|UrbanNon-ViolentInitiativesThroughYouth ||UNITY Charity Artists in Schools||UNITY 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. |
|York University||Unity in Diversity||In these immersive arts workshops, students will deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills around themes of identity, community and multiculturalism to produce an art project or initiative. Artist facilitators (Asian Canadian artist facilitators?) will develop students’ literary and artistic tools to explore and develop content in expressing their vision around a theme. Workshops may include literary writing, music composition, visual art and photography/videography. Students will create an artistic work at the end of the workshop and facilitators will collect and create a collaborative piece of art (if applicable). Workshops are also suitable for Asian Heritage Month.
|Emil Sher||Unpacking the Holocaust: A Playwright's Journey||This 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 Tracy||Unstoppable You||As 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 Kids||Urban Trees From Seed||Students 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.|
|University of Toronto||UTSC Imani Academic Mentorship||UTSC 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 Collection||V.O.I.C.E.S||V.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 Toronto||Virtual Academic Support Program in Select Secondary Schools||Trained 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.|
|Angela Turone||Vocal Jazz Talk and Performance||Professional 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.|
|Canadian Roots Exchange||Wampum and Treaty Workshops||The Wampum Knowledge Workshop teaches students about the historical importance of the Haudenosaunee (one of the Indigenous nations that are the original stewards of the City of Toronto) wampum and its relevance to First Nations culture; and, how wampum was used as a tool for negotiations in initial relationships between Indigenous peoples and European settlers. Afterwards students design their own wampum using templates provided, and share their significance with one another.
In the Treaty Education Workshop, students learn what treaties are and how they are tied to the foundation of Canada; what territories have treaties and what areas that are still without (such as Ottawa). Students discuss Canada’s obligation to upholding the treaties which allowed for the creation of the country. Because the workshops will be led in Toronto, we will focus on the Dish With One Spoon treaty and Treaty 13A. Youth will be asked to create their own treaty as if they were negotiating with new settlers, and share them with their peers.
|Heart of a Man (HOAM) Ltd.||Welcome Wellness||Overcome, 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 Compass||What Happens Next||An 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 Services||Whatever 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 Network||Whole School Approach to Eating Disorder Prevention||Engaging 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. |
|Green Kids Inc.||Wild Wild Wilderness||A free touring production that demonstrates the connections between habitat, wildlife, and human activity for a select number of schools. Students learn to make positive choices towards protecting our environment and how to celebrate the outdoors. The play is a dynamic and whacky story of one kid's accidental effect on a nearby forest and its creatures, performed by a single actor/storyteller accompanied by armfuls of adorable puppets. Follow-up workshop, using interactive drama, offers students an opportunity to explore the elements and issues from the story with their bodies and imagination.|
|Hong Fook Mental Health Association||Wraparound: Making Healthy Choices||Led by Hong Fook Youth Program Worker, the CHOICES program, serving Asian 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 the at-risk youth’s 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 Streets||Wrestle 4 Fun||Students learn fundamentals from top-level Canadian wrestlers in this character-building and life skills workshop through the sport of wrestling. Virtual and in-person 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 Seaman||Y.A.Y Improv for Wellness & Belonging||This 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 Africa||YEA Elevate||Career 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.|
|Mindful Bodies||Yoga, Mindfulness & Wellness||Staff 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.|
|Jeff A.D. Martin||You Are Worth It||Empowerment 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 Canada||YOU Dance||Led 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.
|Inspiration Republic||YOU, Me, US||African Canadian history presentation, in-person or by video-conferencing, 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.|
|Story Planet||Young Writers Project||Young 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 Foundation||Youth Education through Environmental Education||Students 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.|
|Aliyah Burey||Youth Empowerment Spoken Word||Using spoken word poetry, Aliyah Burey speaks an uplifting and empowering message to youth through the narrative of her life experience. In-person or virtual delivery, 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.|
|Skills For Life Inc.||Youth Empowerment Through Life Skills||These 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.
|Veritus Pictures Inc.||Youth Filmmakers Academy||Workshops 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 Toronto||Youth 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.|
|LAMP ||Youth Life-Skills Development||‘Healthy Living’ sessions provide health promotion information, activities and events that build knowledge, resilience and coping skills. A wide range of topics are available including: Anti-Bullying and Cyber Bullying, Mental Health and Wellness, Resilience and Coping Skills, Nutrition and Healthy Eating, Leadership and Teamwork, Anger Management, Excessive Social Media use, Healthy Relationships and Anti-Oppression training. Specific content includes: Anti-Oppression: Promoting tolerance, inclusion, diversity and equity. Students engage in safe spaces' discussion to understand what oppression is and how it makes people feel; and, by identifying each their own privilege in a celebration of diversity. Bullying and Bystanders: What is bullying? How to recognize it? What do bullies look like? And, what do bystanders contribute? Cyberbullying and the Internet: Bullies are using tech tools to threaten, stalk, ridicule, humiliate, taunt, and spread rumours. Students examine examples of Cyber Bullying, tips on prevention and on where to go for help. Leadership and Teamwork: Student will develop leadership skills while practicing effective team-building through event planning. Healthy Relationships: This workshop focuses on identifying characteristics of healthy relationships and signs of abusive relationships. It includes discussion on conflict, and anger management.|
|Lumenus Community Services||Youth 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 Program||Youth Skills for Life||Workshops 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 Toronto||Youth 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 Network||Youth Wellness Leaders||Programming 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. |
|The Royal Conservatory of Music||YouthBeat||A music creation program designed to inject the inspiration and communicative power of music into classroom practise for select schools. Program explores five design principles including proximity, space, alignment, repetition and contrast using new technology platform, Youthbeat app. The app provides a simplified set of tools that allow students to advance consistently with their learning and explore various elements of music and the different tools to change, record and overdub the music. Using a consistent framework, students learn to successfully create their own music and style culminating in creation of an original song or short piece. Professional guest musicians bring diverse musical and cultural backgrounds to enhance the learning. Professional learning is available. |
|YouthSpeak Performance Charity||YouthSpeak Presentations||Trained 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.|