Elevate is a programme developed by the FCSS-FESC's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) Committee that will be delivered to Canadian secondary students under two streams to improve outcomes in educational performance through a series of workshops and seminars.
The curriculum for the Elevate Programme has been developed in partnership and consultation with leading organizations, professionals, and experts in the fields of mindfulness, mental health, discrimination, resiliency, and educational accommodations. Sessions under both streams will be delivered by trained students or our partners with emergency contacts available on hand at all times should the need arise.
stream 1: support
The Support Stream focuses on working with students in small group settings to teach them about mental well-being, resiliency, and coping with difficult situations in high school including peer pressure, healthy relationships, academic pressures, identity-based and belief-based discrimination, racism, and several others. Students will also be taught how to seek accommodations and advocate for themselves in their schools, as well as how to make an effective transition from high school to a variety of post-secondary pathways.
The programme is delivered over a two-hour interactive workshop that addresses:
- Basics of everyday mindfulness, deep breathing, and remaining calm in the face of crisis
- Resiliency strategies for how to stay positive and strong in the face of adversity
- Coping with academic pressures and stress, including post-secondary admission prospects
- Accepting mistakes and failure as opportunities for continued growth and personal development
- Dealing with identity-based and belief-based discrimination from peers or trusted figures
- Navigating school and board policies and systems to seek accommodations in the classroom
- Transitioning from high school to different post-secondary pathways and accepting change
There are no restrictions on who may attend workshops under stream 1. We do ask for an emergency contact person in the event you require assistance.
stream 2: advocate
The Advocate Stream addresses a greater number of students in each session and aims to provide students with the necessary resources to recognize, understand, and support other students who may be struggling or in crisis while taking care of their own mental health and well-being. The programme is meant to empower students and community leaders to become resources to their peers by being alert to signs of distress and helping the student seek out appropriate resources and supports that exist within the local school, board, or community.
The programme is delivered over a three-hour interactive workshop that addresses:
- Common signs of distress among students and typical causes of crisis
- Specific resources available in each community where the workshop is delivered
- Being an upstander in the face of racism, identity-based, or belief-based discrimination
- Helping students remain calm in the face of crisis (breathing, mindfulness, etc.)
- Directing students to seek support or other community resources
- Helping others while taking care of their own mental health
- Recognizing signs of suicidal thoughts or ideation*
- How to handle signs of suicide ideation and to seek out appropriate support*
* only for students who are 16 years of age or older and have consent from a parent/legal guardian/caregiver to participate in the workshop.
Students who complete Steam 1 will be provided with a list of resources in their school, board, and community and can utilize resources from Project Demystify to seek accommodations in school.
Students who complete Stream 2 will receive a certificate of competition that remains valid for two years and will be provided with a list of resources in their community to use when assisting others.