Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming in-person or online in 'virtual' or 'bricks & mortar' 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. Other pathways for agencies to engage with TDSB can be found through our Partnership Opportunities webpage.

Ukuu CentreThe Bridge _ VirtualThis virtual workshop series is available for participants who racially identify as African, Black and Caribbean, to support their personal, academic and career development through the use of a wide range of life-skills programming. The programming centralizes the development of positive racial and academic identities which have been shown to enhance academic engagement and success. Workshop themes will include understanding racial identity; leadership development; networking; community engagement; academic and career planning. These supports and skills will help participants more concretely explore post-secondary decisions and long-term career planning.
Dentsu Aegis Network Canada IncThe CodeThe program through in-person workshops or by video-conferencing equips students with the skills to thrive in the digital economy and gives students a glimpse into career opportunities and the media industry. Students receive an overview of marketing, digital marketing, advertising, and how it's used as well as the key components to building a successful campaign. Students learn practical skills in design think, idea generation, pitch design and live pitch delivery to a professional team. Students also hear from professionals and their career journey. SHSM certification is available.
Food SharksThe Food Mood ConnectionThis nutrition workshop helps students to understand how food plays a significant role in their mood and overall mental and physical health. Facilitator discusses the fundamentals of a healthy diet, foods that support well-being, and how media and marketing industries influence nutritional choices. Students learn to read and understand food labels and nutritional facts to ultimately gain knowledge to make informed, healthy food choices. Because the health & wellness industry is booming, growth trends and careers are also highlighted. SHSM certification is available.
North Star ProductionsThe Ontario Planetarium Mobile Star Dome A knowledgeable guide leads presentations in a mobile planetarium that is set-up for a day at interested schools. Based on their experiences, presenters discuss earth and space science. Several presentations are offered to bring the cosmos to life through 3-D graphics and thundering surround sound.
Canadian Mental Health Association CMHAThe Opening Doors Project Free workshops provide an overview of mental health and illness and examine on a deeper level mental health issues on racism, diversity and anti-racism, identities in the Canadian context, and the newcomer experience. Through popular theatre and storytelling, students discuss the struggles and challenges for those living with mental illnesses and learn to develop strategies for dealing with discrimination and self-care when dealing with stress. Workshop include: Building Bridges: Anti-Racism 101, Understanding Migration, Mental Health and Wellness 101, Stress and Self-Care in Context, Starting From the 'I': Reflecting On Our Identities; and Know Your Rights 101. The Opening Doors Project also has additional programs to support Syrian students.
TAIBU Community Health CentreThe PLUG ProjectThe project focuses on violence prevention and developing conflict mediation skills for student success especially for Black and/or marginalized students. Through workshops, students learn how to resolve conflict in a variety of scenarios, develop techniques that de-escalate a situation, work on anger management, and develop strategies for better communication. Parent workshops are available to better support their child.
Paul Stewart The Pottery Clay WorkshopsThese workshops engage students with the creation of clay sculpture and story development. Students explore their own artistic nature and telling their own stories through art. They learn how to plan, design and create clay pieces. The theme and focus of each art project is determined in partner consultation with classroom teachers to ensure curriculum connections, and with the students themselves to ensure connection to their interests. The finished pieces are fired and delivered back to schools within three weeks of the workshop.
UNHCR, The UNHC for Refugees CanadaThe Refugee ExperienceThe Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, offers two multi-sensory interactive presentations that promote, bring awareness and amplify the voices of refugees to the school community. These presentations provide students with authentic, real world learning to develop a deeper perspective and respect for humanity. Life Inside a Refugee Camp allows students to physically step inside a tent and glimpse into the lives of how families forced to flee their homes live their day-to-day lives; Life Inside a Refugee Camp – Virtual Reality provides students a virtual reality experience inside a refugee camp by watching a refugee girl named Sidra share her experience, life around her and message of hope. Interactive Experience is a computer-based application where students can follow the story of Luis, a child refugee, who has fled his country and students take a walk in his shoes as they help him in search of safety, security and the opportunity for something better.
Shakespearience Performing ArtsThe Shakespearience ExperienceInteractive workshops in-person and through video-conferencing empower students by developing character, confidence communication and other essential soft skills through creatively and collaboratively overcoming the challenges they often associate with Shakespeare's language. Students are assisted by some of Canada’s most celebrated and talented professional actors. These professionals demonstrate in a unique and innovative way how an artist’s approach to the texts, combined with a little persistence, imagination and hard work, can unlock and demystify material many young people find so difficult. Professional learning sessions are also available for this programming that has been hailed as "outstanding," "epic," "transforming," "engaging" and "something that exceeded all of my expectations."
WeeFestival of Arts and CultureTheatre and Culture for Early YearsLed by professional artists, performances and workshops engage early years students in theatre, dance, music, movement/dance, visual arts in a storytelling form. Delivered in-person or virtually, sessions explore a range of themes including friendship, the environment, loss and change, overcoming fears, embracing difference/different abilities and cultural diversity. Workshops include "Kindergarten Drama Workshops", an active and creative movement workout; "Firefly Story Theatre Project", a drama and storytelling project, over a series of sessions, that collects and dramatizes students' original stories. Theatre performances for assemblies are available and changes each year; some productions are offered in French.
Toronto Alliance for the Performing ArtsTheatre CareersWorking in the Performing Arts is a viable career option! This presentation and interactive discussion informs students of opportunities available to them within the Toronto-area performing arts industry. Various potential career paths are described by a theatre professional, which includes a Q&A. Discussion topics to be covered: Why a career in Theatre? What is it like to Live and Work as an Artist - including a conversation about current pandemic conditions. Presenter provides stories of first hand, real-world experiences in a performing artist's life: auditions; supplementary jobs; how to get an agent; differences between working on stage and working on film; professional standards and agencies such as unions; resources and tips for getting involved while a student; and, overcoming the stigma of the “starving artist”.
Young People's TheatreTheatre Education Activities in SchoolsYPT offers a wide selection of educational programming in schools including Pre- and Post-Show Workshops, Specialized Workshops and Residencies. These are all designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of a particular theme or arts practice, enhance their theatre-going experience, and provide them the opportunity to actively engage in creative drama. Pre- and Post-Show Workshops guide students through a series of drama exercises as a way to more deeply explore themes associated with a YPT production. Specialized Workshops and Residencies allow students to explore a specific theme or area of interest such as – but not limited to – acting, dance, stage combat, clowning, puppetry, design, prop building, playwriting or stage carpentry. YPT engages professional facilitators of the highest quality who have extensive experience working with young people using a diversity of artistic approaches.
MapleLeafTheatreforSocial ResponsibilityTheatre Workshops and Performances for Social ChangeForum Theatre pedagogy allows students to participate and change the outcome of problems and learn to promote positive change. It is a pedagogy recognized by UNESCO. Mixed Company Theatre provides interactive productions and workshops using this method to address such issues as bullying, inclusion, mental health awareness, sexual consent, homophobia and transphobia. In these sessions, students practise creative problem-solving techniques and develop positive strategies to respond to issues that affect them.
Therapeutic Paws of CanadaTherapeutic DogsPet Therapy sessions, with small groups of select students referred by TDSB Professional Support Services, reduce students’ stress and anxiety by providing physical and emotional support in school communities that have experienced a traumatic event or crisis. Trained therapy dogs are accompanied by their certified handlers who guide each interaction.
Thinking ForwardThinking Forward Leadership ProgramThinking Forward offers character development and leadership training for students, to help children and youth strengthen their interpersonal and leadership skills, and to challenge them to address social needs. Thinking Forward provides inclusive and equitable learning opportunities that use the arts and leadership development as a platform to help students develop and improve their well-being. Students participate in hands-on, art activities that highlight themes of belonging, diversity, anti-bullying, teamwork, and community. A variety of methods, resources and activities are used including painting, role-playing, designing and building, illustrating, and art exhibits to showcase student work. The program is customizable to suit the needs and schedule of the school and students.
Tools for All TeensTools for All TeensTools for All Teens is a self-empowerment program which provides teens with wellness activities and tools such as yoga, mindfulness meditation and journaling to assist them in calming their minds and bodies. These tools enable youth to better manage stress and enhance their mental health and well-being. Mindfulness activities are used to support students’ engagement and improve learning and success, while teaching important life skills in self-awareness. Sessions can also be provided for staff teams, and for parents, as scheduled.
SoundKreations Inc.Toronto Dance XperienceIn these dance workshops (in-person or by video-conferencing), students participate in an adventure of body awareness, spatial awareness by exploring some of the cultures and dance styles that make-up the fabric of Toronto. Students learn a variety of styles and movements and their relationship with peers. Professional dancers engage students in the chosen dance style, fundamental movements, an in-depth exploration of the creative process and, in the longer series, a culminating student-led performance. Dance programs include: HipHopParty (building community through Hip-Hop Party Grooves), CubaNYC (Latin street dance), AfroFUSION (popular styles and grooves native to Congo, Angola and Ghana), and DanceCOMBO (hybrid of all styles). Workshops may be delivered in English, French and Spanish.
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Tour for HumanityPresentations available in-person and through video-conferencing, educate students about human rights and social justice issues through the lens of historical events in Canada and around the world. Topics include the Holocaust, genocide, and world heroes. When delivered in-person, 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.
Little Red TheatreTouring Theatre for ChildrenThe magic of theatre comes to life in these dramatic performances using an eclectic mix of puppets, original musical scores and songs, dance and audio and visual technology for elementary students. Productions are inspired by current issues, books that children love or problems that are relevant to children. Students may participate in the actual performance or participate in the question and answer at the end. Each year three shows are offered in English, French or Bilingual; each show is completely different and unique.
Rebecca BairdTraditional Indigenous Art PracticesWorkshops provide a hands-on experience that result in a tangible, memorable takeaway using a variety of Indigenous materials and art forms. Sample works include individual artwork using porcupine quills on birch bark, two-row wampum bracelets created using traditional Indigenous materials, beaded rosettes, individual cloth banners containing Indigenous teachings, or creation of a lasting on-site mural depicting Indigenous visual storytelling. Facilitator, Rebecca Baird, engages students in meaningful dialogue, citing the visual and material symbolism involved, including traditional Indigenous environmental teachings and relationships of cross-generational connections between the individual and community. Such teachings create a rewarding learning experience of Indigenous cultural values that reaches out and impacts meaningfully upon the community at large.
MetrolinxTransit in Your CommunityPresentations on the Metrolinx Transit Projects provide an opportunity for students in school communities to understand these significant infrastructure construction initiatives in their communities. Presentations deepen students understanding of city planning through interaction with various transportation professionals, students gain an understanding of the many careers in transportation, planning and public transit through this unique partnership. Workshops are tailored to particular projects in the schools’ neighbourhoods and summer schools. Guest speakers, videos, presentations and group activities are adjusted & based on the grade/s engaged in these interactive sessions.
North York General HospitalTransitional Aged Youth Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Well-BeingThis program offers specialized outpatient support services to referred youth and young adults who are concerned about the impact of substance use, addictions, depression, anxiety, and/or concurrent disorders in their lives. Assessment, support, treatment, and/or community referral to appropriate services are available through collaboration with TDSB Professional Support Services. Program activities include helping the school identify high-risk students; group activities based on locally identified needs; training for school staff; education and support for parents/guardians. Group programming can focus on building specific skills that enhance students' self-esteem and address a variety of mental health and well-being concerns. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues.
University of TorontoTransplant and Organ Donation Presentation Presentations by medical professionals and transplant recipients are available for secondary school science, health & Physical Education, 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.
University of TorontoTrash Team: Waste Free Tomorrow A team of university students deliver a series of four workshops to increase science and waste literacy in grade 5 students, while fostering curiosity in our natural world through STEM based activities. Delivery in -person or virtually, students participate in inquiry-based learning while working on activities and focus on tangible solutions in waste reduction. Lessons and topics include: 1) life-cycle of plastic 2) watersheds and their relationship to litter 3) impacts of plastic on the ecosystems 4) solutions to plastic pollution. Students also have an opportunity to engage with scientists in the field, learn about current research in plastic pollution and career options available in STEM.
Rita DagenaisTreaty Making in CanadaTreaties have been signed since 1701 and are still being negotiated today. Every treaty tells a story. The presentation focuses on WHY treaties were signed, with an emphasis on the perspectives of the indigenous signatories. These sessions provide a brief over-view of the history of treaty making, beginning with the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed during the Seven Years War. But I focus primarily on the land cession treaties whereby indigenous nations surrendered ownership (aboriginal title) of their lands to the Crown. The government wanted to acquire Indians lands to allow for the building of railways, resource development and settlement. I explore the issue of why indigenous people would sign these treaties. The only way to answer this question is to understand the circumstances faced by indigenous groups just prior to signing these treaties (disappearance of the buffalo, starvation, epidemics). Focus is on 2 treaties: Treaty 6 signed by the Cree in 1876 and Treaty 7 signed the following year by the Blackfoot.
Debbie Deer ProductionsTurn Up 10 Tour! 10 Steps to Living Your Best LifeAn inspirational virtual presentation utilizing motivational speeches, musical performances, live DJ and video projections empowering students to achieve their goals and live their best lives, especially for African students. Sessions feature multi-media artist Debbie Deer, motivational speaker Ainsley Deer, performer Rosie Monday and DJ CallmePogi. Ten self-improvement learning tools are covered: self-awareness, shift your mindset for success, finding a mentor, visualization, facing your fears, practicing discipline, health and wellness, practicing an attitude of gratitude, dreaming big and never giving up. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.
Ian KetekuUncover Your Hidden VoiceFacilitated by a National Slam Champion and World Poetry Slam Champion, these workshops introduce students to the spoken word form and encourage them to engage with language in new, personal, and imaginative ways. Writing skills and tools for creative expression are enhanced through the exploration of metaphor and simile, and seeing how these are successfully applied by spoken word artists through video performances. Workshops culminate with students performing their own unique spoken word pieces to the entire class.
HELM Technologies Inc.Understanding STEM, Startups & TechnologyIn this hands-on interactive workshop by video-conferencing or in-person, Dr. Elize Shirdel walks students through the mechanics of how technology works, evolution of app-based technology and artificial intelligence. Students walk away with an understanding of components of the consumer technology stack - apps, databases, APIs, front end development, back end development and user interfaces and experience. Activities and information use examples taken from technology that students use in their daily lives. Students gain an overview of skills and careers in technology industry and support. Elize also shares her personal journey as a woman in the tech industry and how to be successful.
UrbanNon-ViolentInitiativesThroughYouth UNITY Charity Artists in SchoolsUNITY Charity delivers in-person or via video-conferencing, these high-energy, interactive, performance-based and motivational sessions are led by professional artist-educators, who perform and share their personal stories of how the Arts can be a positive outlet for change and improve our mental health. Also available are workshop sessions in various art mediums, including but not limited to: Hip-Hop Dance, Break-Dancing, Spoken Word Poetry, Graffiti, Best Production, MC/Rap and Beatboxing. These workshops challenge students to express themselves creatively by learning something new and perhaps stepping out of their comfort zone with their peers.
Emil SherUnpacking the Holocaust: A Playwright's JourneyThis multimedia presentation weaves still images and video footage from the acclaimed stage production of Hana's Suitcase, which chronicles the short life of a girl killed in Auschwitz. What are the challenges, the choices, the considerations when history is honoured and dramatized on stage? How far into the darkness of the Holocaust do you go when children are in the audience? How can sets, costumes, masks, slides and silence give voice to an unspeakable tragedy? These are some of the questions that are explored by playwright Emil Sher in a presentation that is capped by a discussion where students are tasked with making a moral choice about who to shelter in wartime. Students also learn about the creative process in transforming history into a stage play and the connections between art and history.
Unstoppable TracyUnstoppable YouAs a bestselling Author, award-winning Leader, Speaker, Humanitarian, and decorated Athlete, Unstoppable Tracy provides tools tied to the Ontario Learning Outcomes for Resilience and Determination, for audiences to affect positive change and acceptance to everyone around them. Tracy's verve for life and ability to overcome obstacles are immediately apparent in these keynote presentations, sharing her story of commitment and perseverance, courage, and positivity, and that challenges misconceptions. Unstoppable Tracy provides a unique and inclusive perspective on diversity as a person who was born with a disability, as a 4-way amputee. With humour and motivation, Unstoppable Tracy inspires all audiences to set goals and persevere through adversity, doing whatever it takes in order to achieve success.
Green Thumbs Growing KidsUrban Trees From SeedStudents plant and nurture urban-tolerant native species of trees, from seed that they collect or is collected locally from mature trees. Delivery in-person or by video-conferencing, this project enhances student learning in citizen science, biodiversity and environmental stewardship. Facilitated by an Indigenous garden educator who provides knowledge on a variety of native tree species including one with the Anishnaabemowin name, Giidaga biizhou aatig, also known as the Kentucky Coffee Tree. Younger students plant the tree from seed and older students pot the seedlings, take care and plant the seedling in a forever home.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreUsing Literature as an Innovative Tool for Teaching Mental Health Literacy Through this partnership programming, educators learn how to impart basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills and general mental health literacy to middle-school age youth through an engaging professional learning session and follow-up coaching designed for English/Literacy teachers and middle school staff teams. Students’ mental health and wellness can potentially be safeguarded and enhanced through increased teacher awareness, knowledge, skills, and via curricula that embed mental health literacy components within a literature unit.
University of TorontoUTSC Imani Academic MentorshipUTSC mentors offer academic and mentoring support (social-emotional, identity, cognitive) to African Canadian youth at selected middle and high schools in East Scarborough. UTSC mentors build confidence in TDSB student mentees with a focus on supporting post-secondary access to college or university. UTSC mentors provide homework help, one-one mentoring at selected elementary and secondary schools. The program’s goal is to support Black Student Success by supporting the needs of a student population that historically has been under-represented at post-secondary education institutions.
McMichael Canadian Art CollectionV.O.I.C.E.SV.O.I.C.E.S., Visual Outreach Initiative Creating Empowered Students, program provides student leadership and empowerment through art-based activities to select grade 5 students. These in-person or virtual sessions nurture students' self-esteem and leadership skills through exploration of Canadian Art from the McMichael collection. Five learning sessions provide a behind-the-scenes tour of an artist's studio, in-depth look into the creative process, conversations with professional artists, all animated by gallery shots, images of artwork and videos presenting artmaking demonstrations. The sixth session culminates in a showcase of individual artwork and celebration of students' achievements.
University of TorontoVirtual Academic Support Program in Select Secondary SchoolsTrained post-secondary student volunteers from the University of Toronto, OISE, provide academic supports virtually to select secondary schools, referred Grade 9 & 10 students/classes, as they prepare for meeting the Numeracy and Literacy standards required in those grade levels. TDSB Guidance or teaching staff monitor these remote, video-conferencing program sessions.
Rod NettagogVirtual Bluestonecloud Breaking The CycleThese workshops deliver core traditional values and teachings of traditional ‘Grandfather Drum’ and its role for the community. Through drum teachings, traditional drumming, dance and singing, hands-on activities, and self-reflection, Rod Nettagog helps students explore their place in society and appreciation for Indigenous culture. Workshops aim to restore knowledge of Indigenous cultural values, traditions and beliefs and to reconnect to ourselves, others and the earth.
Little Robot Friends Inc.Virtual Coding & Crafting with RobotsVirtual workshops for students in grades 1-2 explore the relationship between code and electronics through hands-on play using ‘Cubby’ robots. Students gain fundamental understanding of basic electronics, how computers work, and how ‘coding’ gives them the tools to do amazing things. In these sessions, students interact with Cubby’s inputs and outputs and learn about sensing light, sound, movement, and more. Students make colours using LED lights, musical notes using Cubby’s speaker, and turn blinks and beeps into unique expressions for their robot’s personality. Students can even turn their robots into “Cubby Choir” and sing a short song together.
Progressive Tennis LeagueVirtual Enrichment Tennis ProgrammingThe program provides virtual workshops to students using modified equipment to make learning tennis fun and easy. A team based approach is used to introduce the ten steps towards rallying and the five fundamentals of tennis for JK/SK. Students in grades 1-8 explore tennis fundamentals, reception/projection and movement skills in a dynamic team based environment.
Greenpeace CanadaVirtual GreenspeakersFree virtual presentations enhance student knowledge and motivation on critical environmental topics such as climate change/crisis, the Arctic, boreal and rain forests, biodiversity, plastics, economic development/environmental impact, and personal environmental awareness/engagement. Thought provoking and interactive, the presentations engage on both an intellectual and emotional level so that the students brainstorm ideas for practical, and actionable solutions.
Right To Play InternationalVirtual PLAY Program (Concrete Warriors)The Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program is designed to provide Aboriginal/Indigenous children and youth access to high-quality educational programs that use play and arts to build and enhance their life-skills to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. While the basis of the programs are designed by child development and educational experts, all are adapted and modified in consultation with children, youth, parents, and Elders of PLAY’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners. Session topics include: youth leadership workshops, arts-based programming, sport and recreational activities.
SKETCHVirtual Toolbox Initiative Virtually, this free woodworking program is STEM inspired and designed to give students the confidence to explore, innovate and work with woodworking tools to complete woodworking projects. Led through video-conferencing by women and non-binary facilitators, students work with a variety of woodworking tools and learn techniques in hand sanding, stain and finishing applications to build a variety of basic woodworking projects as well as an independent project of their own. Additionally, students gain a basic understanding of electronics and their critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills. The program may culminate in a project showcase to the school community. These skill-sharing workshops are an opportunity for youth to ask questions and get to know first-hand what it’s like working in various trades.
Anthony LueVirtual Turning Tragedy into Triumph: The Story of a Para-athleteVirtually, Anthony Lue, a para-athlete in cycling, speaks to students about resilience, maintaining a positive attitude and overcoming obstacles in the face of stark adversity. In 2009, an accident at a scrap metal yard left him paralyzed from the waist down. But though his body was broken, his incredible spirit remained intact and the will to live. Anthony shares the importance of overcoming challenges, goal setting through sports, teamwork, and seeing life in a new way despite a disability and striving to achieve mammoth goals in life. Virtual sessions only.
Inspiration RepublicVirtual YOU, Me, USAfrican Canadian history virtual presentation takes a look at historical African Canadian figures who have made substantial contributions in the black community and Canadian culture, while facing racism and oppression. Presentation explores the setbacks and challenges of Harry Jerome, Viola Desmond, Elijah McCoy but also to showcase their resiliency, innovative spirit and problem-solving skills while inspiring students to see themselves as problem-solvers and innovators. Using media, real life stories and an interactive game show, the presentation highlights the history beyond the colour barrier. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.
Canadian Parents for French - OntarioVirtually Engaging Parents & Supporting FSLVirtual programming 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.
Heart of a Man (HOAM) Ltd.Welcome WellnessOvercome, elevate, inspire. Donovan is a motivational speaker who inspires others by sharing his story of mental health and wellness. He speaks of his battle with depression and educates on effective communication, vulnerability and resilience. Interactive discussion provides an inspirational message on Black mental health for young men and youth audiences. Integrating stories, statistics, and spoken word, students are engaged and provided with effective strategies for fostering wellness, coping, and reaching out to supports and community resources. The presentation inspires students in defining one’s own struggles, overcoming them with passion and ultimately finding one’s purpose in life.
Special CompassWhat Happens NextAn inclusive presentation, in-person or by video-conferencing, for the school community to help meet the needs and challenges of exceptional students and prepare them to achieve success. Presentation addresses demystifying learning disabilities and providing successful learning strategies that include goal setting, study skills, advocacy skills, stress management. Focus also includes creating a healthy and successful transition into post-secondary education. The parent-centered presentation helps parents understand how to support their child with any exceptionality, understanding IEPs, and what to expect as their child transitions to higher grades.
Lumenus Community ServicesWhatever It Takes (WIT)'Whatever It Takes' (WIT) provides service coordination and transitional support to children and youth who have mental health issues and have complex service needs. WIT provides many services such as interim intensive case management, facilitation of community planning, clinical consultation and one-on-one support within student’s treatment plan to transition into a classroom or maintain the student effectively in the classroom until a more appropriate school placement or day treatment placement can be arranged. WIT facilitates the collaboration of service providers to respond to children/youth with complex needs or to those whose needs exceed the ability and capacity of any one service provider or sector.
University Health NetworkWhole School Approach to Eating Disorder PreventionEngaging and age appropriate, risk factor-focused presentations are offered to students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) on body image, media literacy, conversations around food, and self-esteem. Professional learning capacity-building, interactive workshops for staff focus on spotting the signs, supporting an affected student, addressing body-based bullying, and embedding conversations into existing curriculum. Parent panels for the school community are also offered that create a space for parents to share their concerns about this topic while empowering them with resources to support their children’s well-being around eating, physical activity, and body image. Programming in-person or virtual through video-conferencing is an evidence-informed approach to eating disorder prevention available for all schools.
Hong Fook Mental Health AssociationWraparound: Making Healthy ChoicesLed by Hong Fook Youth Program Worker, the CHOICES program, serving East Asian and international students from grades 7 – 12 helps youth to create new social connections and strengthen peer to peer relationships. Through games, group work and discussion, youths are able to develop strategies with a focus on different life skills, including communication, healthy relationships, stress management, wellness, decision-making, and goal-setting. The Youth Outreach Worker is available to provide individualized programs to meet participants' needs as well as be available for presentations with school communities to increase all students' understanding of mental health, available resources, and the local school community's engagement in issues of equity and social inclusion.
Beat the StreetsWrestle 4 Fun_Virtual SessionsStudents learn fundamentals from top-level Canadian wrestlers in this character-building and life skills workshop through the sport of wrestling. Virtual workshops are based on the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model and designed to introduce wrestling and drills to improve movement skills, agility, balance and coordination while providing no-contact delivery. For older students, workshops build positive character traits, coping strategies, building positive self-image and personal resiliency while providing a constructive and safe way to redirect energy through sport. Students learn time management, respecting others, friendly competition, rules and guidelines through the introduction to wrestling that all transfer to the classroom. Professional learning and certification are available to staff.
Ashley SeamanY.A.Y Improv for Wellness & BelongingThis workshop in person or by video-conferencing uses improv to practice empathetic communication, collaboration and mindfulness for students to achieve a greater sense of belonging and joy. Students learn meaningful tools in interacting and communicating with others as well as being in a safe spaces to take creative risks, explore spontaneity and embrace the unexpected all while having fun. Through play, games and exercises, students collaboratively create character, story, comedy and joyful connection with their peers. Through a workshop series, schools may work toward building a showcase to perform in front of an audience.
Canadian Youth of East AfricaYEA ElevateCareer mentorship workshops at Kipling CI for students of East African and Black descent in grades 9 and 10 pair them with young black professionals from diverse professions for informal networking sessions. Students are introduced to mentors matching their areas of interest, who then provide support and connect them to academic and career resources that pave a path forward for them into the next school year and further on into post-secondary education. Students learn more about the industry they're interested in from a professional in the field who is knowledgeable, driven, and most importantly - relatable. Parents of the participating students attend workshops that provide key information, such as what the school year looks like, the benefits of attending parent-teacher meetings, and how to talk to their children about future goals and supporting their education.
Basketball Beginnings Inc.Yes I Can: Physical Literacy & MentorshipSessions in physical literacy build referred students' engagement in building their school communities through developing their leadership skills, and pairing with a mentor. These sports-based mentorships instill positive attitudes towards learning, positive goal orientation and motivational patterns that enhances student success, particularly for those that have disengaged with scholastic endeavours. Basketball Beginnings staff are also available for outreach and support of referred students during instructional time, as needed.
Jeff A.D. MartinYou Are Worth ItEmpowerment assembly and leadership workshops targeted to building up and fostering character development among students. Presentation reinforces the following three points: turning your adversities into your advantages, believing in yourself, the power of self-affirmation. Jeff. A.D. Martin grew up in an underserved neighbourhood within Toronto, facing many disadvantages and can relate to the various struggles that students continue to face today. He shares his own personal stories, which includes loss through violence and also from his fifteen years in law enforcement where he has worked as a police officer within various detective roles. Workshops help students to step through their fears and build important life skills to find their life's passion.
The National Ballet of CanadaYOU DanceLed by artist educators/dancers from The National Ballet of Canada, these free workshops and performances introduce students to the theatrical art of ballet. Schools may also choose a “YOU dance” workshop where students actively engage in movement techniques to develop their creative expression, learn a variety of dance styles and repertoire, and interact with artists through a Q&A. Live-streamed "YOU dance" performance features five specially selected pieces danced by the National Ballet’s apprentices and accompanied by a pianist.
Story PlanetYoung Writers ProjectYoung Writers Project provides students the opportunity to develop their skills in creative expression and literacy through story making across a variety of different media which include writing, illustration, painting, poetry, spoken word, and digital media. Students cultivate story-making skills through digital (web-based tools) and non-digital (publications). Students develop characters, setting, and central narrative, while writers and artists lend their extensive talents to provide students with inspiration. At the end of each workshop, participants produce a tangible evidence of their creativity in the form of a painting, sculpture, illustrated book, digital story, or film. Staff professional learning and observation opportunities may also be available.
Green Hope FoundationYouth Education through Environmental EducationStudents are made aware of real world issues regarding sustainable development in these free assembly/workshops that blend art, music, dance, drama, and science while creating and achieving sustainability goals. Students learn about and discuss the impacts of climate change and ways to mitigate it, the importance of clean energy moving forward into the future, the need for biodiversity conservation, and ways we can adopt a model of sustainable consumption of earth's resources. Classroom learning is also complemented with outdoor local activities such as waste cleanups and waste segregation in order to demonstrate to students how to put 'words into action', learning that transcends classroom walls and school yards.
Skills For Life Inc.Youth Empowerment Through Life SkillsThese in-person or virtual sessions help develop important life skills and to develop the positive personal and professional networks for success. By understanding and developing qualities of self and emotional intelligence, students develop a growth mindset to take on the world and its challenges. Workshop topics include: self-esteem, goal setting, networking, self-discovery and community engagement. Interactive workshops utilize storytelling, multimedia videos, quotes, games and discussions.
Aliyah BureyYouth Empowerment Virtual Spoken WordUsing spoken word poetry, in virtual sessions Aliyah Burey speaks an uplifting and empowering message to youth through the narrative of her life experience. Students are exposed to diverse literary styles while increasing their enthusiasm towards literacy and building the tools for self-expression. Spoken word being an artistic expression to explore and reflect upon themes such as the intersectionalities of race culture and gender gives youth an understanding of diversity and ways to overcome challenges that they face. Schools can choose between spoken word performance and/or workshop.
Veritus Pictures Inc.Youth Filmmakers AcademyWorkshops in-person or through video-conferencing provide authentic expression of student voice through filmmaking. This team-based approach provides students with skills, technique and tips on a variety of filmmaking elements including camera work, audio recording, video production, and editing. For schools looking for a more in depth exploration of filmmaking, James Buffin offers a five day program to take students from concept to completion for documentary or dramatic projects.
Covenant House TorontoYouth 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: "Before You Run" covers a broad range of issues and circumstances that lead youth to the street. It discusses how the experiences of family breakdown, abuse, mental health, bullying, drugs, exploitation and stress can act as contributing factors to youth homelessness. "Reality Check" de-glamourizes street life and discusses the struggle homeless youth face; how they’re driven to steal, sell drugs or worse. Presentations also have students participate in an activity that highlights the hardship youth face while trying to live independently, without family support, education or career; and what their school community can do to engage with community supports.
Lumenus Community ServicesYouth Outreach Workers (YOW) This program provides outreach and support for referred youth who are identified as being at risk and may also present with a dual diagnosis or developmental disability, and/or identify as LGBTQ. It connects these youth with community resources to meet their immediate needs (such as employment, health, housing, recreation). Youth Outreach Workers are also available for presentations in secondary schools to increase all students' understanding of mental health and the local school community's engagement in issues of equity and social inclusion. The YOW can also assist the young person’s support network (home, school, peers) to access necessary resources to help them best support the youth.
The Youth Empowerment ProgramYouth Skills for LifeWorkshops offer practical tools to empower vulnerable/BIPOC youth with the skills to increase self awareness, self confidence and self-esteem. Facilitated by Suzanne Dunbar, Black female, these interactive sessions delivered in-person or virtually offer healthy problem-solving skills, strategies on changing negative thought patterns and reactive behaviours, and tools to navigate life’s challenges from a space of autonomy and self-reflection. Sessions delivered in person or virtually, use guiding questions to engage students, especially Black students, to develop a positive self-perception as they grow in their lives.
YMCA of Greater TorontoYouth Substance Use Free presentation on substance use and its effects to school community. Substances covered are alcohol, cannabis, opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA/ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, hallucinogens. Presentation addresses what the products are, their categories, physical and mental impacts, short and long term impacts and strategies for harm reduction. Facilitators address the causes of use and indicators that people may be using substances and ways to get help. A question and answer will follow each presentation.
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.
YouthSpeak Performance CharityYouthSpeak PresentationsTrained youth speakers share their personal stories, experiences of struggle and their journey toward improved wellness. The stories are real, engaging, inspirational and relatable. Presentations build empathy and inclusion, deliver messages of perseverance and encourage students to use their voice and ask for help when needed. 'Stepping Up to Leadership' workshops are available to follow-up from assemblies. They highlight the four pillars to developing youth leadership: honesty, inclusivity, drive and compassion.
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