Great FREE Workshops for Educators, Front-Line Staff and Volunteers - *March/April Calendar*

March 2, 2021


Hello partners, educators, front-line staff and volunteers,

We hope this email finds you healthy and safe amid the on-going pandemic. With varying levels of lockdowns taking place across the country and a possible third-wave of COVID-19 variants on the horizon, we know that schools, organizations and community-based programs are continuing to pivot to virtual programming and/or finding ways to establish safe in-person alternatives for children, youth and students across Canada. At Jays Care we know how hard front-line staff, coaches, volunteers and educators work to create safe and positive experiences for Canadian children and youth. That’s why we deliver trainings and provide resources to help make the work you do easier.

 

CLICK HERE: Check out the calendars linked here to see when we are offering each session and to access the links to register.

 

Here’s what we are offering:

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING BASICS:

These workshops are designed for educators and front-line workers who are new to leading classrooms or programs virtually using platforms like Google Classrooms, Zoom and Teams.

SAFE-DISTANCING & VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES:

These workshops are designed for educators and front-line workers who are seeking fun and engaging activities to get youth safely moving and grooving in-person or online.

INCLUSIVE PROGRAMMING:

These workshops are designed for educators and front-line workers who are seeking to create safe, fun, and inclusive in-person or virtual environments for a variety of youth.

CHILD PROTECTION & TRAUMA-INFORMED PROGRAMMING:

These workshops are designed for educators and front-line workers who are seeking to create safe and trauma-informed classrooms or programs

ZOOM 101 (1 HOUR)

Using Zoom to lead virtual programming and feeling unfamiliar with the platform? This session helps participants enhance their confidence in all of Zoom’s most essential features for leading virtual programming.

 

 

MAKING IN-PERSON PHYS-ED AND DPA COVID-SAFE AND FUN (1 HOUR)

Looking for quick and easy activities to play with children while maintaining safe physical distancing? This active and informative session will lead you through a variety of techniques and activities to make your in-person physical programming safe and fun!

 

CREATING INCLUSIVE AND COVID-SAFE IN-PERSON PROGRAMS (1 HOUR)

Learn how to create safe, inclusive, and fun in-person programming, through a series of strategies and adapted activities that will get every child, regardless of ability, active and moving this year! Program leaders will leave this workshop feeling confident, equipped and excited to test out 10 new strategies to create safe, COVID-friendly spaces for individuals living with disabilities and beyond.

 

TRAUMA: HOW IT AFFECTS THE BODY    

(1 HOUR)

This session is designed to help participants understand how traumatic events in young people's lives can leave lasting effects on their bodies and their brains, resulting in symptoms of complex behaviours that are hard to manage or predict.  Understanding how trauma impacts the body even after the traumatic event, can aid educators, programmers, and front-line workers in becoming more proactive in their practice and lead to less misdiagnosis of the children and youth they are working with. 

VIRTUAL BEST PRACTICES

(1 HOUR)

This active and fun session works through the top 8 tips for making virtual programming work for children and youth. It includes lots of practical activities and examples that can help inspire you to make your virtual programs and classrooms engaging, fun and memorable.

 

 

LEVELLING UP YOUR PROGRAM  (1 HOUR)

Looking to get youth engaged and having fun in your virtual classrooms or programs? Come learn some wacky and unique activities you can incorporate into your sessions to make your programming memorable, interactive and fun!

 

 

CREATING INCLUSIVE VIRTUAL CLASSROOMS AND PROGRAMS (1 HOUR)

Trying to find ways to engage and include some of your participants with disabilities online?  Learn how to create fun, safe, and inclusive virtual environments for youth of all abilities, by exploring 12 innovative strategies that include adapted activities, using inclusive language effectively online and a variety of communication and behaviour management tools designed for student success.

 

TRAUMA: ADOPTING A TRAUMA LENS  

(1 HOUR)

Whether you are teaching a classroom full of students, facilitating a program online, or a frontline worker join us to enhance your knowledge and experience creating safe spaces for children and youth who have been affected by trauma. Using a trauma-informed and play-based approach, you will leave this session feeling equipped with the tools needed to foster safe and meaningful connections, enhance resiliency, and provide opportunities to identify and connect with children and youth who are in need of your support. 

 

LET’S GET PHYSICAL (1 HOUR)

Want to get kids moving? Learn through playing close to 30 physical activities that you can use to keep kids engaging, laughing and physically active in your virtual programs.

 

 

DESIGNING GIRL-CENTRED SPACE (1 HOUR)

Using researched best practices, this engaging session focuses on key considerations that support safer, more welcoming and increasingly fun spaces for girls to participate and engage with programming. Walk away with easy tips and tricks you can implement in active programs and/or a classroom setting.

CHILD PROTECTION (1 HOUR)

Understanding the risks associated with youth programing is extremely important. This session will cover how to keep youth safe in online and in-person environments and will equip caring adults with the tools and resources they need if they need to intervene to ensure a child’s safety.

 

 

* Resources: All participants who attend will receive 1+ resources filled with activities and/or key information discussed throughout the workshop.

 

Why is Jays Care doing this? 

Jays Care has, for years, supported educators and front-line workers. But now, in the midst of COVID-19, we want to double-down that support. This summer, we helped more than 14,000 children access dynamic virtual programming, and another 10,000 children access safe in-person programming. We learnt a lot in the process and have a ton of great tools to share that can make life a little easier for everyone who is trying to support kids this year.

 

Please feel free to share these opportunities with your networks. Each workshop and resource is designed to support the educators, staff and volunteers who are working tirelessly to make life a bit easier and safer for children across the country. All are welcome to register and attend.

 

All the best,

Jays Care Foundation

 

 

 

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MANAGER, GENDER EQUITY PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES – JAYS CARE FOUNDATION

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