|NEW PROGRAM BRIDGES ALTERNATIVE AND YOUTH SECTORS|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 11, 2016 – Under the guise of the Student Services Department, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has initiated a pilot project intended to build a relationship between the alternative and youth sectors aiming at promoting self-esteem, empathy and personal growth amongst all students involved.
Standing Tall: Walking Towards a Better Tomorrow is built around students from the EMSB’s Alternative system working with students primarily with special needs in the youth sector. The first iteration of this initiative features Noah Davidson, a Secondary V student from Perspectives II High School in St. Michel working with students from Dalkeith Elementary School in Anjou and Nesbitt School in Rosemount.
Organized by Spiritual Community Animator Vince Lacroce and Autism Spectrum Disorders Consultant Tania Piperni, the program will allow for Davidson to assist the school behaviour technicians and child care workers in working with students on such things as team building skills, social skills, and peer mediation.
Davidson will be present in the classroom under the guidance of childcare workers and behaviour technicians as well as during unstructured times such as recess and lunch. Continued educational resources and mentorship will be provided for Davidson from the Student Services department in order to help facilitate more activities with the students.
At Dalkeith Elementary School, Noah Davidson will be working with childcare workers Kyle Stanley and Anna Maria Di Maulo and at Nesbitt School he will be paired with Bob Plunkett.
Michael J. Cohen