|Purpose: ||Through the network that the project aims to create for young people in the neighbourhoods of Verdun and southwest Montréal, Chantier dapprentissage optimal (CHAPOP) is seeking to combat and prevent the phenomenon of violence in every form, and to provide a safer environment for girls who have experienced or witnessed violence. Project leaders plan to train and equip 30 young women by running a series of 10 workshops aimed at teaching them how to become mentors to their peers. These three-hour workshops will cover a variety of topics, and will help the participants identify risk factors and means of protection, and gain a better understanding of the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as introduce them to training in social skills, assertiveness and non-violent conflict resolution. At the end of the training, the young mentors will, in turn, help 120 girls become more aware of the strategies and attitudes that can be used to confront violence. The second phase of the project will increase awareness among boys of the consequences of violence against girls. A group of 10 boys will become role models in their community, primarily among their peers.