VITAL role models in training develop their communication skills

Moorelands’ Role Models In Training

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”   — Anonymous

Role Models in Training: VITAL kids build skills

Role Models: VITAL lessons in communication
Role Models: VITAL lessons in communication

Moorelands runs several after-school leadership programs for kids in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park. We hope that through these programs, our kids will not only have fun and learn important skills but will also connect to great role models in their community. Because of this, Moorelands Youth LED (Lead Excel Demonstrate) for Middle School students and Moorelands VITAL (Volunteers in Training as Leaders) for High School students both have a focus on helping participants become positive role models and leaders in their community.

Great Role Models Need Great Communication Skills

As part of their leadership training, last week our VITAL participants took part in a fun and challenging communication and teamwork activity. Each participant was given an image that was part of a larger story. Without looking at the picture in their hands, they had to then use their leadership skills to get the story in order. Check out the pics of our leaders in action!

Role Modeling Responsibility Through Science

Both our Youth LED and VITAL program participants will eventually go on to volunteer at our BLAST program to further develop and practise their leadership skills while acting as positive role models to the younger BLAST kids.

Meanwhile, BLAST participants have access to great role models in the shape of their wonderful program leaders.  This week, BLAST leaders modeled responsibility and safety through a science experiment. In the Mentos and Coke experiment, BLAST kids explored the structure of making a hypothesis while also learning about the importance of self-control and behaving sensibly during an experiment.

There are still a few spaces left in our BLAST after school programs. To register visit www.moorelands.ca/register.

And don’t forget you can still sign up to adopt a Moorelands family for Christmas in our Adopt-a-Family program.

Have a great week!
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after school programs leadership training

After school programs leadership training

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

Training our Staff Leaders

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After school programs staff team 2016/2017

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.

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all smiles at staff leadership training

Intentional Programming

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.

High Five

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.

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Brain storming in after school programs leadership training

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!

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Building confidence and skills at staff leadership training.
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Fun learning activities in our after school programs leadership training
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Fresh Air Fund, Geoff Morrison as Batman

Being a superhero on a shoestring budget: Fresh Air Fund

After-school Program Head

After-school Program Head

Program Head create a welcoming, safe and positive environment where children aged 6-12 years have fun, make friends and develop life skills. Working with two Program Leaders, Program Head plan and implement snack, activities, visitors and trips for 24 to 27 participants. The After-school Programs are located in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park.
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Hours

  • 18.5 hours per week
  • Program runs from 3 pm – 6pm Monday to Friday starting at the end of September and ending in the middle of June
  • Some additional hours in September for training, during the school year for planning and shopping and in June for clean up
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Responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Leaders to plan and implement fun, educational and skill developing activities (Including crafts, science, cooking, sports, gym games and more!)
  • Create a welcoming, safe and positive environment
  • Plan and prepare a healthy snack
  • Supervise participants and implement the necessary behaviour management strategies
  • Supervise, support and evaluate the Program Leader and volunteers
  • Maintain professional and friendly relations with our Community Partners and the participants’ parents
  • Complete and submit paperwork and reports
  • Manage the budget for program supplies, food and trips
  • Embody and implement Moorelands goals, policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned
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 Qualifications

  • Standard First Aid
  • Principles of Healthy Child Development High 5 certified
  • Food Handling Certificate
  • Have extensive experience working directly with children aged 6 – 12 years
  • Have experience coordinating programs, activities and events
  • Must have the desire and ability to work with children in an indoor and outdoor setting
  • Proven leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Be energetic, enthusiastic, patient and flexible
  • Able to work in team and individual settings
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is an asset
  • Knowledge of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities is an asset

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After-school Program Leaders

After-school Program Leaders

Program Leaders assist the Program Head to create a welcoming, safe and positive environment where children aged 6-12 have fun, make friends and develop life skills. They help plan and implement snack, activities, visitors and trips for 24 to 27 participants. The After-school Programs are located in Flemingdon Park or Thorncliffe Park.

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Hours

  • Up to 15.5 hours per week
  • You need to be available Monday to Friday for this position
  • Training begins in September
  • Program runs from 3pm – 6pm from Monday to Friday starting at the end of September and ending in the middle of June
  • There will be some additional hours  in June for clean up
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Responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Head and other Program Leader to plan and implement fun, educational and skill developing activities (Including crafts, science, cooking, sports gym games and much more!)
  • Help prepare a healthy snack
  • Help supervise participants and implement the necessary behaviour management strategies
  • Support volunteers
  • Maintain professional and friendly relations with our Community Partners and the participants’ parents
  • Complete and submit paperwork and reporting
  • Embody and implement Moorelands goals, policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

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Qualifications

  • Standard First Aid
  • Principles of Healthy Child Development High 5 Certified
  • Experience working directly with children aged 6 – 12 years
  • Must have the desire and ability to work with children in an indoor and outdoor setting
  • Proven leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Be energetic, enthusiastic, patient and flexible
  • Able to work in team and individual settings
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is an asset
  • Knowledge of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities is an asset

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After-school Sports Program Leaders

Sports Program Leaders assist the Program Head to create a welcoming, safe and positive environment where children aged 6-12 have fun, make friends and develop life skills. They help plan and implement snack, activities, visitors and trips for 24 to 27 participants. The BLAST Programs are located in Flemingdon Park or Thorncliffe Park.
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Hours

  • Up to 15.5 hours per week
  • Program runs from 3pm – 6pm from Monday to Friday starting at the end of September and ending in the middle of June
  • There will be some additional hours in September for training and in June for clean up
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Responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Head and other Program Leader to plan and implement fun, educational and skill developing activities (Including crafts, science, cooking, sports gym games and much more!)
  • Take the lead in planning and implementing Physical Literacy Programming
  • Help prepare a healthy snack
  • Help supervise participants and implement the necessary behaviour management strategies
  • Support volunteers
  • Maintain professional and friendly relations with our Community Partners and the participants’ parents
  • Complete and submit paperwork and reporting
  • Embody and implement Moorelands goals, policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

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Qualifications

  • Standard First Aid
  • Principles of Healthy Child Development High 5 Certified
  • Have experience working directly with children aged 6 – 12 years
  • Knowledge in Physical Literacy, sport or coaching an asset
  • Must have the desire and ability to work with children in an indoor and outdoor setting
  • Proven leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Be energetic, enthusiastic, patient and flexible
  • Able to work in team and individual settings
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is an asset
  • Knowledge of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities is an asset

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Visit our Jobs page to see other positions 

New to working at Moorelands?

Returning Moorelands staff?