The results are in!
Photo: Zootherapy at Valcartier Elementary CLC. Grade 2 teacher (Emilie Cameron): Students were happy to have their own quiet time with the dog. They found the students felt special that they could read to the dog. It brought their stress level down a lot
A few months ago, (see below) LEARN’s Provincial Resource Team (PRT) engaged in a collaboration with the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) to make a grant available to Community Learning Centres (CLC) to support the implementation of activities, projects and programs that address school-based mental health and wellbeing promotion initiatives.
The projects were developed using the LEARN/CHSSN Action Framework, supporting the well-being of minority English-language youth, schools and communities. Download
In total, 13 projects were funded across the English school boards of Quebec. According to the preliminary evaluations of the projects supported by the CHSSN grant, we can categorize the types of projects into three areas that point towards these areas of support:
- The establishment of mindfulness activities that were previously not available in rural communities, such as yoga at Laurentian CLC and mindfulness at Mecatina CLC.
- The establishment of programs conducted in partnership with a community partner that focussed on social and emotional learning. Examples include:
- Behaviour to animals program called Zootherapy was established at Valcartier CLC which supported students with parents in the military (see photo)
- Verdun CLC expanded a program supported by Collective Community Services (CCS) which according to evaluations contributed to “fewer instances of anti-social behaviour and a greater sense of community and belonging in the schools.”
- Students at James Lyng CLC participated in a partnership with the SPCA Montreal. “Students that participated in the workshops feel more connected with one another as well seem to be better equipped to deal with stressors.”
- Parent workshops and professional learning for teachers, school staff and community partners to take a coordinated approach to addressing mental health issues among youth in the community. For example
- Richmond Regional CLC conducted a workshop for teachers about anxiety in youth, so they can better contribute to healthy relationships
- St Michael’s CLC in Low initiated the 2nd annual youth summit for mental wellness. Students reported “increased awareness of resources when they need help and feeling at ease to ask for it!”
In total 25 Community Partners were engaged in developing or delivering services in collaboration with the CLC.
CLC Magic Stories
What happens when schools, families, and communities come together? We call that CLC magic!
LEARN’s Provincial Resource Team (PRT) is the backbone organization that supports the Community Learning Centres (CLC) Initiative. There are 85 CLC schools and centres in all the Anglophone school boards across the province. The PRT offers professional training and development opportunities to administrators and educators (teachers, support staff), as well as training and networking opportunities for Community Development Agents.
One of the most popular segments of our training days is when school teams share success stories and best practices with their peers. By popular request, the PRT has gathered CLC magic stories from each school board to share. You will find stories that inspire, touch your heart, or inform you of activities and events that you can recreate in your school community.
What does that look like in schools and communities within the CLC network? Click on the stories below to find out!
Student-based Mental Health Initiatives
This year, the Community Health & Social Services Network (CHSSN) is partnering with LEARN’s Provincial Resource Team (PRT) to offer $20,000 in grants. These funds will support student-based mental health initiatives within the Community Learning Centres (CLC) network that are aimed at promoting school-based mental health and well-being initiatives with community partners.
“One in five Canadians live with mental health problems, mental illness or addiction. But the reality is, five in five of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health. We can all benefit from celebrating, promoting and acknowledging the role that good mental health plays in living a full and meaningful life.” (Canadian Mental Health Association)
CLCs across the province are fostering school-community partnerships and collaborating on initiatives that support student and family health and well-being. Each CLC has a Community Development Agent (CDA), who works with local and provincial health services to ensure that families in the community have access to quality services in English.
CLC health and well-being projects range from awareness campaigns and prevention workshops for students and their families to professional development for staff and community partners, and so much more! The network recognizes that the best strategies address every sphere of influence (families, school staff, community partners) centred around the needs of each child. Because schools cannot do it alone, CDAs will be partnering with their local NPIs (English-language health and social service providers) whenever possible or other local health partners.
The Provincial Resource team has consulted with experts in the field of mental health to offer CDAs guidelines and pertinent information about evidence-based practices to promote positive mental health. The PRT maintains and develops partnerships that facilitate and bolster connections between the CLC network and key organizations across the province, such as:
Additional Resources available on LEARN's Mental Health Resources page Go to page
SPOTLIGHT ON OUTSTANDING CLC SCHOOL PRINCIPALS
We are proud to announce that Beryl Boyle, Principal at Gaspé Elementary and Belle Anse Elementary Schools of the Eastern Shores School Board in Gaspé, Quebec, has been named one of Quebec’s Outstanding Principals for 2018.
JANUARY - REGIONAL MEETINGS
The PRT is on the road starting this month, visiting English school boards across Quebec and meeting with Community Learning Centre leadership teams.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMMING
Many Community Learning Centres (CLCs) across the province offer Early Childhood programming for families with children 0 to 5 years old.
COMMUNITY EXCHANGE AT LEARN
On May 31st, the Provincial Resource Team hosted a Community Exchange at LEARN, bringing together 20 provincially and regionally mandated organizations interested in forming school-community partnerships.