classroom workshops

The YES workshops (for grade 8-12 students) are interactive and activity-based, focusing on skill development and development of core competencies. Our workshops are presented by charismatic and professional facilitators who make our workshops entertaining, engaging and fun while catering to different learning styles and types of intelligence. They come to this work with an extensive background in facilitation, youth empowerment and skill development.

Some of our pre-programmed workshops are listed below, but we often work with schools and teachers to customize our workshops to better suit the needs of students.

If you have any questions or would like to book a workshop please contact us.

“Both our teachers and students loved the workshops you put on. Engaging, inspiring, fun, and “I learned a lot” were common things I heard from students about the workshops. You are doing important work, keep it going!”

- Jaksun Grice, Principal, Smithers Secondary School, Smithers, BC

“[The YES] workshops were absolutely great! My class thoroughly enjoyed them and thanks for doing such a great job keeping them engaged.”

 - Tammy Gates, Teacher, Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay Secondary School, Masset, BC

The YES is excited to see BC's curriculum include the Core Competencies, as these are learning outcomes we have been working toward for decades. To assist teachers in selecting a workshop to meet their curricular needs, the main Core Competencies addressed in each workshop are outlined in each description.

Program Outlines: 

Co-operation: 

General overview: Cooperation is a fundamental skill to any effective team, and is essential for youth working together in a classroom, on a team or as part of any group. Through challenges and fun games participants will learn the countless benefits of co-operation, while developing stronger social ties to one another and a sense of focus. Participants will also learn the intricate skills of effective meeting skills and teamwork.
Curricular Topics Covered: 

  • Creative thinking: creating and innovating 

  • Communication: connecting and engaging with others, focusing on intent and purpose

  • Collaboration: working collectively, determining common purposes

Recommended for: Planning 10 and Leadership classes


Communication:

General overview: In this workshop participants learn how effectively communicate with everyone from friends and family to potential employers. We break interpersonal communication down into basic components and look at where miscommunications can arise.  Through entertaining and engaging games and activities students will learn how to communicate effectively face-to-face, communicate responsibly in conflict situations, listen well and contribute to group discussions in a positive way. 
Curricular Topics Covered: 

  • Communication: connecting and engaging with others, focusing on intent and purpose

  • Collaboration: working collectively, determining common purposes, supporting group interactions

Recommended for: Grade 9 English, Planning 10, and Leadership classes

 

Self-Awareness:

General overview: The self-awareness session helps students develop a greater understanding of their strengths, beliefs and values. Through games and reflective activities the workshop will help students to explore their personal attributes and gain appreciation for their unique skills, intelligences and the roles they play within larger groups.

Curricular Topics Covered: 

  • Personal awareness and responsibility: self-advocating, self-regulating

  • Positive personal and cultural identity: identifying personal strengths and abilities, recognizing personal values and choices

  • Social awareness and responsibility: building relationships, resolving problems

Recommended for: Planning 10 and Leadership classes

 

Global Awareness:

General overview: Our Global Awareness workshop is focused on creating new perspectives for youth and discussing the state of the global world we live in. Through a visual and participatory demonstration of global population and resource consumption, we take an astronaut’s view of the planet and explore the concepts of inequality, privilege and personal responsibility.

Curricular Topics Covered: 

  • Critical and reflective thinking: questioning and investigating

  • Positive personal and cultural identity: understanding relationships and cultural contexts, recognizing personal values and choices

  • Social awareness and responsibility: contributing to community and caring for the environment, valuing diversity

Recommended for: Social Studies 11 or Social Justice 12 classes

 

Leadership:

General overview: Our Leadership workshops are about dissecting the nature of Leadership, and demonstrating the various styles and roles a leader can embody. Through games, thought provoking activities and discussion participants will learn about the multitude of qualities, skills and techniques leaders rely on. Participants will be empowered to recognize their personal leadership strengths and put them to use by contributing to the communities they are a part of.
Curricular Topics Covered: 

  • Creative thinking: creating and innovating 

  • Critical and reflective thinking: analyzing and critiquing, questioning and investigating 

  • Communication: connecting and engaging with others, focusing on intent and purpose

  • Collaboration: working collectively, determining common purposes, supporting group interactions

Recommended for: senior leadership classes

Workshop Details:
 

  • 1-2 hour block of time needed, adaptable to fit school schedule

  • Maximum 40 students per workshop, can accommodate numbers outside this range with notice

  • Whiteboard, chalkboard, or flipchart required (no projector needed)

  • Room requirements: space for activities and group circles is necessary, tables and desks not necessary

 

Rates:
 

  • In-town workshop rate: $350 per workshop (two facilitators), travel fees may apply; $600 for a half day and $1000 for a full day (maximum of 4 workshops)

  • Out-of-town workshop rates: minimum half-day $750, full day $1200 (maximum of 4 workshops), travel fees will apply

  • If cost is a factor for accessibility, please let us know as we may be able to subsidize the cost

Thank you to Coast Capital Savings for their generous support of our school programs in 2019, allowing us to provide workshops to over 2000 students across BC.

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The YES is grateful to work on Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Homelands and run camp programming on the lands of the Lake Cowichan First Nation

Mailing address:

 

PO Box 45033

Victoria, B.C.

V9A 0C3

Contact information:

Phone: 604-960-1377

Email: info@theyes.ca

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