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From the OJEN Blog

Bella Morina: Program Participant to Project Intern

Bella Morina has been on both sides of OJEN’s programming. As a single mother of two and full-time student in the Community and Justice Worker program at Humber College, she first encountered OJEN 7 years ago as a participant in our Family Law for Young Parents (FLYP) program. Now an OJEN Project Intern, she recently […]

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Remembering the Honourable R. Roy McMurtry

“We were very sad to hear that Ontario has lost Former Chief Justice McMurtry. Throughout his political and judicial career, Former Chief Justice McMurtry was a champion for human rights and justice. OJEN is a tangible and lasting part of his legacy of ensuring young people in Ontario understood their rights and could access the […]

PLEI program empowers youth at Ottawa’s Inuuqatigiit Center

In March, OJEN will conclude its second year of the four-year PLEI for Racialized Youth program, funded by the Department of Justice Canada’s (DOJ) Justice Partnership and Innovation Program (JPIP). The program provides culturally relevant public legal education for racialized youth in Ontario, focusing on the legal needs of youth who identify as African, Caribbean […]

Introducing the Apps for Justice Challenge

OJEN’s newest classroom program, the Apps for Justice Challenge, gives students an opportunity to apply design thinking skills to solve obstacles Ontarians may face when they encounter legal problems. In 6 one-hour-long sessions, students learn about access to justice issues and some of the technology that already exists to solve them. They are introduced to […]

Braiding Diversity into Justice – helping young women and gender diverse youth “see themselves in law”

For many young people, women and gender diverse youth in particular, a career in law may feel out of their reach. Braiding Diversity into Justice and other OJEN career modelling programs help young people of all backgrounds “see themselves in law” by introducing them to legal professionals with whom they share similar experiences. The goal […]

The 2023 bursary program: another successful year

Each year, OJEN’s bursary program offers financial assistance to 22 students in Ontario who are entering post-secondary education to pursue a career in the legal field. These bursaries are 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) […]

Together 180 program wraps up

Together 180 (T180) is OJEN’s first justice education initiative exclusively for youth in custody or on probation. It was developed and delivered with funding from the Department of Justice Canada’s Youth Justice Fund and in partnership with the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services (MCCSS) and other community partners. T180 completed its 3-year funding […]

OJEN’s 21st Annual General Meeting

On November 21st, OJEN Board of Directors, staff and special guests met at OJEN’s offices and online to celebrate our 21st year of justice education programming. 2023 was a year of change for OJEN. Many programs that had been delivered online during the pandemic, transitioned to in-person or hybrid delivery models. We piloted new programs […]

Access to Justice Week 2023 (October 23 – 27)

Access to Justice (A2J) Week is an annual initiative of The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) supported by the Law Society of Ontario and The Law Foundation of Ontario. The theme of the 2023 A2J Week was “The 10th Anniversary of the Justice Development Goals.” The nine Justice Development Goals were developed by […]

My Experience as an OJEN Justice Education Fellow: Crystal Binag

The Justice Education Fellowship (JEF) provides OJEN with the opportunity to extend in-depth public legal education (PLE) programs to high school students in various regions across Ontario. It also gives law and paralegal students training and experience in delivering PLE programs to youth. Fellowships are offered to students from each Ontario law school. In 2022, […]

Together 180: Program for Youth in Custody or on Probation

In 2020, OJEN received funding from the Department of Justice Canada’s Youth Justice Fund, to develop and pilot a justice education program for youth in custody or on probation. The program, Together 180, is nearing completion after a challenging and rewarding 3 years. OJEN staff are currently delivering this multi-session program for a second time […]

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