Youth Violence Prevention Project

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The Youth Violence Prevention Project (YVPP) in Thunder Bay and District is a five year initiative taking place from October 2018 to September 2023. This project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Preventing Gender Based Violence: The Health Perspective grant.  

Together with our school board, education authority and community partners, we are:

  • Delivering the Fourth R Program to grade 7 - 9 students in Thunder Bay and District.
  • Developing a youth-informed grade 10 booster module that will include input from youth in our community.
  • Evaluating the program and new booster to find out more about what programming works and why in a school-based setting to prevent teen dating violence.  

The Fourth R takes a youth-focused approach to promote healthy relationships and teach effective communication skills. Through the implementation of this school-based, skills-focused program, the YVPP aims to help youth develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to engage in healthy relationships and make safe(er) choices regarding sexual behaviour and substance use. 

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School Board & Education Authority Partners

Community Partners

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Pathways to Help for Youth and Caregivers

C.M.H.A. Thunder Bay Crisis Response Service 

Mental Health Telephone Crisis Intervention: 807-346-8282

District: 1-888-269-3100
It’s okay for people of all ages to call the crisis line at any time if you need to calm down, want some help getting perspective or to find out options and next steps.

Kids Help Phone

Call: 1-800-668-6868

Text: 686868


Kids Help Phone has a comprehensive website with resources on a number of topics including dating, bullying, suicide and LGBTQ2S.

Talk 4 Healing

Talk, Text, Chat: 1-855-554-HEAL

Help line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Talk4Healing offers services in English, Ojibway, Oji-Cree & Cree.
You can call the help line from anywhere in Northern Ontario.

Be Safe App

App information and download available from Mind Your Mind.

Be Safe is a mobile app that aims to help young adults make a decision about seeking help in a crisis.

For more supports and services in Thunder Bay and District, visit the Mental Health Support page.


For Further Information

Please call the Healthy Schools program at (807) 625-5900

or toll-free: 1 (888) 294-6630


Last Updated: 27/04/2022