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Child and Youth Worker students’ work with local agencies benefits Kingston children

2014-02-20

Throughout the month of February, St. Lawrence College Child and Youth Worker (CYW) students have been running programs in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area, as well as Pathways to Education to engage with, and advocate for, our local youth.

Events kick off with Pink Shirt Day, a nation-wide event during the last Wednesday in February that raises awareness about the issues of social cruelty and bullying in hopes of decreasing its prevalence. This year, Pink Shirt Day will be held on February 26th. SLC students are working alongside the Boys and Girls Club to launch the event at the Kingston Frontenacs game day on February 21st to reach as many people in the community as possible.

“We are also running workshops for children and youth at the various Boys and Girls Club sites throughout Kingston during the month leading up to Pink Shirt Day,” said Adam Lee, a student in the program. “We are advocating for those children and youth who are being bullied and are unable to have their voices heard, encouraging them and others to stand up and stop bullying in its tracks.”

Through the event and workshops, the CYW students are also hoping to gain increased community support for the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area and the programs they offer, in order to help them to continue the work they are doing for the children and youth of Kingston.

As well, on February 24th and 25th, the third-year CYW students will welcome a group of area youth for an event called the "SLC Dream".  This project will allow students involved with Pathways to Education to have the opportunity to prepare for the college experience, as well as identify strategies to barriers and challenges they may face.

“We believe that if youth feel comfortable and learn about supports available at the College, that their post-secondary learning experience will be a success,” said Tanea Fortin, faculty in the Child and Youth Worker program at SLC. “Overall, the aim of this project is to empower these young people to believe that the college dream is for them too!”

Approximately 30 students who are first generation students will be post-secondary bound  this fall, and this local advocacy project recognizes the barriers these youth have faced and aims to provide them with the full college experience. The program includes engaging interactive activities, introductions to support services, and opportunities to spend the night in residence, sit in on class lectures, and participate in a campus-wide scavenger hunt and movie night hosted by CYW Student Representatives.

Finally, the third-year students will host a community service fair for organizations serving children, youth and families in Kingston and the area on February 27th, to showcase services available to them in the community.

The event will consist of numerous networking activities such as a “Business Card Speed Dating Activity” and “Agency Fact Bingo”. There will also be speaker and video presentations given by various agencies in the community and those agencies who have registered will also have their own information booth set up within the event.

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With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451
ltulchinsky@sl.on.ca