Paul Brian/Western Review
Monday, October 28, 2013 10:18:20 MDT AM
The Council for Boys and Young Men is all about not only what it means to be a boy, but also what it means to be comfortable in your own skin.
Now the program has been implemented by teacher Jeff Crawford for boys in his Grade 6 class at Evergreen Elementary School starting around a month ago.
“I actually first starting working with an idea similar to this program a few years back, when a teaching partner and myself were given a program very much like this one,” Crawford explained. “In Grade 6, I find the students are really starting to examine their own identities, and start to really develop into the people they are going to grow up to be. A big part of this also revolves around the idea of looking at the differences between boys and girls.”
The Boys Council course is structured to last around 10 weeks, with a one-hour lesson per week involving discussion, activities and instruction.
Aim for Success Project Co-ordinator Chris Lees, who taught the Boys Council program the past two years at Evergreen Elementary last year and Eldorado Elementary the year before, feels the program serves a vital role in helping boys.
By Lesley Allan, Drayton Valley Western Review
Monday, April 2, 2012 9:52:25 MDT AM
At some point in life everyone will have to deal with some sort of mental health issue, whether it's depression or the loss of a loved one, and that's why Aim for Success (AFS) focuses on teaching youth the skills necessary to handle these times.
As part of their initiative AFS hosts a variety of fun educational programs and on Mar. 29 they held their first spring break session called Art of Mental Wellness.
"[Today] is helping youth to develop really positive mental wellness skills by connecting them to local community resources and community interest groups," says Christopher Lees, project coordinator for AFS. "We really believe that by helping youth, children and families to be connected to their community we help them become successful and more resilient to mental health issues."...
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Thank you to all of our collaborators and partners who help to make these event possible. Aim for Success would also like recognize those community members who attended out camps, learning sessions and seasonal events.