Neon means “new one” and ology means “the study of”. Why would we make up a new word? Because Neonology is meant to offer a new way of looking at ourselves and our community. The visual Neon has importance in our name as well; if someone walked into a room wearing a neon shirt, it would be hard to ignore them even if we tried. Bringing a positive light to highly disputed issues is what we want to accomplish with the messages in our workshop.
What IS Neonology!?
Neonology is an award-winning workshop developed to focus on demonstrating the power we all inherently have to stop discrimination and racism in our communities. it was developed in 2009, to create more welcoming and inclusive communities for all youth in the Greater Vancouver Area. The program has been provided and influenced over 12,000 elementary and secondary school students as well as adults in education, social work and other areas. Its anti-oppression framework aims to provide the youth and adults with the understanding the dynamics of oppression and the collective responsibility to be a part of the solution: “Be the Change You Want to See”.