Hey everyone! We’re so excited to be back for another great year. Right now we are kicking off with recruitment for both our In-School and Regional teams.

Not sure what it’s all about or how to join? Here are a few FAQs. If this doesn’t answer your questions feel free to contact us and we’ll help you out.

Q: What is WAYVE?

A: WAYVE (Working Against Youth Violence Everywhere) is a youth-led violence prevention program created for youth, by youth. The program started after the murder of a young man named Howard Munroe. We work with a number of different schools in the area to help educate youth about violence, bullying, mental health, and other issues faced by youth. Everything we do is created by youth because we strongly believe that youth need to be involved in finding solutions to these issues.

Q: Why should I join WAYVE?

A: WAYVE is a great opportunity to make a difference in your community and school, and to address issues that youth today face every day. But WAYVE is about more than that. It’s about having your voice heard, getting to learn new things, meeting people from all over the region, becoming involved in your community, developing new skills, and having a great time while you do it! It’s also an amazing way to get those school volunteer hours finished up.

Q: What is a typical WAYVE member like?

A: I will let you in on a secret… there is no such thing as a typical WAYVE member. WAYVE members possess a number of different strengths that contribute to the success of the program. The only thing that all members have in common is the desire to make change.

Q: What is the difference between the In-School and Regional teams?

A: The In-School teams are made up of one school staff person and a number of students and are in schools across the region, in both boards. Students and staff meet, usually once a week, to come up with ideas for events that help promote safety, inclusiveness, and acceptance. These teams run things like Bullying Prevention Week, Pink Shirt Day, and Mental Health Week activities. And any number of other things you can think of.

The Regional team is made up of students from all of the different schools involved in WAYVE. We meet pretty much ever Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8:00 pm to get trained on important issues and develop a presentation on things that you think are important to learn about. Then in the spring we go to most of the local high schools and some senior elementary schools to deliver that presentation in assemblies. We also present at different conferences and community presentations.

Q: Does my school have WAYVE?

A: Right now we have teams at ECI, CHCI, Resurrection, St David, FHCI, HHSS, GRCI, KCI, Monsignor Doyle, Queensmount, Margaret Ave, Lincoln Heights, Sunnyside, and Centennial. Students from any of these schools are encouraged to apply to a team.

Don’t see your school listed? Contact us!

Q: How do I join my In-School team?

A: If you’re interested in being part of your school’s WAYVE team go and track down your In-School WAYVE advisor. It is usually the CYW or a member of guidance, but not always. The office should have that person’s name but you can send us an email if you’re having problems finding out who to talk to.

Q: How do I join the Regional team?

A: To join the Regional team you will have to fill out a short application form telling us a bit about you and then meet us for an interview so that we can get to know you. The application forms are due by October 1st, 2014. If you are selected for an interview we will come to your school, during school hours, and meet with you for about a half-hour. We’ll let you know about a week later if you have been accepted as a team member.

You can pick up a Regional Team application from your school’s WAYVE advisor  or print one off here 2014 WAYVE Application Form. Just remember to get it back to your advisor by October 1st!

Q: Do I have to be on the In-School team to be on Regional?

A: Nope. You can decide which is a better fit for you. Apply to one or both teams if you want!