Youth Forum BoothOn Wednesday, July 23rd, Herizon House had the pleasure of attending the 7th annual Ripple Effect Youth Forum at the Embassy Church in Oshawa, Ontario. The event provided young members of the Youth in Policing program as well as teens from the surrounding communities with an opportunity to learn about diversity, bullying, racism, and other unfortunately prevalent issues.

Herizon House, among other great organizations, was asked to maintain a booth relating to the work that we do and answer any questions that the teens had. To say the least, the level of interest displayed by the various youth was inspiring. Questions such as “Is domestic violence a growing issue?” and “How can I help?” were scattered throughout many kind remarks such as “Thanks for the work that you do.” Many youth that came to the Herizon House booth showed genuine concern when informed of how common the issues of domestic abuse and violence against women actually are.

It was amazing to see firsthand the younger generations so eager to be involved in their community. The Youth in Policing program and events such as the Ripple Effect Forum allow these teens an opportunity to branch out into their communities and utilize their ambition for good. It was clear, seeing the passion for positive change that these young adults possessed, that they have endlessly bright futures ahead of them.

This year marked the first that Herizon House has been a part of the event, and has hopefully started a trend of annual attendance for many years to come. We are proud to have been able to meet these passionate teens – this type of community outreach matched with the eagerness of the youth is the perfect recipe for change. Together we truly can make a difference.

Rebecca Laufer
Social Media Coordinator