Collective Community Services (Montreal)

The Friendship Club


The Friendship Club is a social skills development program that promotes positive social interaction and an understanding of emotions, listening, friendships, and play. Topics in the curriculum can include (but are not limited to):

Important Details:

Duration: Once per week for 8-10 weeks
When: In-class, at lunch, or after school
Who: Children in grades 1-6 (entire classes or groups of selected students)
Methods: Arts-based activities, group cooperation games, story-telling, discussion, and role playing exercises
Facility: Classroom or rec space in school with space for group activities

For the school community, the Friendship Club:

  • Teaches skills that may not be included in the school curriculum
  • Empowers students to deal with their emotions and issues before seeking help
  • Reduces incidents of expressive behavior
  • Contributes to the development of a peaceful atmosphere at their school

For the students, the Friendship Club:

  • Teaches skills and strategies to employ in their classroom, playground, and home
  • Helps students gain a greater understanding of themselves and others
  • Teaches simple ways children can work together to build positive relationships

Conditions for a successful implementation:

  • Support from school community (administration, teachers, and support staff)
  • Integration of the program within the school’s schedule and climate
  • Belief in the program and fostering a sense of accomplishment for the students

Contact

For more information on Youth programs or to bring The Friendship Club to your school, please contact: Cory Maguire

Manager, Youth & Camp Services
Telephone: 514-937-5351 ext 246

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The Lion's Roar

The purpose of The Lion’s Roar program is to establish an understanding of specific social issues that children may face in the world around them. The Lion’s Roar is a discussion and activities based program that allows children to share ideas and provide them with various coping strategies to these specific social issues. Topics addressed in The Lion’s Roar program include:

Bullying
Asking for Help
Confidence
Problem Solving
Recognizing Personal Skills
Future Goals
Recognizing Stress
Mindfulness and Meditation
Leadership
Teamwork

The Lion’s Roar addresses these issues by using different animals and their characteristics as a way to aid in the connection to social issues. In doing so, it allows for a more interactive and engaging approach for children to understand these issues.

Important Details:
Duration: Once per week for 4 weeks; 4 sessions total
When: In-class
Who: Grades 1 to 4
Methods: Discussions, art-based activities, and interactive group activities

For the school community, The Lion’s Roar:

  • Addresses and discusses ideas and issues that may not be addressed in school curriculum
  • Allows for the development of a positive environment within the classroom and school

For the students, The Lion’s Roar:

  • Creates a space for children to collectively share their ideas and experiences
  • Empowers students to better understand their own emotions and abilities
  • Presents the opportunity for students to recognize social issues and choose appropriate coping methods

Conditions for successful implementation:

  • Support from the school community (administration, teachers, and support staff)
  • Integration of the program within the schools schedule and climate
  • Belief in the program and fostering a sense of accomplishment for the students

Girls' Empowerment Program

The Girls’ Group program aims to provide young girls the tools and skills to become leaders in their communities. Girls’ Group provides a designated time for participating girls to participate in activities and have discussions that help them build confidence, gain important social skills, and find new ways to express themselves while having fun!

In Girls’ Group it is important that the participants feel safe in discussing and sharing thoughts, personal challenges, and experiences with their peers and Educator. Topics addressed in Girls’ Group can include:

Being Kind to Others
Asking for Help
Being Kind to Yourself
Self-Esteem
Conflict vs. Bullying
Being a Good Friend
Body Confidence
Future Goals

Important Details:
Duration: Once per week for 8-10 weeks
When: At lunch or after school
Who: Group of 6-10 female-identifying students in grades 4-6: selected students exhibiting difficulties with relationship building and/or self confidence
Methods: Arts-based activities, discussion, group games, journaling

For the school community, Girls’ Group:

  • Can facilitate positive relationship building and address dynamics between students
  • Contributes to developing compassion, respect, and care for other girls at school
  • Aims to reduce incidents of relational bullying and improve self-concept of participants

For the students, Girls’ Group:

  • Develops listening and communication skills through practicing respect of themselves and others
  • Empowers participants to be the leaders in their own learning through journal writing to reflect on group discussions, share stories or express any personal or private concerns to the Educator

Conditions for a successful implementation:

  • Support from school community (administration, teachers, and support staff)
  • Integration of the program within the school’s schedule and climate
  • Access to a classroom or rec space with minimal external distractions; gymnasiums are not ideal

Together Everyone Achieves More

The goal of Project T.E.A.M. is to promote healthy, active lifestyles to youth and highlight the importance of fair play, teamwork, and inclusion when playing sports and games. Learning good sportsmanship means finding the positive attitude learned through sports and games carries over into other areas of life. The benefits of Project T.E.A.M. include:

Improved communication
More motivation
Learning about one’s strengths and weaknesses
Learning effective strategies to deal with challenges
Increased morale and self-esteem
Learning about one’s strengths and weaknesses

This program is often requested as a “Boys Group” to accompany our Girl’s Empowerment Group (see next page). Please note that Project T.E.A.M is also a very successful co-ed program, and that the Youth Educators for the 2019-2020 year are both female.

Important Details:
Duration: Once per week for 8-10 weeks
When: At lunch or after school
Who: Children in grades 3-6: selected students exhibiting difficulties related to fairplay, healthy competition, collaboration, and frustration tolerance
Methods: Sports and collaborative team games

For the school community, Project T.E.A.M.:

  • Offers a constructive activity and space for high-energy students
  • Contributes to developing compassion, respect, and care for other students at school
  • Reduces incidents of expressive behavior in class

For the students, Project T.E.A.M.:

  • Emphasizes building strong relationships through shared interests and playing together
  • Provides a light and adaptive approach to learning new skills and behaviours

Conditions for a successful implementation:

  • Support personnel (intern, teacher, or support staff) present in the space
  • Access to designated gym materials, to be discussed with PE Teacher
  • Project T.E.A.M. requires the use of a gymnasium or large rec room with open space

Transitions to High School

Transitions to High School is a dynamic and interactive program designed to give Grade 6 students the skills to successfully transition to high school. This program addresses study skills in addition to the social and emotional elements of life’s transitions. It can also be tailored to the needs of your students and staff, and can integrate the use of relevant classroom assignments and information about which high schools the students will be attending. Topics addressed include:

Making Friends
Self-Esteem
Time Management
Homework and Test-taking
Peer Pressure
Organization
Stress Management and Sleep
Conflict Resolution
Future Goals
Safe Social Media Use

Important Details:
Duration: The duration of this program can vary between 8-12 weeks
When: In-class
Who: Grade 6; can also be tailored to Grade 5 and Secondary 1
Methods: Discussion, role play, individual and group activities

For the school community, Transitions:

  • Can help keep the current learning environment positive by easing stress students may feel about transitioning to Secondary 1
  • Addresses important topics relating to social and emotional wellness in high school that can’t always fit into elementary school curriculum

For the students, Transitions:

  • Provides a safe and supportive space to express their fears and excitement about high school
  • Empowers participants to be the leaders in their own learning through ongoing feedback about what they think is important to their successful transition
  • Lets students know that they’ve totally got this!

Conditions for a successful implementation:

  • Support from school community (administration, teachers, and support staff)
  • Integration of the program within the school’s schedule and climate

Pink Shirt Day

Dedicated community leaders share their own unique experiences with bullying and share ways that they learned to overcome intimidation.

This year the message of our presentations is the importance of caring for one’s mental and physical health. Generating awareness at full school assembly level, children who have lived with bullying become liberated in knowing they are not alone. Over 800 children benefited from the experience of community leaders in 6 different school wide assemblies across Montreal – gaining awareness, collective preparedness to deal with bullies, and how to take a stand for what is right. Bullies learn that their behavior and actions are unacceptable in their communities.

Please contact Cory Maguire at 514-937-5351 ext. 251 if you are interested in CCS hosting a Pink Shirt Day in your school.