Fall 2013 Campus Launches – Western, Guelph, Queens, Mount A, U of T, U of Ottawa. Killing it.




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JP from MTV’s 1G5G reps our Get REAL hat in heartfelt goodbye episode!


Very proud. Great episode. Short blog post.


“To My Grade 7 Self” gets replicated in Australia by Victoria Government and Youth Org “Minus 18”!

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 5.21.52 PMWe woke up to something cool this morning. And it was this:

A student organization out of Australia called Minus 18 has replicated the success of our video campaign “To My Grade 7 Self”, with a full website funded by the Government of Victoria. It’s pretty cool. We’ll let the video speak for itself. These guys do some great work down under, and we are happy that they have been able to run with our idea as well as they have!

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There’s our logo at the bottom! Respect.

Get REAL hits Glen Ames and wraps up an EXTREMELY successful first year of presentations!

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Today, Get REAL gave its last presentation of the 2012/2013 school year, and it was – fittingly – at Glen Ames, which was the first school to invite us to present to them (Western’s CYOA was our first ever presentation). Glen Ames is a favorite for us, because students make their own videos about bullying and we have the pleasure of watching them all. Man – talk about creativity beyond their years. Truly gives hope for future generations, that students are as compassionate, original, and creative as they are. And great choices in music for all of their videos – really terrific. We’d like to thank Luke Martin for inviting us back once again, and we look forward to coming back again next year. And getting a message like this is always nice!

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Get REAL & S-Trip! are officially PARTNERS! Life is good.

That’s what’s up. Get REAL on trips. Get REAL represented by S-Trip! reps. Get REAL represented in all high schools and campuses that have an S-Trip! presence. And the creativity and brainpower of a phenomenal, successful company that is full of young people who truly want to make a difference and change the world.

Could not be happier. This is the start of something special. Special thanks to Neil Duffy (University & College Coordinator); Lauren Vandervoort (Marketing Manager); Jay Hamilton (Marketing Director); Alex Handa (President), and Mike Meehan (Videographer) for his filming! And of course Andrei, Bailey, Val and everyone else for their awesome cameos.

Time to celebrate.

Western Presents to Choose Your Own Adventure (Western Youth Camp) for the second time

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Get REAL was proud to speak at Western’s Choose Your Own Adventure Camp for the second time, this Spring. Once again, the kids were great and the counsellors were awesome and welcoming! Zach Valliant & Chris Studer screened To My Grade 7 Self, and spoke to a very engaged audience. Taylor Plumb, who has volunteered as a counsellor for the past two years, noted the following great response from students:

“From my experiences volunteering the past two years, I found that his presentation was extremely beneficial for the conference and it generated a lot of questions from the students.¬†One thing that the students took from his presentation is how derogatory words such as, “fag” or “queer” can be extremely offensive even if they weren’t intended to be. As a result, anytime the conference leaders heard a student use a derogatory word, we would simply respond with, “Get Real”. I was thoroughly impressed with how effective it was and by the end of the conference, we found students telling peers to “Get Real” when they heard it- I’ve never seen attitudes change so quickly before.”

The CYOA will forever be the first time Get REAL truly achieved its goal of speaking to students. And despite a few bumps in the road with the Western Administration, it was Western students who believed in us first, and enough to trust us enough to have us speak to their kids. We will be forever grateful. Look out for a testimonial video from counsellors from the CYOA which will be released Winter of next year!