Youth
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Youth-led, interactive assemblies and workshops for primary grades to post-secondary.

Summary

Engaging, youth-led assemblies or presentations where trained youth speakers share their personal stories, self-care strategies and learning components on relevant mental health topics.

Mental Health & Wellness

This youth-led interactive presentation engages youth through personal stories shared by trained youth speakers. Interactives on mental health and wellness are incorporated to provide a positive platform to discuss challenges and coping tools. Youth speakers bring strong messages of hope, resilience, inclusivity, and empowerment.

Empowering Minds for New Times

This youth-led interactive presentation will bring to your virtual space important conversations on topics such as loneliness, anxiety about the future and ways to build resilience during difficult times. It includes personal stories of lived experience during the pandemic and steps youth speakers have taken to integrate self-care practices that work for them. They will also share evidence-based coping strategies that help with managing mental health challenges to build resilience and hope for the future!

Bullying Prevention

This youth-led interactive presentation engages youth through personal stories shared by trained youth speakers. The content of this presentation will be geared towards the specific age group. Activities on mental health and wellness are incorporated to provide a positive platform to discuss challenges and coping tools. Youth speakers bring strong messages of hope, resilience, inclusivity, and empowerment.

Inclusivity

Anti-Racism | Anti-Homophobia | Anti-Xenophobia

This youth-led interactive presentation helps students understand inclusivity. Youth speakers share personal stories about their challenges with being accepted for who they are and share a message of empowerment and hope. Students will better understand what they can do to step up in their community and actively create a more inclusive environment with their peers.

Substance Use

This youth-led interactive presentation helps students understand Substance Use, Addiction and Wellness. Youth speakers share personal stories about their challenges with being accepted for who they are and share a message of empowerment and hope. Students will better understand what they can do to step up in their community and actively create a more understanding environment with their peers.

Online Overdrive

This one-hour assembly will provide students with a deeper look into the impact that online use may have on their mental health and overall well-being. Youth Speakers sharing their personal stories of how online use affected their self-esteem, choices, social groups, and self-concept. Students will leave with a greater understanding of the choices they are making online and how to interact and use technology in a healthier way.

School Survival Guide

Youth-led interactive assembly will prepare students for their transition from elementary into secondary school to support their mental health, overall well-being, and to create a sense of belonging. Youth speakers will share personal stories and experiences along with meaningful tips. Students will be provided with a better understanding on how they can navigate their way through these foundational years and create a safe environment for academic success.

Empowering Young Women

Youth-led interactive assembly will help young women learn about Women’s Empowerment. Youth speakers will share personal stories about their challenges being accepted for who they are and share a message of empowerment and hope. Young women will better understand what they can do to empower themselves.

Boys As Allies

 Youth-led interactive assembly will help boys and gender-diverse youth learn and understand the importance of being an ally to their peers. Youth speakers will share their personal stories about their challenges to be their authentic selves and how they have redefined their ideas of what masculinity is. Youth will leave with a deeper insight on their identities and how they can help and stand up for their peers. 

Building-A-SelfCare-Toolkit

(Grades 2-3)

An interactive program that is designed to introduce primary aged children to emotions, feelings words and coping tools. Participants will follow along on a forest adventure with Skippy and Rory. As they face obstacles, they will use tools they collect along the way. Skippy and Rory will use teamwork to overcome and work through these challenges to make it through the forest. Participants will learn coping skills and strategies to use in their lives when they face challenges and obstacles. 

Confident Me

In Partnership with Plan International Canada

This workshop provides students ages 10-14, with the skills, knowledge, and resiliency they need to develop strong body confidence and self-esteem. The workshop will aim to address the negative stereotypes and prescribed gender roles depicted and offer more positive examples and is intended to: 

• Empower young people to identify image manipulation/altering and appearance ideal pressures in media, including social media 

• Participants will also develop awareness of harmful gender norms and beauty ideals, often rooted in colonialism and racism

• And provide the knowledge and resources to combat these forces by positively supporting the development of strong self-esteem and body confidence

Public Speaking Workshop

This interactive two-session workshop will focus on discovering personal strengths, building self-confidence, and providing a safe and fun environment to practice public speaking skills. Within the context of a youth-friendly and engaging format, Youth Speakers will share their skills on how to access their inner voice to effectively communicate with their audience.

Post-Secondary Presentations

Youth-led interactive presentation will help students deepen their understanding specific to the topic chosen for this presentation. Various topics include: Mental Health & Wellness; Empowering Minds for New Times; Empowering Young Women; Anti-Racism; Anti-Homophobia; Anti-Xenophobia. Youth speakers will share personal stories about their challenges with being accepted for who they are and share a message of empowerment and hope. Students will leave with a greater understanding of what they can do to step up in their community and actively create a more understanding environment with their peers.

Consulting/ Coaching

Our team offers consulting and coaching on a range of topics:

  1. Public Speaking
  2. How To Share an Impactful Story (Story Arc)
  3. Program Development for various age groups
  4. Youth Leadership / Engagement

 

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