Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements, to provide programming in schools during instructional time. To find programming of interest to you, search by keyword or sort the list order by clicking on any column title. (Please note: after-school programs operate through Permits.

Mad Science of TorontoScience & Technology WorkshopsThe Mad Science Workshops introduce elementary students to the wonders of science by leading interactive, in-class workshops and clubs. These workshops support students and teachers to explore science, technology and the environment and to make connections between science and the world around them. Mad Science offers 26 different, interactive workshops that enhance the Science and Technology curriculum for elementary students.
Little Red TheatreTouring Theatre for ChildrenThe Little Red Theatre produces dramatic performances using an eclectic mix of puppets, original musical scores and songs, dance and audio and visual technology. Students may participate in the actual performance or participate in the question and answer at the end. Productions are inspired by current issues, books that children love or problems that are relevant to children. Three theatre presentations are offered each school year in English, French or Bilingual. Study guides are available to further the learning before and after the presentation.
Child Development Institute (CDI)SNAP (Stop Now and Plan)The interactive workshop series is offered in the classroom to help students improve their problem-solving skills and self-control. Topics include: fair play, handling group/peer pressure, anger management, making good choices and dealing with bullying. Elementary students gain new social skills and understand how to enhance their problem-solving and mood regulation skills. They are introduced to the 'stop now, and plan' method of dealing with these issues.
Storyvalues Inc.Interactive StorytellingThe Interactive Storytelling program provides schools with a variety of assemblies and in-class workshops that explore themes of holidays, seasons, heritages and traditions. The program uses interactive storytelling and drama to enhance students’ cultural awareness, communication, creative and literacy skills. Interactive dramatization along with student participation and small group discussions allow student to explore further salient themes. The program also includes limited access to Storyvalues On-line, an online resource where students learn about folktales, art and music through games, videos and puzzles. Storyvalues On-line is available at http://www.storyvalues.com/Online/journey.html.
Griffin CentreIntensive Child and Family Services (ICFS)The Intensive Child and Family Service (ICFS) program provides an accessible service that takes place in the home, school, or community for youth whose school or home placement is at risk of breakdown due to mental health and other issues. The ICFS worker works one-one-one with the youth to support their optimal functioning based on goals from the youth’s treatment plan. ICFS may support the youth to connect to needed community resources, including other Griffin Centre services.
Regesh Family and Child ServicesRegesh High on Success and CASTThe innovative school-based programs support students to develop healthy self-esteem, decision-making, self-regulation, and interpersonal and communication skills. Students are engaged in improving their academic performance. Reconnecting Youth is delivered over 20 weeks and using small group activities, students develop new and supportive relationships that help them to be successful. The Coping and Support Training Program (CAST) is offered over 7 weeks to students. Students learn skills to increase their self-esteem, manage anger, enhance mental health and help them connect with their teachers and family.
Native Canadian Centre of TorontoIndigenize Our Minds The Indigenize Our Minds Education Outreach Program provides presentations on Indigenous culture, language and history on Turtle Island (North America). They include Anishinaabe (Ojibway, Odawa and Potawatomi), Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Metis cultural teachings including: Content Based Presentations: Anishinaabe History; Haudenosaunee History; Indigenous Treaties; Indigenous Innovation; Metis History; Pre-Contact History; Two Spirit & LGBTQ Teachings. Interactive Presentations: Medicine Wheel Teachings; Anishinaabe Clan System; Seven Grandfather Teachings; Indigenous Games; Dreamcatcher Making; Traditional Opening/Closing. Performance Based Presentations: ;Pow Wow Experience; Drumming and Singing. Our facilitators include individuals of all ages, but we do give priority to youth knowledge keepers who are passionate about educating. It is very empowering for participants to experience Indigenous culture in an educational and interactive environment that encourages reconciliation. Interested in booking a presentation? Please visit: http://ncct.on.ca/indigenize-our-minds/
Argonauts Holdings LimitedHuddle Up Bullying Prevention ProgramThe Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program conveys bullying prevention messages and impactful stories by Toronto Argonauts professional football players, chearleaders and staff members. The program includes three core components: a Player Assembly that addresses the impact the bystander has on bullying, the reasons someone bullies and possible solutions to the problem through scenarios; Student Leadership Committee Meetings that supports schools to lead the bullying prevention efforts in the school; and a Student Summit, a culminating event, for all Student Committees where students share their program successes and learn about other strategies and tools of other Committees. Optional presentations are Parent Information Session to identify and protect young people from violence and cyber bullying and Female Bullying Presentation that focuses on female-specific issues such as positive self-esteem and relationships.
South Riverdale Community Health CentreSouth Riverdale Health Clinic_CALCThe health clinic provides quality clinical and social programs and services to adult students at City Adult Learning Centre. In consultation with staff and students, low-threshold access to clinical and care coordination is available, and engages students and community partners in the development of appropriate programming with the vision to improve the lives of students facing barriers to their physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being. Core services being provided to CALC include: A weekly drop in clinic led by a Nurse Practitioner (1 day), case management by a Client Care Coordinator (2.5 days), and annual flu clinics and TB screening. Group sessions which are delivered alongside CALC staff include: Sexual health in collaboration with Biology classes, strategies in self-care such as how to eat healthy on a budget, positive parenting, and housing support in partnership with housing/settlement workers.
Breakaway Addiction ServicesHarm Reduction and Substance Use Education and Counselling The Harm Reduction and Substance Use Education and Counselling Program provides school and community-based support for students and families with substance use/addiction concerns. Breakaway staff offer expertise related to drug use, and reducing drug related harms and impacts. Services offered include individual and group counselling, assessments, class-room education and consultations, as well as parent council presentations and staff education. Services are provided from a harm reduction approach, in a supportive and non-judgemental manner.
Think Don't ShootIt Starts WithinThe entertaining presentation teaches students strategies to manage the psychological, physiological and sociological effects of violence and bullying. Students learn how to be leaders, communicate and to take control of their emotions in order to improve their emotional intelligence and resiliency. See: www.thinkdontshoot.com
San Romanoway Revitalization AssociationConnecting Bridges Educational Outreach ProgramThe Connecting Bridges Educational Outreach Program offers life skills and mentoring to students in middle schools in the Jane-Finch community. Students participate in twice weekly sessions on self-esteem, self-identity, violence prevention, problem-solving and conflict resolution, communication, assertiveness training, time management, study skills, gender relations, racism and ethnicity, substance and alcohol abuse, healthy sexuality, bullying, cyber safety, gang resistance strategies, stress management, managing emotions, family dynamics, perceptions of schooling and education, education pathways, career and employment options. Students may also receive homework help and be paired with adult mentors who work one-on-one with students to provide positive role modelling. The program includes a Family Support Program for the parents of participating students. Parents take part in bi-monthly support groups to discuss adolescent development issues, effective parenting strategies, communication skills, employment, substance use, and gang prevention. Parents may also be referred to appropriate community resources for help with housing, food security, employment and legal issues.
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab HospitalCommunication and Writing Aids ServiceThe Communication and Writing Aids Service (CWAS) program includes an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) service and a Writing Aids (WA) service. AAC provides consultative support to children in the classroom and at home when their speech does not meet their face-to-face communication needs. WA provides technological support (laptop and specialized software) to children who use natural speech as their primary means of communication, but are unable, due to a physical disability, to write with pen and paper functionally. Students who use AAC may also need a WA. Holland Bloorview CWA staff collaborate with the TDSB School Support Team (SST), including the Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational and/or Physical Therapist, Principal, and teacher to determine an appropriate AAC and/or WA system and to facilitate the mutually agreed upon system into the classroom.
COBA Collective Of Black ArtistsSankofa Dance Workshops, Seminars and PerformancesThe Collective of Black Artists (COBA) offers workshops, seminars (lecture demonstrations) and performances with a traditional West African and African Diasporic dance lens that create a comprehensive, inclusive and fun understanding of dance and improvisation. Sankofa symbolizes the artistic values that infuse all COBA educational programs. The Sankofa symbol is a mythical bird of the Akan people, that flies forward with its head turned backwards. In keeping with the values of Sankofa, COBA presents workshops and performances of dance, music, poetry and rhythm and oral histories woven together that are responsive to the present while celebrating the past.
Boost Child and Youth Advocacy CentreChild Victim Witness Support ProgramThe Child Victim Witness Support program helps prepare children and youth to testify in criminal court. BOOST staff meets with students at their school in order to explain what they can expect during the court proceedings and helps students understand more fully the criminal justice system.
Magician Toronto Inc.Anti Bullying and Confidence Building Magic Show School Assembly The “Bully Me No More” Magic and Illusion Show is an hour long professional magic show, embedded with a Clear Anti-Bullying message. Through Professional Magic and “ Vegas Style” Illusions, students will be engaged in discussion and presentation on : • Identifying Bullying • Coping Strategies • Effective ways to Combat Bullying • Cyberbullying. Professional Magician/Illusionist Coby also talks about his personal story of being bullied as a child and how magic helped him overcome the bullying. There are 2 versions of the show: The first one is targeted to Grades K-4, which focuses on Physical and Verbal Bullying, and the 2nd version has more of a focus on Cyberbullying and confidence building. Materials are also provided to teachers for follow-up discussions in the class.
Victim Services TorontoT.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World Teens Ending Abusive Relationships (T.E.A.R.™) workshop equips youth with the tools, knowledge and resources to navigate the digital world and make informed healthy relationship choices both online and in person. T.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World’s goal is to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives and their community. Topics include: Intimate partner violence; Cyberviolence including: cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyber sexual harassment, sextortion, luring; Online rights; Dating rights; Consent; Creating a positive digital footprint; Digital leadership; Online safety tips; Healthy intimate relationships and friendships; Warning signs of unhealthy and potentially abusive relationships' Where and how to get help.
Epilepsy TorontoTeaching Awareness Through PuppetryTeaching Awareness Through Puppetry uses lively educational puppetry shows, with life size puppets, to teach students and staff about disabilities and differences. The performances include themes of social inclusion from the perspective of a variety of disabilities, medical conditions (i.e. epilepsy, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy), and mental health & well-being. Sessions are 15 minute performances with life-size puppets followed by Q&A debriefing discussion with students about what they saw and learned. Teachers receive materials with activities to use with their students in their classrooms to reinforce the learning.
Trevor BrownProfessional Learning Mathematics Seminars Teachers enhance and further develop their knowledge and skills in mathematics. An experienced facilitator, Trevor Brown, provides effective teaching strategies, sound pedagogy and practical classroom strategies to promote student success in math. Teachers learn how to design effective lesson plans and assessments.
Facing History and Ourselves Facing History: Professional Learning WorkshopsTailored hands-on teacher professional development workshops draw on an extensive collection of engaging, multidisciplinary, classroom-ready resources, academic scholarship and student-centered teaching strategies that foster students’ historical thinking skills and knowledge, ethical reasoning, empathy, self-efficacy and civic engagement. Contemporary texts on identity and membership, to case studies on the Holocaust, American Civil Rights, and Canada’s colonial past, the Indian Residential Schools, TRC and reconciliation efforts fit well into an English/Language Arts, History and Social Science classroom and beyond. Our model helps teachers to help their students make the essential connections between human behaviour, historical instances of prejudice, racism, and religious intolerance, and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. In a whole school context, Facing History’s professional learning can enable schools and classrooms to take issues of culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy, inclusion, equity and reconciliation seriously, and the tools to address these issues confidently.
One Voice One Team Youth Leadership OrganizationSWOLE ProgramSWOLE stands for self-respect, work hard, overcome adversity, lead by example and excellence. Students learn these 5 principles of leadership to make positive changes in their lives. Interactive sessions enhance students’ skills in leadership, anti-bullying, peer mediation, and community building. Students also learn practical strategies on identifying and developing clear action plans to achieve their goals. Through a variety of activities that include self-reflection exercises, discussions, physical activities and mentor storytelling, students enhance leadership and life skills. Additional workshops may be scheduled to further enhance the learning.
The STEPS InitiativeSTEPS.StudioSustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Spaces (STEPS) Initiative provides art workshops to engage the school community in the collaborative production of an environmentally-themed public art installation. Facilitators help students explore public space and urban design issues facing their communities and issues of social and environmental impact. Students learn real-world design considerations, how public spaces can be improved upon and environmentally sound solutions. Using a variety of art mediums and techniques, students design and produce a public artwork that serves function, aesthetics and that celebrates the community.
Success Beyond LimitsSuccess Beyond Limits Summer Credit Support Supports and activities that include youth-to-youth peer mentorship engage Grade 8 students who are enrolled in a Continuing Education summer course that nurtures a successful transition into secondary school. For students in Learning Centre 2, these curriculum enhancement activities inspire and assist them to improve their educational outcomes, expand possibilities, and provide support to expand their individual paths to success.
Success Beyond LimitsSuccess Beyond Limits School Year ProgramSuccess Beyond Limits School Year Program works with students at Westview Centennial Secondary School to facilitate Mentorships and peer-to-peer support opportunities through scheduled sessions and drop-in activities. It provides students with community, social and career connections to events, organizations, conferences and other projects beyond school to support their personal and academic development in the community. It engages all grades, with a particular emphasis on encouraging participation from Grade 9 & 10 students. Grade 10 students who continue as participants to gradually assume mentoring roles as they progress into Grade 11 & 12. Specific student leadership sessions are designed to train students for peer-to-peer mentoring roles. Homework help, food and recreational activities are also scheduled outside of the instructional day.
Peace by PEACEBuilding Skills in Conflict ResolutionStudents will learn to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts in positive ways in their lives, schools and communities. Using games, activities, and critical discussions, the program engages students and provides them with practical conflict resolution techniques. Students enhance their effective communication, negotiation and critical thinking skills. Topics include: skills for exploring and resolving conflict; effective communication; appreciating diversity; inner power/self-esteem; dealing with bullying and cyberbullying; thinking critically about the media; community building. Program is offered in French and bilingual classes.
Shakespeare In ActionInteractive ShakespeareStudents will experience Shakespeare and drama in fun, new, and accessible ways in these experiential performing arts workshops for elementary, middle, and high-school students. Workshops include ESL Shakespeare, Masterclass (English focus), Page to Stage (Drama focus), Shakespeare Rap, and Future Shakespeare (where students experience a play in a single classroom period). Professional actor-educators show how to discover, analyze, and reimagine the meanings of language as students engage in interactive language exercises, group translation, and storytelling activities in order to decode Shakespearean text and remove the language barrier often associated with his works. Professional learning is available. SHSM workshops for the Arts and Culture Specialty are also available.
Excel2wellness ConsultingCalled to be Strong: Building Resilience Through LiteracyStudents will discover the adventures of reading, practise the art of storytelling and public speaking and learn strategies for greater achievement. Workshop themes include: understanding the reading process, making reading a daily habit, the role of reading and mental wellness, confidence building strategies, practical exercises for storytelling and public speaking, developing good writing techniques, and strategies to achieving personal success. These workshops provide resiliency through literacy in order to build confidence and positive self-worth in students.
Child Development Institute (CDI)Intensive Comunity and Home ServicesStudents served are uniquely those who are already CDI clients in this treatment alternative to residential placement for high risk latency age children, who demonstrate severe levels of externalizing behaviours such as aggression and defiance. Individualized treatment plans are developed by CDI with parents/guardians, TDSB Principal, Teacher, SST (as required). Plans could include weekly group programming as well as individual supports, and wraparound appointments in the clients’ home and community environments.
Culture Shock Canada CharityFeel the Beat: Urban Dance WorkshopsStudents practice urban dance skills, using a creative outlet to develop self-confidence and self-expression. Students learn different styles of urban dance (funk, Hip Hop, house, breaking, locking, waacking), their historical context and origins, movement vocabulary through dance fundamentals, and reflect on how body diversity positively contributes to the art. Instructors use pedagogy that allows for holistic expression and exploration of various emotions, thoughts and conceptions. Workshop encourages vitality, sense of self, well-being and community-building. Workshop series are available for instructors to coach students in learning a choregraphed dance routine, culminating in a presentation. Professional development is available to staff. Resources and in-class activities can be provided.
Niko SofianosFIT HOPStudents' Physical Literacy is enhanced with these workshops that fuse music, spoken word poetry and movement to provide an interactive dance-based fitness program. Students are engaged in individual and group exercises that teach kinesthetic awareness (personal space), mindfulness through breathing and proper postural alignment in exercise. Program uses rhythm and rhyme, song and spoken word poetry to aid students in remembering the dance sequence. At the end of the workshop, students will have an opportunity to showcase their learning in a dance circle. Professional learning workshops are available. FIT HOP is an acronym for functional integrative training and health optimization program.
ThriveKidsFit.Focus.FearlessStudents participate in 20 minutes each of body, mind, and character activities in order to develop confidence, self-reliance, healthy life skills and habits. The 20/20/20 Circuit™, three- part program allows students to manage their bodies from head to toe through the following components: 1. vigorous exercise to release excess energy and endorphins while enhancing executive function, concentration and engagement; 2. life skills activity that incorporate creativity and play while teaching social interaction skills; 3. mindfulness activity to manage thoughts, emotions and self-regulation. Facilitators provide tools and techniques that can be incorporated in every day scenarios. A teacher resource is provided for teachers to continue incorporating the lessons with their students.
Young Yogis TorontoBreathe-Stretch-Rest-RepeatStudents learn yoga, mindfulness and playful movement. Students practise yoga poses and movement, meditation techniques, and learn effective tools for coping with stress and emotional upset. Each class contains breathing exercises, playful postures, yoga games, and relaxation. Classes touch on aspects of mindfulness, providing students with simple, yet effective tools for coping and thriving in a fast-paced world. The workshop also gives students an opportunity to develop body awareness and coordination in a safe and supportive environment.
Liz PearsonFood, Body Image and Mental HealthStudents learn strategies that promote a healthier body image and relationship with food. Presentations for students, staff and parents focus on the effects of food on one’s mental and physical health and well-being. Sessions provide practical tips for making beneficial food choices, what foods protect health, how to read food labels and ingredient lists, as well as a format for discussion on how the media (including social media), family, and friends can affect our body image.
Harmony Yoga WellnessMindfulness in Movement Students learn self-awareness, self-regulation and coping skills so they are able to recognize stressful situation and understand how physical movement and activity supports their mental health and well-being. Students learn yoga and mindfulness techniques that can be used to enhance health and physical education classes. The program incorporates yoga movements, guided meditations, breathing exercises, play based games, mindfulness exercises, and sound therapy.
En'tyce Your Beauty - NaturallyBe-You-tiFul: Holistic Health & Wellness SeriesStudents learn practical tips and strategies on food choices at the grocery store, how to eat healthy on a budget, how to read food labels, how to distinguish which foods optimize health and decrease the risk of disease, as well as the dangers of toxic ingredients in personal care products. Topics include: Food, Water & The Body 101, Understanding those Food Labels, GMO's & The Dangers, Power in Drinking Your Greens, Loving Me Unconditionally (Part 1 & 2), How to Eat Healthy on Budget, Growing Food 101 Budget, Toxic Ingredients in Personal Care Products. Presentation educates students on healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices to increase students' self-esteem, physical and emotional well-being.
ModernDay YogaMind, Body, SoulStudents learn powerful and accessible tools to help them deal with anxiety, stressors and mental health struggles through the practice of yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Students will be able to create self-regulation (mind), self-awareness (body), and self-love (soul) and build connections between all three. Workshop will focus on the power of their breath, guided meditation and practising yoga poses and movements in this fun, accessible and physical yoga practice to improve mental health.
MADD CanadaSmartWheelsStudents learn about the harmful risks associated with alcohol and drug use and impaired driving in a mobile and accessible 36-seat RV classroom. Presentation features videos about the effects of alcohol and substance use such as cannabis. Students put on virtual reality googles to see how it looks and feels to drive while impaired, respond to multiple-choice questions and participate in decision-making scenarios about impaired driving. Presentation will not only increase awareness about the consequences of impaired driving but also influence responsible decision-making and teach safety strategies. Program may be delivered in French.
Toronto Search and Rescue-Marine (T-SAR)Water and Boating Safety PresentationStudents in Grades 2 and 6 learn water and boating safety essentials: different types of life jackets and boats, essential equipment, emergency preparedness and trip planning. Powerpoint presentation incorporates visual aids and videos, takeaway workbooks and the opportunity to try on real life jackets.
The Mosaic InstituteNext GenerationStudents have an opportunity to learn and feel confident in their ability to be become effective social agents and active citizens, locally, nationally and internationally. The following themes are covered: identity and privilege, prejudice and discrimination, citizenship and social action. This free program highlights the contributions that different diaspora communities have made to Canada's social fabric and sheds light on identity issues and solutions, especially those that students face within their own environment. Students develop social action projects as a tangible act of local and global citizenship which culminates in a presentation to social leaders for feedback. Program can be customized to suit a school's needs and program can be a one-time workshop or as a full 4 day program.
Lorena Santin-AndradeTextile Art and DesignStudents experiment and explore with textile art and creative design in these highly engaging workshops which give a glimpse of the textile industry's multidisciplinary design process. Through sketching, marker illustration, photography, Photoshop, and sewing, students learn the textile process by creating their own designs to have digitally printed and sewn by them into sustainable and usable keepsake textile products. Facilitated by an artist in the textile, fashion, and design industries, these workshops ignite the creative sparks that give students a voice to express what cannot be said with words.
New Tradition MusicAfro-Indigenous Colombian DrummingStudents engage in highly interactive workshops and performance to promote cross-cultural understanding of Afro-Indigenous Colombian music. Facilitators demonstrate rhythms and sounds using a variety of different percussion instruments, narrate the history of the traditional musical style Música de Gaita and share how the music has evolved into present day. Workshops with Ruben “Beny” Esguerra develop students’ drumming technique, sound development, communication skills and work on repertoire as an ensemble. Performances by New Tradition Music ensemble demonstrate the evolution of the traditional styles of Latin American music into today’s musical context including fusing elements of Hip Hop urban culture, beat boxing, body percussion, break dancing and spoken word. For a more enriching experience, workshops and culminating performance can be scheduled on the same day.
Plan International CanadaGender Equality Workshops Students develop their understanding of barriers young people around the world, especially girls, face in accessing their rights, and learn about programs and initiatives that break down these barriers. Issues are examined in non-binary, inclusive frameworks. Gender inequality unfortunately remains prevalent around the world- despite the many strides that have been made. The Speakers Bureau is a network of young people from around Canada who attend monthly workshops, to develop public speaking skills and gain a deeper understanding of how gender equality intersects with global issues. Speakers Bureau members actively promote gender equality through speaking engagements hosted in their communities. To learn more, visit: plancanada.ca/speakers-bureau
Sugu World Inc.Drone Development & DesignStudents design, build, and develop drones in this program that integrates computer engineering technology with an up-to-date and relevant approach to robotics, electronics, and programming. Facilitated by aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers, airline pilots, and certified drone pilots, students engage both creatively and technically in the design, assembly, and implementation and programming of drones for takeoff and flight. In addition, students also examine how to successfully integrate drone technology into our current world, and how these technologies can benefit humanity. Students receive a drone after program completion.
V-Learn Inc.Echo Learning's Digital Music ExperienceStudents create their own musical song in this accessible workshop on digital music production. Facilitators cover song structure, elements of sound design, composition of melody, and use of a digital technological tool. Hands-on exercises at each stage help students to practise what they've learned and discover how to use the tool themselves to create desired sounds. Students compose their own unique drum patterns, instrument effects, and melodies to create their own original song or remix. Professional learning to staff are also available.
Studiostone CreativeSoapstone Carving Students are provided a pre-cut soapstone animal shape and are guided through a step-by-step carving process. Using the subtractive carving method, students understand the process of creating something by removing material. The carving is done using water to eliminate dust. The workshop enhances curriculum in art and sculpture; Indigenous / Inuit culture; and, rocks and minerals. Soapstone is a metamorphic stone that is very soft and varies greatly in colour. The animal shapes have significance in the Inuit culture.
Starts With Me Inc.State of MindStudents are invited to participate in a guided meditation as preparation for the discussion on the stigmas associated with mental health, the warning signs of someone's mental health, and the recovery and well-being available to those seeking support. The presentation of the topic in general merges with a lived-experience story from one who is living with a mental illness or has personal experience in the world of mental health. A Q&A session facilitated to protect anonymity completes the hour, where questions submitted in writing or on blank papers are read and answered. This provides students and staff the opportunity to ask questions that they may not feel comfortable asking out loud. Professional Support Service staff associated with the Mental Health Strategy and/or the school in which the presentation is scheduled are present for these sessions, to assist teacher, partner and class, as needed. Following the presentation, students are encourage to create an art piece reflective of what they have learned and/or in response to the session. Schools can choose whether or not to participate in the State of Mind Youth Mental Health Festival each spring; and students can choose whether to submit their art pieces for display at the offsite festival.
The Flight Power FoundationFlightunit Careers Awareness Students are exposed to industry professionals and careers in multiple areas through conferences and workshops to increase student success and career exploration. Professionals from various industries lead sessions to provide specific information from sectors that include Music, Art & Culture, Health, Sports & Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Trades, Business & Advertising, Health Care, Learning Skills, Sciences and Pharmaceutical Industry. Skills being developed are career decision making, conducting research, problem solving, personal learning strategies, and networking with industry leaders. Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (ICE) training and SHSM certification are also available.
Peacebuilders International (Canada)Restorative SchoolsStudents and staff are trained in restorative justice techniques through “Peacebuilding Circles”. The program, based on conflict resolution and consensus building principles, uses a group dialogue methodological approach. Circle components include: Peacebuilding dialogues as a way to intervene in/manage conflict ; Facilitating the program so that staff and students can lead circles in the future; mentoring the school's "Peace Club". Peacebuilders Canada also provides a justice diversion program with extrajudicial measures. For referred students only, this program provides weekly peer-to-peer meetings; mediation; intervention circles; one on one supports; and, conflict resolution strategies. These activities occur as scheduled, in order to negotiate meaningful ways for youth referred from the justice system to repair the harm caused by their actions.
Ian BrownThe Lighter Side Of Mental HealthStudent life can be stressful and demanding. With just the right amount of humour, this presentation encourages students to challenge the stigma around mental illness and creates an awareness of mental health through the dynamic use of comedy, interactive demonstrations and storytelling. Throughout the presentation students become aware of the skills necessary for increasing their resilience, managing stress and are equipped with the terminology to speak up about their mental health needs. Key professional and social resources for reaching out when in need are also discussed.
SAFE InternationalPersonal Safety Training Strategies to avoid violence that address the physical, psychological and emotional elements of self-defense are learned by grades 7 - 12 students through these workshops. Students learn and practice the skills and knowledge of the "3 R’s": Recognize, React, and Respond. The first and foremost skill is "R, Recognize". It means that recognizing potentially dangerous situations is always the first and most important step and tool in self-defense. While no one skill is guaranteed to protect students from harm, these workshops are designed to provide tips, skills and knowledge that can dramatically increase their abilities to stay safe.
B Current Performing Arts Co.Anti-Oppression, Black History and StorytellingStorytelling is used as a tool for expression and resilience in these workshops for racialized youth. Workshop topics include the body including gender identity, body awareness, consent, movement and choreography; language by understanding the structure of the story; and community building by giving space and voice to those who are oppressed and acknowledging issues and ways to move forward with solutions. Using current popular culture, experienced facilitators assist students to find truth in their own literary voice through acting and writing exercises and/or short action scene development. Professional development is also available for staff.
Alyssian Entertainment CorporationStomp the Floor: Metis Cultural WorkshopsStomp the Floor: Metis Music and Culture Workshops and Performances are offered in French and English. Elementary students learn the basics of Métis identity, culture and history through music with fiddle, songs, interactive activities, and storytelling. Topics include: Aboriginal fiddling across Canada, intro to Aboriginal People of Canada; fur trade and voyageur history, songs and artefacts (sash, beadwork, cuisine); Red River rebellion and Louis Riel history; Métis kitchen party: fiddle, Red River jigging, spoons and clogging; Voyageur Songs in English and French. Secondary students are introduced to Métis identity, culture, history and politics through music, art and dance and interactive discussions. Topics include the proper ways of approaching enculturation and collaboration with Indigenous cultures; Métis artistic characteristics, symbols, policies and leaders.
Child Development Institute (CDI)Start Right Social Skills Start Right Social Skills is a prevention program for children in kindergarten who are having difficulty adjusting to the everyday requirements of regular classrooms. Sessions focus on coaching, empowering and supporting children to learn, practice and model appropriate social skills through small group interaction. Group Activities include child role plays; puppet role plays; crafts; puppet shows; social skill games; activity books/journals; stories and reading. Skills emphasized in the program are; attention and focus building; listening to others; following directions; responding to peers and adults; expressing ideas, feelings and needs; problem-solving.
Natalia Riajskikh (Mindful Bodies)Yoga, Mindfulness & WellnessStaff and students learn self-regulation, focus and stress-resiliency skills in order to reduce stress and boost mindfulness. Weekly sessions or workshops teach movement and mindfulness techniques, the latest research in the field of neuroscience, mindfulness and psychology, as well as providing tools and effective strategies to reduce stress. Available to all students and professional development workshops can be arranged.
The Umbrella Effect Inc.The Umbrella ProjectSimilar to an umbrella protecting us from the rain, a collection of well-being skills can protect us from times of calm and stress. This workshop teaches a collection of skills that form emotional well-being: empathy, gratitude, self-compassion, purpose, resiliency and developing a growth mindset. Through lessons, videos, group discussion, personal reflection and observation of the world around them, students learn real life applications of each skill and gain deeper insight into why these skills are essential. Workshops may be offered in French and parent presentations are available.
Shoestring OperaOpera for Kids in SchoolsShoestring Opera offers musical theatre performances of adapted classic operas, presented in an exuberant, child-friendly format with an emphasis on storytelling and musical excellence. All productions are available in English and bilingual ( French - English) formats. Every performance includes a study guide for classroom activities which is tied to curriculum expectations of character education, drama, language, music social studies and visual arts. All performances conclude with a Question and Answer period guided by the cast. Performers include young professional opera singers, a pianist and a cellist. All study guides are available online at http://shoestringopera.com/studyguides.html
Across U-hubSHARP Student Leadership DevelopmentSHARP Student Leadership Development programming supports students of East Asian descent and International Students' mental health and well-being, through developing their leadership and communication skills. Programming includes weekly group sessions as scheduled for a period of time each semester; individualized supports; day trips and student leadership camp. All SHARP activities use peer and adult mentors to engage students in conversation and expressions of Self-awareness; Hope; Appreciation of cultures; Resilience and Peer network.
Shakespeare CanadaShakespeare for Kids School TourShakespeare Canada is a non-profit, professional theatre company whose mission is to provide an inspiring and unforgettable theatre experience for students of all ages. Employing an innovative production staff and dynamic actors, we perform Shakespeare's timeless themes in a contemporary voice. Our versions of the classic Shakespeare plays are adapted to modern English for an easier understanding of the play by students of all ages. Productions and scheduling vary each year. Updated information is available at www.shakespearecanda.com
Forever YogaMindful MovementSessions led by a certified yoga therapist combine a science based exploration of the body, mind and the self with the system of yoga to support and enhance learning, health and personal responsibility. Mindful Movement serves to help children be physically fit, aware of self and others and develop confidence. Using pedagogy that has participants integrate movement and breath to strengthen, align and balance the body, focus the mind and soothe and recharge the nervous system. Students learn how to move gracefully, breathe smoothly and deeply and sustain their focus and concentration whilst developing strength, flexibility, balance, mental clarity and emotional stability.
David BouchardDavid Bouchard PresentationsSessions by renowned Metis author, David Bouchard, inspire, educate and animate the power of reading and stories. David facilitates Canada's Truth & Reconciliation, Calls to Action. Through First Nations stories and Native flutes, poetry and writing, this champion of reading and literacy; and advocate for youth teaches and inspires students, educators and parents. In April 2009, David was named as a Member of the Order of Canada. In Oshawa, in 2012, the David Bouchard Public School opened its doors. In 2017, David was honoured with an Honorary Doctoral of Law degree by Queen's University.
Catholic Crosscultural ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.
Centre for Immigrant&Community ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.
CultureLink Settlement and Community ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.
North York Community HouseSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.
TNO - The Neighbourhood OrganizationSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.
Licensed To Learn Inc. (L2L)L2L Peer to Peer Tutor Training and CertificationSelected elementary and secondary students are trained to help their peers improve their grades through fifteen weekly one-on-one peer tutoring. Student 'peer leaders' are granted certification after successful completion of the L2L training that includes topics such as goal setting, learning styles, multiple intelligences, good study habits, and ways to improve note taking and time management skills. An L2L Trainer is assigned to each participating school to train students and ensure that each participating student is successful.
Sean MauricetteL.I.F.T. - Laying Important Foundations TogetherSean Mauricette raps, beat-boxes and speaks in this interactive motivational presentation on bullying, peer pressure, leadership, respect and the importance of laying a foundation in education. Students learn to set goals, the importance of education, respect self and reach for their personal best. The presentation focuses on leadership, education, steering clear of peer pressure and negative influences, creating and seizing opportunities, redefining success and the importance of trying. A question & answer and musical performance that involve student participation will follow each talk.
Team UnbreakableTeam UnbreakableSchools interested in establishing a running club to focus on mental health and stress-reduction techniques receiving professional learning sessions and support. Programming with students operates with designated school staff who have received professional learning, Team Unbreakable staff or volunteers, and parent volunteers (as per design of clubs by each local school). Additional resources are found online at at www.teamunbreakable.ca/forms/lessons.
Nara Women's University SS, JapanSchool to School Reciprocal ExchangeSchool to School reciprocal exchanges deepen students and staff international understanding of culture, language and education systems. Learning resources are also shared between educators from both schools.
University of CalgaryMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
York UniversityMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
Boost Child and Youth Advocacy CentreRelationship Skills Violence Prevention (RSVP)RSVP provides Professional Learning sessions to enhance staff support for young women who have experienced, or who are considered at risk of experiencing, violence in a personal relationship. The program is intended to prevent victimization and to assist youth to develop the skills needed to form and maintain healthy relationships.This psycho-educational Professional Learning session also builds the knowledge and expertise of caring adults in "Trauma-Informed Schools".
Canadian Education Exchange FoundationReciprocal Student Exchanges Reciprocal, individualized, international student exchanges, for students in grades 10 & 11, focuses on language learning, cultural understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, self-awareness and lasting personal contacts. For the 2 or 3 month exchanges, students apply in one school year and both components of the reciprocal exchange take place during the next school year. TDSB students host a visiting student in the fall and then travel overseas in the following spring. Visiting students stay with and attend school with the host student. All exchange agency registration documents, including parent/guardian permissions to participate in all school activities as per procedures of the host family's school board, are provided to TDSB Schools by host families when registering the visiting student as a guest at the school. Students from each country remain on the registry of their home school. Host teachers comment on the attendance, effort and participation of the visiting student and provide the visiting student with a copy of this report before the student returns home. Ministry of Education guidelines for reciprocal student exchanges are followed as per the Ministry of Education document ‘Enrolment Register Instructions for Elementary and Secondary Schools’.
International Student Exchange - OntarioReciprocal Student Exchanges Reciprocal, individualized, international student exchanges, for students in grades 10 & 11, focuses on language learning, cultural understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, self-awareness and lasting personal contacts. For the 2 or 3 month exchanges, students apply in one school year and both components of the reciprocal exchange take place during the next school year. TDSB students host a visiting student in the fall and then travel overseas in the following spring. Visiting students stay with and attend school with the host student. All exchange agency registration documents, including parent/guardian permissions to participate in all school activities as per procedures of the host family's school board, are provided to TDSB Schools by host families when registering the visiting student as a guest at the school. Students from each country remain on the registry of their home school. Host teachers comment on the attendance, effort and participation of the visiting student and provide the visiting student with a copy of this report before the student returns home. Ministry of Education guidelines for reciprocal student exchanges are followed as per the Ministry of Education document ‘Enrolment Register Instructions for Elementary and Secondary Schools’.
Urban Rez Solutions Inc.The R.E.A.L. SchoolReality Education Applied Life Skills (R.E.A.L.) program provides students in grades 7 and 8 with life and social skills required to ensure measurable positive impact. Male role models and mentors facilitate pop culture-based activities and model successful life skills. The delivery method consists of interactive dialogue, role play, video, breakout sessions, guest speakers, team exercises, portfolio documentation and final presentation in a pop-up production model. Students learn the guiding principles of the 7 C's - conscious choice, change, curiosity, courage, challenge, commitment and communication to expose individuals to their own potential.
Griffin CentreReachOUTReachOUT is a creative, inclusive and accessible program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, questioning and two-spirited (LGBTTQQI2S) youth. The program provides individual, family and group services, as well as educational workshops and events. It provides enhanced opportunities for youth engagement projects in selected schools, such as supporting the development and maintenance of Gay-Straight Alliances in those schools.
Prologue to the Performing ArtsPrologue ProgrammingPrologue represents and promotes a select group of professional artists and companies to provide live performing arts workshops and performances in music, dance, theatre, puppetry, opera and storytelling. Programming may be offered in French, and professional learning sessions are available for staff. Prologue performances are intended to function as learning tools to complement school curriculum. Students explore creative expression and cross-cultural connections which are meaningful in their lives through different arts disciplines. Teachers will also receive study guides and resource materials accompanying each performance. Prologue's roster of artists for the current year can be viewed at http://www.prologue.org.
Project Give BackProject Give Back Project Give Back aims to develop empathy, build acceptance and ignite community minded students. Students select a social issue that is of importance to them and learn how to engage others to become interested in the cause. Over a series of sessions, students research a charity, role play calling the charity, prepare a written and oral report of their findings, and organize a “fun-raiser” (mock fundraiser). Technology is utilized in presentations prepared by students as a medium for enhancing organizational, research, and communication skills. Project Give Back invites guests into the classroom to speak about work in which they are involved to make social change.
Ontario Tennis AssociationProgressive Schools TennisProgressive Schools Tennis provides professional learning sessions, and in-class workshops that introduce students and staff to “Progressive Floor Tennis”, using a small mobile net, sponge balls and graduated length junior racquets with follow up visits by tennis coaches.
Canadian Parents for French (Ontario)Engaging Parents & Supporting FSLProgramming supports are provided to students, parents, families and educators to enhance French as a second language (FSL) learning. Informative workshops, socio-cultural performances and events are available as scheduled. Programming is offered in French and English, with Bilingual facilitators.
Youth Wellness NetworkYouth Wellness LeadersProgramming in a school begins with an assembly, and then follows-up with workshop sessions for selected student leaders or classes. Students’ mental health and well-being is enhanced through learning and sharing in a six module training that includes deepening students' understanding of mindfulness, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, conscious choice making, leadership, taking action: goal-setting. Each session focuses on developing daily practices and strategies that can boost self-esteem and confidence as well-being leaders.With sessions on How to Become Your Own Best Friend, and The Power of Your Choice, student wellness leaders gain knowledge and skills on how to create and sustain a culture of wellness in their school. Professional learning presentations, and parent workshops are also available for staff teams or parent councils.
Canadian Tamil Youth Development CentreCanTYD Programs for Tamil YouthProgramming and services for Tamil Canadian secondary students fosters student leadership and student engagement opportunities, as well as providing connections for students and their families to culturally specific Tamil resources in the community. Weekly programming of presentations and workshops use the arts, group discussion, and recreation activities to engage students in topics and issues of their choosing. CANTYD staff are also available during instructional time, as requested by TDSB staff and students to provide particular equity supports.
Inspired Initiatives Inc. Innovation & Creativity LabsProgram provides students with the skills and training to solve problems in their school and/or community. Students learn Innovation & Design Thinking process, how to use empathy to identify needs, how to effectively generate new ideas and solutions, build prototypes and testing and communicate their ideas through a pitch. Students then contextualize their learning by applying this knowledge to a real-world problem. Professional learning, "Navigating The Future of Work", is also available for staff. SHSM opportunities are available.
Human Moves Inc.Accessible Mini Ping Pong Program is suitable for all grades and abilities. It provides specially designed tables, racquets and ping pong pickup tools, targets and containers of different size. Students learn ball movements, direction control, deflection, bounce control, catching and targeting. Progression moves to racquet and ball timing. As students get more advanced, students learn rally challenges with others, 50 rally challenge, forehand/backhand rally switching providing foundation skills. All participants are given achievable motivational challenges according to their abilities. The design of equipment is wheelchair friendly and can accommodate a wide spectrum of disabilities including movement disorders and cognitive challenges.
Make It HappenGateway 2 AdulthoodProgram enhances pro-social behaviour and life-skills for black, underserved, and/or marginalized students in grades 8-12 to actualize and realize their potential. Facilitated by Karim Grant, the program provides positively-influenced topics such as violence intervention, anger replacement training, stress management, media literacy, goal-setting and peer/group mentoring. Karim Grant connects with youth and shares his lived and learned experience. At the end of the program, students better identify triggers, learn coping skills and decrease acts of aggression, anger and violence to focus on enhancing social skills necessary for positive and healthy relationships.
Malvern Family Resource CentreHealthy StartProgram develops social and life skills for at-risk and newcomer students at Lester B. Pearson C.I. Sessions use group work, discussion groups, and interactive games that focus on topics such as restorative justice, self-advocacy, capacity building, and self-esteem. Students engage in activities that encourage them to work collaboratively, both in-school and in the community. Program also offers peer mentorship and leadership opportunities for older students.
Marianne DerowThe Art of Healthy SingingProfessional voice artist mentor provides information about the music industry and imparts professional singing skills to students. Sessions enhance vocal and performance technique. Students learn how the mechanics of producing sound works, and the proper use and care of the voice to maximize one's sound. Through a variety of styles of music and repertoire, students enhance their understanding and practise of vocal music.
Roseneath TheatreRoseneath Theatre Touring ProductionsProfessional theatre performances and tailor-made workshops support character education, arts curriculum connections, and social justice for young audiences. Roseneath Theatre produces 3-5 performances per year that feature a particular theme and focus, written by recognized playwrights from across Canada. A study guide comprises each performance, providing classroom activities, resources, as well as pre and post-show questions. Following each performance, a scripted question and answer session with the cast explores current topics and issues to critically analyze the concepts brought forth, building connections that relate to health and well-being and our relationship with ourselves and with others. Productions for the current year can be found at www.roseneath.ca.
Kerry GageMusical Theatre Talk & ChoreographerProfessional musical theatre performing artist and choreographer mentors secondary students in LC4 to provide information on the theatre industry and theatre expectations they can anticipate in the professional field of the performing arts. Students engage in developing new techniques including drama and choreography, styles of movement, dance and performance skills in large ensembles.
Justice(retired) Lloyd Michael BudzinskiTips in Teaching LawProfessional Learning Sessions are provided in an 'open discussion' format with law and civics teachers, at schools or central sites, as scheduled, to better understand how our Justice System is administered and works. Rather than a mere set of rules, it reflects social interests and values which are important to understand in a multi-cultural society. The rules are only part of the story. What we forget is The Conventions or traditions established by the parties in the Justice System that are not taught in schools are as critical in understanding the rules as the rules themselves. Teachers who understand or have a feeling for this – “Jurisprudence” -- are better equipped to teach the Law.
Learning for a Sustainable FutureProfessional Learning for a Sustainable FutureProfessional learning sessions are available in transformative, ecological education through inquiry and other strategies in support of a more sustainable future.Topics Include • Authentic Inquiry • Finding Curriculum in Nature • Student Engagement and Empowerment through Community Projects • Climate Change • Using Film-making to Enhance Authentic Inquiry and Project-based Learning • Transformative Practices for School Administrators. For combined staff and student audiences, one hour workshops to jump-start classroom "action projects" are available. Topics for these sessions include: Getting started with your climate change project.Electricity Conservation & YOU: Performing an energy audit; No Idling at School: Organizing a campaign to reduce emissions; Food for Thought: Growing local food to reduce food miles; Action Projects: How To.
Angela TuroneVocal Jazz Talk and PerformanceProfessional jazz performing artist mentors students and provides information on the professional jazz industry. Suited for those students with jazz choral experience, artist mentor further enhances understanding of jazz repertoire, technique and performance skills. Students explore concepts of jazz harmony and improvisation to deepen their understanding of repertoire, jazz genre and style. In addition, students practise advance jazz songs and repertoire to develop choral skills in an ensemble.
The Concerned Kids Charity of TorontoExpanded Communicating Through PuppetryPresentations use puppetry to address bullying, anger management, mental health, peer pressure and substance abuse topics in order to maintain respect and enhance students’ self-esteem and personal safety and the safety of others. The presentation is followed by a question and answer session to allow students to ask questions about the issues raised. The presentations aim to empower students in kindergarten -Grade 6 to make smarter and kinder choices and help to create safer schools and communities.
Sunnybrook Academic Family Health TeamHealth Roadshow: Ask a Family DoctorPresentations related to mental and physical health include topics of anxiety, sleep, depression, substance abuse, bullying, aggression/anger, body image, nutrition as well as coping skills and stress reduction techniques. Students learn strategies to improve their personal well-being. Interactive methods such as games and small group activities are used followed by an anonymous question and answer sessions. Family Medicine Residents work with Learning Centre 1 secondary schools: Leaside High School and Marc Garneau Collegiate staff (i.e. Guidance, Physical Education or Professional Support staff) to identify topics and review presentations.
Covenant HouseYouth Homelessness Awareness and Prevention Presentations raise awareness about youth homelessness and prevention; youth leadership and social responsibility on the issue; resources and community supports. Two presentations are available for student audiences grades 7 - 12: "Before You Run" - covers a broad range of issues that youth face. Explains how the circumstances that lead young people to the street are as varied as the youth themselves. Discusses how the experiences of family breakdown, abuse, mental health, bullying, drugs, exploitation/online luring, and stress can act as contributing factors to youth homelessness. "Reality Check" - deglamourizes street life and discusses the struggle homeless youth face; how they’re driven to steal, sell drugs or worse, targeted by predators and often trading their dignity to survive. Students also participate in an activity that highlights the hardship young people face while trying to live independently, without family support, education or career. Includes a video featuring Covenant House youth describing the challenges they faced on the street and what they’ve done to overcome them. Students are encouraged to be future leaders, to volunteer in their communities, to give back, and pay it forward. We also provide local resources where youth can get help or get involved.
The Period PurseMenstruation NationPresentations help educate students about menstruation and the importance of menstrual health for all. Facilitators demystify the myths, share use of appropriate language and how to prepare for periods including learning about various period products and reusable options. Presentations also help students understand period poverty with girls in school and people experiencing homelessness. Three presentations are available: Myths and Periods, Period Poverty, Period Product Options.
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Tour for HumanityPresentations educate students about human rights and social justice issues through the lens of historical events in Canada and around the world; including the Holocaust, genocide, and world heroes. These innovative, award-winning sessions occur in a 30-seat, wheelchair accessible, mobile human rights education center housed in an RV, designed to bring programming directly to schools across Ontario. They incorporate multimedia and surround sound that provides students with a rich and interactive learning experience, further engaging their interest and involvement. (Each T4H session is approximately 45 to 60 minutes in length. The mobile classroom can accommodate one class of 30 students at a time, allowing for six classes or 180 students over the span of a typical school day.)
Lakeshore ArtsConnecting the DotsPresentations connect students to creative arts professionals in multiple artistic fields to model possibilities for potential careers and illuminate pathways to post-secondary and workplace success. In these informal talks, the chosen creative professional shares personal experiences, insights and advice on their career journey. The session includes interactive/hands-on demonstrations when and where possible and a question and answer period.
University of TorontoHigh School Outreach Initiative (HSOI)Presentations by medical professionals and transplant recipients are available for secondary school Science, Phys Ed & Health and Civics classes to educate students about the science, the success, civic engagement and medical careers in the field of organ and tissue transplantation; and, the importance of organ and tissue donation. Curriculum-related resources are also available to teachers, with cross-curricular links and course specific unit plans.
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