|Aisling Discoveries ChildandFamilyCentre||Helping Hands at School||"Helping Hands" activities are designed to support students who have been identified as homeless, to reduce the negative effects of homelessness on emotional well-being and academic performance, and enabling students to function more effectively and positively in the school environment. Activities may include supports that focus on social skill development, self-esteem, anger management and building resilience, for classes, select groups, and/or individual students. Based on "Friends for Life" strategies, activities are designed and implemented in consultation with local school Principal, Social Worker, and teacher.
|Job Talks||Skilled Trade Secrets||A dynamic assembly that opens the eyes to the secret world of skilled trade careers and how to get started. Jon Callegher, a millennial sociologist and college professor, showcases different areas of the skilled trades, shares the latest data on what motivates career choices, and reveals five major benefits to working in the skilled trades and construction industry. The assembly incorporates Job Talks’ high impact video interviews of passionate tradespeople and introduces the concept of "balanced intelligence" to help change mindsets toward the trades among students, educators and parents. |
|Joseph Piranian||Confronting Adversity, One Word at a Time||As a lifelong stutterer, Joze shares his story of transformation in this inspirational keynote as a way for students to learn how to face their fears and embrace what makes them unique. Students learn resilience, courage, persistence, and coping skills and enhance their capacities for empathy, inclusiveness, self-expression, and self-acceptance. In sharing his story, Joze provides the tools to overcome life's obstacles alongside the wisdom that allows us to see them as opportunities for personal betterment; that our fears and insecurities cease to control us when we choose to act in spite of them. Keynote can also be presented in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Armenian.|
|YouthLink||LINK'D||Based on the Finding Assertive Solutions Together (FAST) curriculum, the LINK'D psycho-educational program incorporates the use of various therapeutic and recreational activities to help youth discover the underlying factors that contribute to overly assertive behaviors, and builds skills in self-regulation, self-awareness, social awareness/empathy, responsible decision making and problem solving. The program focuses on the 3 core areas known as the 3L’s: Life, Leadership and Learn. The Life area focuses on setting students up for success, building life skills and enhancing social skills. The Leadership area focuses on teaching students to lead others positively, build their strengths and becoming LINK’D Ambassadors. The Learn area focuses on helping students learn new ways to cope, develop self-control strategies and deal with difficult emotions.|
|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.|
|VIBE ARTS||Community Sharing Arts Education||Children and youth from schools in neighbourhood improvement areas engage in high-quality, tailor-made, hands-on arts workshops conducted by professional artists. Students of all levels of ability create works of art through mediums such as dance, drama, dub poetry, environmental art, visual and integrated arts, video and filmmaking, and photography, while also learning to reflect their cultural heritage and personal identity into their works.
Professional learning is also available, leading teachers through a series of hands-on experiences which include art appreciation, studio techniques, and lesson planning, as well as sharing and discussing effective strategies for integrating arts into core curriculum areas.|
|Access Alliance||Pediatric Health Initiative Clinic||Clinics in elementary and secondary schools address the issue of students in inner city communities who come to school with undiagnosed and untreated health concerns that prevent them from learning. Its objective is to provide students with access to a medical clinic, on site, in schools.
The initiative provides the services of a pediatric clinic in the school. Medical practitioners, (including but not exclusive to: nurse practitioners, physicians, pediatricians, community health workers) consult with students (and, if elementary school age, with their families) on a variety of medical, behavioural and developmental and school-related concerns.
Services may include, and are not limited to:
1. Medical - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, health counselling and referrals to other medical specialists, or dietician.
2. Behavioural and Developmental - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, related mental health counselling, referrals to specialist and/or community agencies.
3. Clinical services will be provided on a referral basis from parents/guardians; TDSB Professional Support Services; local Principals from schools surrounding school in which clinic site is hosted.
Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues at the time of booking appointments; and in collaboration with local schools and the clinic’s Advisory Committee. |
|Adventure Place||Community-based Treatment and Support Services||Community-based Treatment and Support Services offers a continuum of support to select students and their families and care providers. Program provides strategies to address difficulties in social, emotional, behavioural, communication, cognitive, learning and/or developmental domains of functioning. Program includes observation and assessment in the home; support and training for parents, teachers and other school staff as needed; and individual student program plan for the classroom and at home, service coordination, and transition support and/or treatment into classroom setting. Adventure Place staff will work in collaboration with TDSB staff, including representatives from the school’s Professional Support Services team, in order to facilitate a coordinated service for the referred student. |
|TELUS Communications Inc.||TELUS Wise||Cyber safety and security issues are discussed in four age / audience appropriate workshop options:
* TELUS Wise footprint - is designed to help elementary school students learn how to be good digital citizens and keep their digital footprint clean.
* TELUS Wise in control - engages middle school, and junior high students in a discussion about cyberbullying, identity theft, protecting and positively growing their online reputation and more.
* TELUS Wise impact - engages middle school and junior high students in a conversation about cyberbullying, helping them explore and understand different options for safe and appropriate ways of intervening when they witness cruel behaviour online.
* TELUS Wise happiness - engages teen students in a conversation about building and maintaining a healthy relationship with technology and offers tips on ensuring resiliency and well-being in our connected world.|
|Jessica Dubeau||Freedom Dance Athletics||Dance enrichment workshops provide choreography in Hip Hop, Jazz, African, Caribbean (soca, dancehall), Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Disco styles. In a safe and encouraging environment, students learn the characteristics of each style through choreographic sequences and fundamental dance and sport movements built into exercises, routines, and rhythmic drills that provide athletic building components that are unique to dance. At the end of a workshop series, students will perform a choreographed routine that was created during the unit. To encourage problem solving skills, yoga and mindfulness sessions can be provided to focus on breathing exercises and calming experiences to assist participants with tools for everyday life.|
|Centennial College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placement||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|IRIS||Robots Build and Learn||Enable students to be active and creative digital learners by using LEGO bricks and digital tools to solve problems and collaborate with each other. These workshops facilitated by Institute of Robotics and Intelligence Systems staff encourage a playful learning environment where students build and program a variety of fun LEGO models fitted with motors and sensors, formulate and investigate data such as how to calculate and predict distances, and how the surface area of a ship's sails affects its travel speed. By engaging in this way, students deepen their understanding of key STEM-related concepts while developing the skills to be global learners.|
|Rayon Gillespie||Financial Literacy en francais||Enabling students to be responsible money managers in French and English, these interactive presentations cover topics that include: "Budgeting 101" "Spend less, Save more" "Do you need to borrow?" and "Set yourself up for success." Financial literacy skills are interspersed with personal life story and practical experience. |
|Greenpeace Canada||Greenspeakers||Free 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.|
|Canadian Mental Health Association CMHA||The 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. |
|Extend-A-Family||Friendship Circles||Friendship Circles build relationships between students with disabilities, who are in an integrated class placement and their peers through engaging activities that encourage social connections. Groups of children are intentionally brought together to get to know each other and to build a welcoming and inclusive school community for all students. Circles provide an opportunity for the person with a disability to participate in conversations, games, parties and social encounters. Circles are led by an Extend-A-Family Coordinator who facilitates group sessions and encourages groups to plan time and activities together, and to explore the concept of friendship both within and outside of school. |
|Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife||Roots and Shoots Sustainable Food Initiative||In this program, up to 10 secondary EcoSchools take part in reducing their carbon footprint through the lens of food waste and sustainability. School-wide assemblies generate interest and excitement about the Roots and Shoots campaign, educating students on the impact our diets have on climate change and the environment. Alongside learning resources provided to schools to assist the implementation of the program, students document their progress towards food sustainability by taking photos and video to produce a video clip of their contributions. One student-made video will be awarded a professional edit and shared throughout the local community and JGI Canada to further raise awareness on sustainable foods.
|The Multicultural Theatre Space Inc.||Stories of Justice||Issues of integration and communication with peers give voice to newcomers, marginalized and racialized youth in these workshops facilitated by multicultural artists. Students receive inspiration from culturally diverse role models who provide an opportunity to hear critical conversations with a multicultural lens. Schools can choose from a workshop series for students to create a short theatre production reflective of their lives or participate in talkbacks with professionals in the theatre industry. |
|Kevin Carrington||Reggaecise||Kevin Carrington leads a reggae-inspired cardio fitness dance program that improves student's physical literacy and emotional well-being. The program combines dance, aerobic fitness, and reggae music, with high-impact exercise routines. Once students learn choreographed movements, they are encouraged to explore their own creativity by improvising their own dance moves. Students interact with an engaging and positive role model that inspires students to do their best and be their best.|
|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.
|Never Gallery Ready||Re:Framing Culture Re:Claiming Voice||Media and visual literacy-focused workshops explore culture as reflected in art, news, history, and advertising. These workshops address the politics of individuals’ relationship with images, objects, sound and site, and ask students to critically analyze ubiquitous messages and dominant cultural narratives. Students create works of collage, learn “culture jamming” techniques, perform sound plays/stories, create site-specific installations/awareness campaigns that address community issues, and ‘zines (themed booklets). A 5-day workshop series is also available.|
|Wilfrid Laurier University||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|York University||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|Fashion Takes Action ||My Clothes My World||My Clothes My World is a practical workshop that highlights the social and environmental impacts in the apparel industry. Students learn the life cycle and supply chain of the apparel industry, environmental impacts, positive and negative impact on human interactions and their communities while learning to debate and create sustainable solutions to problems. At the end of the workshop, students engage in a practical exercise to deconstruct and reconstruct an old t-shirt into a bag. |
|The Learning Partnership Canada||Investigate! Invent! Innovate!||Often called I-cubed, students and staff engaged with practitioners in the fields of science, engineering, math and technology provides resources, workshops and presentations for students, and professional learning sessions for teachers, to develop students’ mathematical understanding, global competencies such as problem-solving skills, and related scientific and technological skills. The culminating event for grades 7 – 8 is the “Invention Convention”, a showcase for students to exhibit the inventions they have created. |
|Regent Park Community Health Centre||Pathways to Education||Pathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected Families of Schools to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education.
Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school.|
|Stella's Place||Peer Support||Peer support training program to increase awareness of mental health issues and wellness at Winston Churchill CI. Students learn peer support skills, increase their understanding of mental health and increase their capacity to manage stress and engage in self-care. Program utilizes presentations, discussion, creative exploration and skills practice opportunities, and exercises to enhance the learning. Program culminates in students brainstorming, developing and implementing a health and wellness project that impacts a large number of their peers in a meaningful way.|
|Outward Bound Canada||Outdoor Mentorship Training||Peer-to-peer leadership opportunities are provided through mentorship training in outdoor urban experiences.Workshops integrate the themes of outdoor and experiential adventure education; eco-psychology and mindfulness; and, leadership and group dynamics. Students build the leadership skills of facilitating meaningful outdoor education activities; communicating effectively; and, conflict mediation, management and resolution techniques. Workshop culminates with students, supported by Outward Bound Canada staff, implementing an activity for their peers.|
|The National Ballet of Canada||Dance About||Presentation designed to introduce students to ballet delivered by the professional artists at The National Ballet of Canada. "Dance About" demystifies the professional ballet world through a short ballet performance with four dancers, piano accompanist, narrator and behind-the-scenes crew. Through an interactive discussion, students learn about basic ballet exercises, pointe shoes, partnering, ballet mime and theatrical makeup. Students not only hear from artists who discuss their roles but also learn what it takes to produce a ballet. |
|Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team||Health Roadshow: Ask a Family Doctor||Presentations 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 Leaside High School staff (i.e. Guidance, Physical Education or Professional Support staff) to identify topics and review presentations. Should the capacity to serve another secondary school in Learning Centre 1 arise, the specific school will be approached by TDSB Professional Support Services and Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team for scheduling. |
|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. |
|Griffin Centre||ReachOUT||ReachOUT 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.|
|Urban Rez Solutions Inc.||The R.E.A.L. School||Reality 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. |
|Team Unbreakable||Team Unbreakable||Schools 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.
|Live Your Legacy Academy Inc. ||Live Your Legacy||Shaun Boothe is an award winning hip hop artist, TEDx speaker and creator of ‘The Unauthorized Biography Series’: a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs – Repackaging History, including Black History, through Hip Hop; capturing the legacy of influential iconic figures in documentary-style music videos. His highly entertaining Live Your Legacy assemblies use his bio videos to embark on a performance / motivational speaking journey that raises issues of identity, diversity, equity, character, media, life skills, and the importance of living a legacy. Themes raised include leadership, success strategies, overcoming fears and challenges, transitioning, the power of acknowledgement, and redefining masculinity. The aim is to present an experience that works on many levels and, most importantly, does not exclude the growing group of disengaged youth in the school system today.
|Community Builders ||Friends and Allies Youth Leadership||Sparking courage, building skills and fostering caring, Community Builders develops youth leadership through symposia and workshops on social inclusion, conflict resolution, and peer support listening with elementary school students. Participants learn concepts of community circle, anti-oppression, ally-ship and conflict resolution, to promote a positive school environment and create a community response to bullying and exclusion. They explore issues including racism, sexism and other oppressions. Following the symposia, leadership teams are supported as they prepare to deliver programs ranging from Friends and Allies Assemblies to action-research initiatives. Professional learning sessions, cross-generational dialogues and parent workshops are also provided.|
|B Current Performing Arts Co.||Anti-Oppression, Black History and Storytelling||Storytelling 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.|
|Trinity Theatre Toronto||Creating Communities We Want||Students become peer leaders and mentors through workshops that engage them in a variety of art and drama-based activities. Trained student peer leaders facilitate workshops, talking circles and presentations with other students in their school, improving both their communication and conflict resolution skills alongside the development of their leadership capabilities. Peer to Peer workshops prepare students to become peer leaders while addressing issues such as stress management, healthy relationships, bullying, discrimination, substance use, etc. Handling Conflict peer mediation training workshops refine student's skills in understanding emotions like anger through active listening and empathy, as well as open and closed questioning. Schools can also add workshops for students as well as parents and staff to address conflicts, encourage community engagement and volunteerism, and also request Making Connections, a substance abuse toolkit for teachers that engages underserved students in developing healthy attitudes and resistance strategies.|
|Sugu World Inc.||Drone Development & Design||Students 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.|
|Lorena Santin-Andrade||Textile Art and Design||Students 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.|
|ICTC||Digital DASH||Students participate in exploratory learning activities to enhance digital competencies that will open pathways towards digital careers. Activities recreate authentic scenarios to engage students to practise their critical thinking in order to solve a problem while thinking of the consequences of the solution. A variety of workshops provide knowledge on the areas of information and communications technology (ICT), cyber arts, and business skills. Students also have an opportunity to meet industry experts, gain practical industry knowledge and learn about current and emerging STEM careers and pathways in ICT. Professional learning is available. |
|Shakespeare In Action||Interactive Shakespeare||Students 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.|
|Trevor Brown||Professional 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. |
|Griffin Centre||Intensive 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.|
|The Learning Partnership Canada||Turning Points||The Learning Partnership facilitates Professional Learning Sessions in Turning Points, a character awareness and literacy program that provides opportunities for students in Grades 6 - 12 to read, write and think about their fundamental values. Program resource guides, e-learning modules, annual anthology and culminating contest recognition event are available to participating students who are engaged with their teachers in a process of self-reflection and discussions that leads to writing a narrative essay about a significant event - a turning point - in which students organize and express their thoughts about the principles that guide their lives. Professional learning is for English/Literacy, and French teachers. Student submissions are welcome in English and in French.|
|Aisling Discoveries ChildandFamilyCentre||Partners for Success ||The program is designed to promote the healthy development of students and prevent the escalation of mental health difficulties in referred children. The objective is to contribute to the positive mental health of identified students, and to support the development of student’s social, emotional and resiliency skills. Mental health and well-being prevention and intervention activities are designed in consultation with the local Professional Support Services Staff, Principal, and teacher. Professional learning and parent council presentations and workshops on topics relevant to the school community are also available for staff teams, and parents. |
|Humber College||Early Career Pathways in Technology||The program offers inquiry-based and hands-on STEAM workshops for the school community at Gracedale Public School. Audiences are introduced to DASH robots, LEGO Mindstorms and new technologies. Students, teachers and parents have an opportunity to fully explore and innovate using the robotics technologies and learn career pathways in skilled trades of technology.|
|TAIBU Community Health Centre||The PLUG Project||The 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.|
|Griffin Centre||School Focused Workers (SFW)||The School Focused Workers(SFW) program provides an accessible counselling service that takes place in the home, school or community for youth who have been identified by TDSB Social Workers due to mental health issues and other needs that require Griffin Centre supports. SFWs works with the youth and their family to support their optimal functioning and sense of belonging in the school and neighbourhood community, based on goals established within the youth’s treatment plan. SFWs may support the youth to connect with appropriate community resources and services.|
|Drums Et Al||African Drumming, Dance, and Storytelling||The themes of leadership, character development and connection with those around us are explored in these interactive African drumming, dance and storytelling presentation and workshops. African philosophy – Ubuntu – an understanding of ourselves in relation with the world are underpinned in the presentations which are brought to life using songs, music, chants, drumming and story-telling. Workshops provide opportunities for students to further enhance the following skills: hand-drumming technique, West-African dance fundamentals, listening, reflecting and responding, and creating and performing. Presentations are suitable for Black History Month and professional development in drumming may be available. |
|Theatre Direct Canada||In the Centre of it All||Theatre workshops whereby students explore stories, rehearse roles and join in alongside professional actors in performance. Theatre productions are also available, and each year feature a different theme and focus for students. The list of current productions for the year can be viewed at www.theatredirect.ca.|
|Sickkids Centre for Community Mental Health||Mental Health Supports||These mental health workshops focus on enhancing children’s social skills and supporting their emotional needs. Programs are delivered by SickKids CCMH professional staff, guided by research, built on participants’ strengths that help students develop coping skills and strategies. Activities include discussion, role-playing, stories, art work, and others adapted to the needs and skills of the classroom. Workshops include: PEERS Program (Grades 2-8); You Matter: Supporting Mental Health (Grades 5-8); Friends & Feelings Program (Grades 1-2); and Peer Mediation Training. Professional learning may also be available. |
|University of Western Ontario||Masters and Post-Degree Diploma in Foods and Nutrition Field Placements||These programs provide field placement opportunities for Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition students and Post-degree Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training students from Brescia University College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Brescia students who are considering a career in Foods and Nutrition, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a designated TDSB Nutrition Services Supervisor. These placements satisfy course and program requirements for field placement experience, as well as requirements of the Canadian Dietetic Education Regulatory body, the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP).|
|Gillian Brooks and Mariana Gurgis||Dance the Change||This dance workshop uses a humanitarian-based arts educational approach that integrates the performing arts with students learning about local, national, and/or global issues (e.g. homelessness, hunger, child labour, bullying, contaminated water, etc.). Through the use of choreography, character development, and story within a hip-hop and/or musical theatre style of dance, this workshop offers an interactive, creative, and fun way for students to build empathy, express themselves artistically, and learn about global citizenship. If multiple workshops are booked, stories based on the chosen issue will be assigned as exercises for students to write in the point-of-view of a character in the story, further cultivating their compassion and empathy, in addition to their creativity and writing skills.|
|SKETCH Working Arts||Toolbox Initiative ||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 by women identifying 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 electonics and their critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills. The program may culminate in a project showcase to the school community.
|Special Olympics Ontario Inc.||Special Olympics Ontario Schools||This initiative offers competitive and developmental athletic opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities in programming that is exclusively for them or inclusive (unified) for all students. Professional learning sessions for staff are also offered to provide staff with training, support and resources that increase Special Education students’ physical literacy and sport specific skills development. Programming includes: Active Start; FUNdamentals; Youth Multi-Sport; Coaching Young Athletes; Sports Festival; Health Action and My PHAL (Physical Health Active Living). And, athletic competition qualifiers and championships are organized in which student athletes with special needs compete, and opportunities for all students are offered to engage and support their peers with disabilities. See details at www1.specialolympicsontario.com/schools/.
|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.|
|Seneca College||Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
|Griffin Centre||Youth Outreach Workers (YOW) ||This program provides outreach and support for referred youth who are identified as having a dual diagnosis or developmental disability, and who 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. |
|Philip Cote||Indigenous Artist in Education||Through active participation and experiential learning in mural painting, craft making, multimedia and oral traditions of storytelling, students acquire knowledge of Indigenous history, cultural teachings and self-identity. As an Indigenous artist, the purpose of Philip Cote’s research is to unearth, and reveal, his cultural experience and knowledge of signs of Indigenous symbols, language and interpretation. |
|MADD Canada||Impaired Driving School Assembly||Two presentations educate students about the harmful risks associated with substance use and impaired driving. One presentation, “School Assembly” informs students about the real risks associated with alcohol/drug use and driving or being a passenger in a vehicle with an impaired driver. Trained facilitators raise awareness and provide safety strategies so students learn to make wise, safe and healthy choices. For those seeking more information on cannabis and driving a second presentation in a classroom-style format is available called, “Weed Out The Risk”. Following each presentation, trained facilitators and/or MADD representatives will lead a Q&A with students. Presentations may also be delivered in French.
|Kids Code Jeunesse||Code and Create||Unlock creative potential and improve critical thinking in this introductory coding workshop which introduces algorithm literacy, coding concepts, and practices through hands-on activities and exploratory learning. Through computational thinking methods and intuitive drag-and-drop coding, facilitators familiarize students with the micro:bit, a small programmable computer fitted with a variety of sensors, LEDs, programmable buttons, and connectivity options. Additional “extension modules” provide advanced learning for students to program a variety of complex functions. Professional learning is available, and workshops can also be delivered in French.|
|Griffin Centre||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.
|Purple Carrots Drama Studio||Purple Play Space||Workshop uses drama as a tool to promote social and self-awareness skills to all students including those who are neurodiverse. There are two workshop streams: Green and Orange. The Green stream is more suitable for students with lower levels of comprehension, verbal expression and group problem solving skills. The Orange stream is for students who are able to participate in more complex improvisation and discussion of group problem-solving scenarios. All workshops centre around understanding personal feelings and increasing empathy towards others. Through experiential learning such as guided free play, movement, art, acting and relaxation exercises, students improve their confidence, team work, conflict resolution skills and ability to make and keep friends. Facilitators help students talk about feelings, friendships and engage in group problem-solving scenarios.
|Orfe||Eco-Art Program||Workshops and mural projects deliver eco-art education through the learning of experiential, experimental, and hands-on techniques. Students learn the process of recycling materials to be repurposed and used to complete theme-based art projects. Tasked to create both 2D and 3D works of art, students will further enhance their resourcefulness, perseverance, and critical thinking skills, and also learn and improve their understanding of concepts like social and environmental responsibility, sustainability, as well as environmental awareness through their engagement in a creative approach to social change.Creating eco-friendly projects in the classroom by using recycled materials|
|Wordswell Assoc. for Community Learning||Illumine Media Project||Workshops offer an opportunity for student inquiry into the processes and messages embedded in a variety of media. Through facilitated discussions, students analyze the implications of the time in history we’re living in within the broader context of a conversation about their own identity and sense of purpose. Media content created by youth for youth in Toronto neighbourhoods explore themes that include hope, individual and collective growth, community progress, co-operation and competition, service to our communities and choosing our life’s path. Students delve further in the production process and have the opportunity to complete their own digital stories when engaged in a workshop series. Students participate in critical discussions relating to commonly held assumptions about youth and community both through lived experience and representations in narrative media.|
|Rebecca Baird||Traditional Indigenous Art Practices||Workshops 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.
|Veritus Pictures Inc.||Youth Filmmakers Academy||Workshops 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. |