“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”
Role Models in Training: VITAL kids build skills
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.