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The Community-Schools Partnership department supports several programs run by external organizations. These programs include:
Big Brothers is a program that looks to enhance the self-esteem and school interest of the participating elementary school children who are disengaged and have limited connections with others at home, school or in the community. The program looks to recruit and train high school mentors to provide one-to-one support within the program.
Big Brothers matches male and female mentors to the elementary students based on interests and skills sets. They participate in friendship based activities such as arts, crafts, board games, sports and buddy reading. The program takes place once-a-week after school for much of the school year (Oct-June).
Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is a mentoring program designed to encourage physical activity participation, healthy eating choices, and the development of a positive self-image, among girls ages 11 to 14, in grades 6, 7 and 8. In addition, the program strives to achieve the following key objectives:
Go Girls! incorporates fun, educational games and activities to stimulate mentor and participant relationship-building, as well as self-reflection and group discussions about healthy living and emotional, social and cultural issues.
DigitaLENS stand for: Digital Literacy Education for Novice Storytellers. The DigitaLENS Club is a one-afternoon-a-week after-school program for Surrey youth to learn digital storytelling skills and to plan, design, and produce their own digital storytelling movie. The Surrey seen in the news does not represent the reality of life for youth in Surrey. A desire to change mass media stereotypes was the inspiration for the DigitaLENS Club.
Students don’t need any experience but a passion for storytelling, photography and an interest in social justice causes are helpful. The program will provide a computer lab for students to edit their work, as well as audio equipment and recording booths to record audio.
Canadian Diabetes Food Skills for Families is a healthy eating program that aims to teach and encourage healthy cooking in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The program strives to enhance cooking confidence and skills with a focus on improving healthy eating choices and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, including workshops around budgeting and shopping efficiently and effectively. The program features a best practice core curriculum to assist Aboriginal, Punjabi, new immigrant and low income participants to make healthy food decisions.
Media Minds is a digital literacy project that aims to help English language learners between grades 6 and 8 by using videography as a tool to creatively learn and practice English. The goals of this program are to enhance students' storytelling abilities through audio-visual aids and to increase their teamwork and communication skills.
With the help of "Media Mentors" from Enactus SFU, students will create short films and plan a community screening night for their projects that is held at SFU Surrey. Students will learn and practice different videography skills such as: storyboarding, lighting, sound, filming and basic editing software. Students should expect to improve interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills through a curriculum that encourages the use of English.
Racing Readers is a program created in partnership with the Surrey School District and the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre. This after-school program is designed to fill the need for an increased level of physical activity and literacy skills among children in grades 3-5.
Racing Readers operates at Newton Elementary School once per week for two hours on Wednesdays after school from October to June. The program seeks to improve the well-being of students in physical, educational, and social areas. Students are lead through the program by high school, university and adult mentors who will foster companionship, support, discipline, and learning.
Throughout the program, children will participate in physical activities, reading and writing exercises, and will be served a healthy snack. At the end of the program, students will have the opportunity to celebrate their progress and success in both the physical and literacy aspects of the program.
Students at Newton Elementary are racing toward becoming better readers – and more – thanks to regular visits by students from Simon Fraser University. Racing Readers is a pilot program developed through SFU Surrey's TD Community Engagement Centre and the Surrey School District.
- Racing to Read, by Sheila Reynolds, Surrey Leader
The ‘SCOUTSabout’ Program is a non-formal theme-based, structured play program for students aged 5-12 years old. The premise of the program is to help build a safe environment for children to grow and develop their confidence, leadership skills, and friends through fun fast-paced activities. The program emphasizes many of Scouts Canada’s practices and methods.
Youth learn to play a constructive role in becoming community leaders in their school and the broader community as they learn to promote and care for the environment and community. This is a progressive self-education program which includes learning via group membership, stimulating theme-based programs and activities, commitment to the values of doing ones best, becoming a contributing member of the community, and respecting and caring for others.
The program takes place one day a week during the lunch hour for approximately 45 minutes per day over the course up to 10 weeks in three seasonal sessions.
That’s Just Me and Boys 4 Real, the YWCA’s youth education programs for Grade 7 girls and boys in Surrey, are after-school programs that strengthen the social and emotional health of young women and men and help them successfully transition from elementary to secondary school.
That’s Just Me aims to reduce violence against women by developing resiliency, confidence, and social responsibility in girls, while Boys 4 Real promotes self-awareness and self-esteem in boys.
Both programs foster mutual respect between boys and girls as equals. They encourage girls and boys to work together to assume responsibility for social and community issues.
The programs are delivered after-school over an eight-week period. Each program is facilitated by two university or college students, a high school mentor and an adult volunteer with life or career experience known as a Wisdom Champion Mentor.
The programs run once in the fall and once in the Spring at schools in Cloverdale, South Surrey and White Rock. Fall sessions run from mid-October to mid-December; spring sessions run from late February to mid-April.