|Planned Parenthood of Toronto||Sexual Health, Healthy Relationships, and Anti-homophobia Programming||Workshops and resource materials promote sexual health and healthy relationships, and support students in understanding and reducing homophobia. The goal is to provide youth with the information and skills they need to make informed choices for themselves. Facilitators deliver workshops on topics including: Building Healthier Relationships, Healthy Sexuality, Birth Control Options, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexual Readiness, and Safer Sex Negotiation. The Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (TEACH) program delivers peer-led anti-homophobia workshops that encourage youth to think critically about homophobia and heterosexism in their communities and the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer youth.|
|Toronto Performing Theatre Alliance ||Theatre Careers||Working 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”.|
|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.
|Kareative Interlude||Nu Narrative Literacy Empowerment Program||This workshop series supports black and marginalized students to develop their voice, vision and representation by writing, illustrating and creating their own book. The process provides students the opportunity to gain confidence in writing, editing and speaking by sharing their voice, vision and narrative. Students not only enhance their literacy skills but well-being and connection to the community around them. Students are exposed to writing methods, illustration techniques and the overall publishing process. The workshop series culminates with each student authoring a softcover book. |
|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.
|Tricia Bentley||The Little Fig Children's Writing Workshops||This English Literacy writing workshop incorporates individual and group activities to strengthen writing, language, and analytical skills. Some workshops use a narrative, The Hero’s Journey, as a guideline to teach students about story development and encourage them to express themselves to develop their very own story. Other workshops may use the structure of a first person essay narrative to tell the personal story of the student through memoir style writing. For the younger grades, the workshop will consist of creating a story collaboratively and then performing the story in a play-like presentation. During the process students will learn the art of storytelling by establishing the following: Who is the Hero? What does the Hero want? Why can't the hero get what he/she wants? The Facilitator will work with the teacher prior to the first session to establish relevant curriculum related readings and topics for this creative writing workshop.|
|Lumenus Community Services||School Focused Direct Access Workers (SFW)||These specialized Lumenus staff provide an accessible counselling service that takes place in the home, in school or in the community for youth with mental health issues who have been identified and referred by TDSB Professional Support Services. Lumenus staff works with the children/youth and their family/support people to support their optimal functioning and sense of belonging in the school and neighbourhood community, based on goals established within the child/youth’s treatment plan. Students and/or family members have direct access to these resources through established TDSB referral mechanisms; and can access services when on site in school/s. Lumenus staff are also available to consult with school staff, as needed. The School Focused Direct Access Workers may support the children/youth to connect with appropriate community resources and services; and support students during the instructional day to decrease barriers and stigma regarding accessing mental health supports.|
|The Message LLC||The Message Media Literacy Program||The program helps youth tap into the power of mass media by enhancing their media literacy and critical thinking skills. Mass media affects the way we think, feel and act and when used responsibly, present unprecedented opportunities for connecting, sharing and learning. Through in-school and video-conferencing sessions students examine hip-hop & music messages, anti-Black racism, social media etiquette, media ownership, “fake news,” sexism, consumerism, and substance use in popular culture. The goal of the program is to empower students to be responsible adults.|
|Elisabeth Pearson||Food, Nutrition and Mental Health||Students, staff or parent participants learn how to choose foods that optimize brain and gut health, which promotes better mental health, including a significantly lower risk of anxiety and depression. Participants learn how the extensive use of social media promotes poor body image, which leads to poor mental health and an unhealthy relationship with food. Participants learn how the widespread availability and advertising of ultra-processed foods impacts food choice and well-being. |
|Fithop Fitness & Entertainment||FIT HOP||Students' Physical Literacy is enhanced with these workshops that fuse music, spoken word poetry and movement to provide an interactive dance-based fitness program. Students are engaged in individual and group exercises that teach kinesthetic awareness (personal space), mindfulness through breathing and proper postural alignment in exercise. Program uses rhythm and rhyme, song and spoken word poetry to aid students in remembering the dance sequence. At the end of the workshop, students will have an opportunity to showcase their learning in a dance circle. Professional learning workshops are available. FIT HOP is an acronym for functional integrative training and health optimization program.|
|Lumenus Community Services||Community-based Treatment and Support Services||Services offer a continuum of support to select students, their families and care providers. Supports include accessible services that can take place in the home, school, or community and for students whose school or home placement is at risk of breakdown due to mental health and other issues. Lumenus staff work one-one-one with referred students and/or with key adults in the students' lives, to support their optimal functioning based on goals from the students' treatment plans. Lumenus staff connect students and key adults to needed community resources. In particular, the program provides strategies to address difficulties in social, emotional, behavioural, communication, cognitive, learning and/or developmental domains of functioning. Services can include observation and assessment in the home; support and training for parents, teachers and other school staff as needed; and individual student program planning for the classroom and at home, service coordination, and transition support from treatment into classroom setting. Lumenus staff work in collaboration with TDSB Professional Support Services staff in order to facilitate a coordinated service for referred students.
|Lumenus Community Services||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.|
|Global Sunrise Productions Inc.||A Gen Z's Guide to Taking Civic Action ||Presented by the young filmmaker and founder of The Global Sunrise Project, Kasha Sequoia Slavner, this screening of the film, The Sunrise Storyteller, shares her experiences and travels and what it means to be a global citizen while discussing the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). The film is paired with an accompanying workshop, "A Gen-Z’s Guide to Creating Social Change". Students gain a greater understanding of the UN SDG's and how to take action on the issues they care about using the social change formula and action planning worksheets to create their own unique individual action plan. |
|Chartered Professional Accountants||CPA Canada Financial Literacy Presentations||Presentations engage school communities in discussion, case studies and interactive activities that deepen their understanding of financial literacy basic concepts and skills. The following topics are covered: Bartering; Needs and Wants; Goal Setting; Earning Income; Credit Cards and Bad Debt versus Good Debt; and, Budgeting and Savings. Presentations are available in both English and French.
|P.E.A.C.E.||A Piece of P.E.A.C.E.||Motivational workshops and assemblies use hip Hop, spoken word, poetry and other urban art-forms to explore self-expression, leadership, equity and diversity. Sessions provide students an opportunity to express their dreams and ideas in an artistic way through various literary devices and activities including spoken word, poetry writing, and storytelling. The framework focuses on empowering students to make responsible and positive choices toward achieving their goals, following their passions and leading their communities, especially for our Black students. Follow-up workshops provide an opportunity for students to explore additional tools for self-expression. Participants hear from a Black artist's perspective on working in the Arts industry, supporting the community and Arts development. |
|Leslie Kachena McCue||Indigenous Dance Workshops||Leslie McCue shares Indigenous cultural dance styles via a demonstration or interactive workshop, in-person or by video-conferencing. A demonstration provides an overview of the significant dance styles within the Powwow trail, steps, outfits. In the workshops, a variety of social dances are covered including: the round dance, intertribal straight step, crow-hop, double beat, two-step. Students take the time to learn the social dance steps, participate in partner social dancing or just build upon steps to learn a dance art form. Students receive a deeper understanding of the connections between the dances, the earth and living entities, Indigenous pedagogy and gain confidence in taking part in Indigenous social dancing. Professional learning is available for teachers. |
|IndigenEd||IndigenEd||Led by Veronica Johnny, in-person or video-conferencing assemblies and workshops focus on personal healing and growth to help participants tune into their intuition and artistic gifts. As a healer and Two-Spirit musician, Veronica Johnny shares traditional teachings and drum songs on solo hand drum for students to have a better understanding of Indigenous teachings, music and perspectives. Workshops delve deeper into traditional Indigenous percussive techniques, origin of songs, protocols, leading songs and cultural context while providing a safe space for expression and music-making.|
|Edouard Labonte||AmiEdouArt||French and bilingual musical presentation and workshops showcase original songs to enhance the learning of French through a cultural and fun learning experience. Edouard sings, plays the bass guitar, percussion instruments and is accompanied by synthesizer. Presentations include: Chantons avec Edouard, Encompagnie d'Edouard and Reflexion. Students enhance their listening and interaction skills, discuss themes and rehearse song choruses using oral French dialogue. |
|Errol Lee||Errol Lee Caring Concerts||Errol captivates and motivates all learners effectively communicating that each person has unique, inherent value. His motivational programs are specifically designed to teach, nurture, and model positive character traits. All concerts are multi-sensory and use music, movement, media and visual communication strategies to give audiences an experience where students will dance and be inspired to care for others and the environment. All presentations teach kindness, self-confidence, self-esteem and character building catered to each age and stage. Program delivery has been modified for online platforms. These programs are great for character education, anti-bullying, anti-racism, Black History and Pink Shirt Day. |
|Brock McGillis||Be a Rock - Striding Towards Equality||Brock McGillis, the first openly gay professional hockey player, delivers a presentation, in-person or by video-conferencing, that educates students on the importance of their language, impacts of bullying as well as the importance of mental health while advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. The presentation not only shares Brock’s personal story but also educates students on the importance of their language, the impacts of bullying as well as the importance of mental health. Workshops allow Brock to work with students to look at ways to deal with struggles, discuss issues of conformity, masculinity, unconscious biases and employ healthy strategies and empower themselves through acceptance and love for a more inclusive community.|
|Jack.org||Jack Talk||An assembly-style presentation that uses contact-based education and peer-to-peer outreach to teach secondary school students about mental health and how to individually care for it. The professionally-developed curriculum helps audiences to understand what mental health is, how to identify the signs of struggle/crisis, how to seek help, and how to support a friend who may be struggling. Students receive tools, tips, and scripted stories in order to engage students to the topic of mental health. Led by post-secondary youth facilitators trained by Jack.org.
Additional school resources to plan mental health initiatives are available to interested schools.|