COMMUNITY: Celebrating Orange Shirt Day

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About Orange Shirt Day Three years ago, Williams Lake, British Columbia hosted a memorial event for the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) School. Former students were given a chance to share their memories from their time at residential schools, and the community took a step toward reconciliation by acknowledging and honouring their experiences. One student, Phyllis, told a story of having …

RESOURCE: Teen Mentoring Toolkit Live!

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Safe and Caring is very excited to announce provincial release of the Teen Mentoring Toolkit (TMT). The Teen Mentoring Toolkit is a no-cost online resource that provides schools and community agencies with the opportunity to build or enhance quality mentoring programs. Teen Mentoring engages junior and high school aged youth as mentors to younger students in creating a welcoming, caring, respectful …

FOCUS ON: Supporting Alberta’s Homeless Youth This Season of Caring

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December’s Guest Perspective is by: Rohan Nuttall, Director of “Through My Eyes” and Youth Advisor to the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities. Rohan is also the 2014 recipient of the HEROES of a Safe and Caring World Youth Impact Award (Northern Region). Cozy fires, freshly wrapped gifts, the sweet aroma of pine needles and rich cooking. That’s …

YOUTH PARTNERSHIPS: Reframing the Word “Bullying”

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by: Dada Alice Mwemera and Ben Tsang, Youth Engagement Coordinators “Bullying” is a word without much strength behind it today. In the past, I have personally shared my concerns about bullying with an adult and their reply would often be “it will get better,” “it is part of growing up,” or “sometimes you just don’t get along with everyone.” This …

COMMUNITY: Through My Eyes Film Premiere

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by David Rust, Director of Community Partnerships at Safe and Caring While Alberta has benefited from extraordinary economic times, prosperity has not reached all citizens. The City of Edmonton is committed to addressing the issues of poverty and homelessness, shifting the focus from a charity model to one based on investment. Through My Eyes ​​is a film and collaborative initiative created …

GUEST POST: Calling All Student Leaders!

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Guest Post by: the Alberta Education Speak Out Team Alberta Education recognizes that students have a valuable perspective when it comes to their education.  Speak Out – the Alberta Student Engagement Initiative is committed to supporting students and schools in increasing Alberta youth’s engagement in their education and improving student learning experiences, both at the local and provincial levels. Through …

COMMUNITY: Centre High & Safe and Caring

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What are basic human rights? How do students’ cultural backgrounds impact their sense of  belonging at school and with their peers? Students from Edmonton’s Centre High campus, in collaboration with Safe and Caring, are exploring this issue  by participating in the youth action project “Violence and Bullying Prevention Through Human Rights Education.” Funded by the Alberta Human Rights Multiculturalism Fund, …