Moorelands’ after school programs leadership training:
“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already” John Buchan
At Moorelands we believe in our program staff; they are an integral part of Moorelands’ after school programs. Over multiple training sessions in September, our staff team for the 2016/2017 after school program year came to learn how to be Moorelands leaders.
Our after school programs leadership training is intensive, instructive but let’s not forget super fun! We model what we expect of our program leaders: that they will be able to help participants grow in skills and character through fun activities.
After School Programs Leadership Training
At Moorelands we are intentional. We intend that children will gain skills, experience personal growth, gain confidence and make friends because they have been to Moorelands.
Therefore we require that our staff leaders be intentional too. We train them to plan activities with a purpose, create teachable moments and maximize the opportunities Moorelands has to positively influence the children and youth we serve.
For example, a cooking lesson is never just a cooking lesson at Moorelands BLAST. Sure, participants learn to follow a recipe, but they also learn to communicate, listen, work with a group, take direction and focus on safety, practice patience, build self-efficacy and self-control. These are the skills they take home with them and use all their lives.
Moorelands is rigorous in our program evaluation and our programs are assessed by the High Five framework. At training, we deliver a High Five training program called Principles of Healthy Childhood Development. This program provides in-depth training in the HIGH FIVE Principles of healthy child development so our program staff leaders understand what they need to do to ensure each child’s social, emotional and cognitive needs are met. In their learning, staff focus on 5 principles: A caring adult, Friends, Play, Mastery, Participation.We’re so excited about the excellent staff team that we have in place for the 2016/2017 after school program year. We know that they are going to be fantastic role models for Moorelands’ participants; helping them know, grow and show the leadership habits and character qualities our programs help develop.
We’d also like to say a big THANK YOU to Scotiabank who fund our after school programs leadership training for staff. Thank you for helping us help kids!