Introduction & Philosophy

LOVE began operating Halifax in January 2000 with one program and 15 youth enrolled. Since then, we have grown to serve about 200 youth every year through 8 programs. We are unique in that every youth enrolled in our programs has access to a Youth Worker and Registered Social Worker 24/7. LOVE youth are intelligent, caring, and full of potential; however, we often meet them at a time in their lives when they are disenfranchised, unhappy, or hurt.

LOVE Nova Scotia is a violence prevention and intervention organization that works with youth who have experienced violence. We address violence as something that is learned and is cyclical, working with victims, witnesses, and perpetrators. Our youth have defined violence as “anything that hurts,” which allows us to address a broad range of issues within our programs. This includes mental health issues, poverty, homelessness, involvement in the justice system, addictions, self-harm, suicidal ideation, abuse, sexual violence, bullying/cyberbullying, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and any other concerns our youth bring to our attention.

LOVE’s programs are non-judgmental, welcoming, positive, responsive, adaptable, fun, and have a family vibe.

**Could we include the inside cover/p. 2 of the Annual Report somewhere here (LOVE’s mission/ Our values). Have uploaded the full AR.