Âé¶¹ÊÓÆµ’s urban campus is closely connected with the broader Toronto community.
Students strengthen these connections through weekly community outreach and community building programs. These programs give students the opportunity to understand firsthand how certain social issues can impact members of our community differently, and to see how getting involved in their community can make a positive impact.
Our goal is to help students appreciate the value of giving because they want to, not because they have to. While all students in Ontario must complete at least 40 hours of service to graduate from high school, Âé¶¹ÊÓÆµ students can proudly claim many hours beyond that minimum. Though participation in the program is only required in Grades 7 and 8, the majority of students carry on their involvement throughout high school.
Here's a sample of the service learning programs Âé¶¹ÊÓÆµ offers:
Community Building: Grade 7 and 8 students work on grade-specific programming and collaborative projects, learning about a variety of social issues such as food insecurity, youth homelessness and sustainability and stewardship.
Camp Maple Leaf: Students create craft kits and activities for campers; Camp Maple Leaf serves children from Canadian Military families as well as children and families with unique life challenges.
Hockey HEROS: Âé¶¹ÊÓÆµ students work with younger students from Regent Park, helping them to develop their hockey skills while acting as supports on and off the ice.
Lescon After School: Lescon Public School is a small school located in North York that brings in many different catchment areas. This after-school club program brings students and volunteers together to play, learn and build relationships.
Youth Without Shelter Brown Bag Lunches: Supporting a youth shelter in Etobicoke, students work weekly to create healthy brown-bagged lunches. Participants create meal plans, make lunches and learn more about food insecurity in the city.
"I loved raising awareness for childhood cancer. I really do care about Childhood Cancer Canada and the kids it supports, so I wanted to help make [the program] the best it can be. How the school facilitates opportunities for kids to get involved in the community is really amazing.”
We acknowledge with gratitude the Ancestral lands upon which our main campus is situated. These lands are the Ancestral territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Anishinabek and the Wendake. The shared responsibility of this land is honoured in the Dish with One Spoon Treaty and as settlers, we strive to care for the land, the waters, and all creatures in the spirit of peace. We are responsible for respecting and supporting the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. When away from this campus we vow to be respectful to the land by protecting and honouring it. We will create relationships with the people and the land we may visit by understanding the territories we enter and the nations who inhabit them.