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

2015-02-06, 9:20 AM

In the coming weeks, St. Lawrence College Child and Youth Worker students will be running programs in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area, as well as Pathways to Education - Kingston Community Health Centres to engage with, and advocate for, our local youth.

The kick-off event was held on January 30 at the Cataraqui Town Centre where students hosted a booth on the PA day with interactive games and activities for all ages.

On Tuesday, February 10 at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, CYW students will host an evening of interactive activities for youth groups from Immigrant Services of Kingston and Area, New Mentality, Pathways to Education. Following this event, these youth will have the opportunity to share their voice with local youth workers at a forum on Thursday, February 12 at the College.

In conjunction with the national anti-bullying awareness initiative, Pink Shirt Day, third year CYW students have partnered with the Kingston Frontenacs to launch an event at the Rogers K-Rock Centre during their hockey game against the Belleville Bulls on Friday, February 6th to reach members of the Kingston community surrounding this issue. Proceeds from the sale of Pink Shirt Day t-shirts at the game will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston to support the programs they offer that help children, youth and families.

On Pink Shirt Day, February 25, our students are working with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston to host a fun and informative fair for over 150 Boys and Girls Club members at the West End Boys and Girls Club site to creatively empower the children to recognize and advocate for anti-bullying amongst their peers through interactive activities.

“It’s really gratifying to be able to work directly with local youth while we’re in school,” said Chantal Leeman, a student in the CYW program. “This is one of the most rewarding aspects of studying at SLC, being able to put our classroom learning into action.”

The third part of the advocacy program is Preparing At-Risk Youth for Post-Secondary. On February 24th and 25th, the third-year CYW students will welcome a group of area youth for an event called the "SLC Dream 2015.” 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. The program includes engaging interactive activities, introductions to support services, and opportunities to spend the night in residence, and participate in workshops to prepare them for post-secondary. 

“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 CYW program at SLC. “Overall, the aim of this project is to empower these young people to believe that the college dream is for them as well.”


About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 7,000 full-time students, and more than 80,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices we work with thousands of clients annually.

For information:
Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451