THE BREAKTHROUGH PROJECT
This program will seek to provide a safe and reliable space for students that are experiencing difficulty in their classes to be excused and allowed to seek direction and support for behavioral, educational and mental health needs during class time, in an effort to thwart potential suspension, expulsions or non-conformative behavior.
The Breakthrough Program usually takes place 2 days a week, from 10am to 4pm. (i.e. Tuesdays and Thursdays), will continue throughout the school year until June.
The specific population that will served are students in grades 9 through 11 are experiencing difficulty in their classes to be excused and allowed to seek direction and support for behavioral, educational and mental health needs during class time. Special preference will be given to those students are racialized, criminalized, in-risk, behavioral, and students with current Individual Educational Plans (ISP)
The need for this program arises from the fact that more and more, students are in need of additional supports during their class time to allow them to have more success scholastically. However, when the emotional and sometimes, physical baggage that they may bring to a particular class, become barriers to their attainment.
This initiative will support the school improvement plan for student wellbeing, achievement or equity by:
Providing mental health support to those in need
Providing Aggression Replacement Training
Providing behavior modification support
Supporting with conflict resolution and violence prevention
Providing a safe space to speak with a professional youth worker
Providing external resources for employment, housing, income support, counselling, and other resources as needed.
Providing support for life skill development and educational needs
Providing student engagement and opportunities for social interaction and volunteering