots and Sistahs in Law: Paving the Way. While in high school, Niki wrote […]

A message from OJEN’s executive director

Dear friends of OJEN, At the end of another challenging year, it’s nice to have some good news to share.   OJEN is having a birthday! In 2022 we celebrate 20 years of building legal capability in young people. For the last two decades we’ve worked hard to form connections between people who work in the […]

Outreach programs for vulnerable youth

OJEN connects with a wide range of vulnerable youth audiences through partnerships with community organizations throughout Ontario.  Outreach programming focuses on experiential learning and providing the legal life skills to navigate common legal issues.  Ordinarily offered as in-person sessions, the Covid-19 pandemic made it necessary to re-design several existing programs and adapt them for remote […]

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