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September is here and Alberta students are heading back to class, but students under the age of 12 are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. While masks, physical distancing and other public health policies are fairly straightforward to apply in many classes, Physical Education brings unique challenges: masks are not worn during moderate-to-vigorous…

ACKNOWLEDGING THE PAST THAT ENSURED OUR FUTURE

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BEAUTY AND STRUGGLE: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY 2021

Written by Sandra Lamouche June is National Indigenous History Month, and June 21 of this year marks the 25th year of celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. With over 300 First Nations, Metis and Inuit nations we have a lot to celebrate! As an award winning educator and a champion women’s hoop dancer, this is…

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CRAFTING MEANINGFUL LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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MOVE YOUR BODY, GROW YOUR BRAIN

It’s no secret that physical activity boosts brain health: just read the 2018 ParticpACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth! While we all know that movement can help our children and youth learn better, oftentimes we find it hard to prioritize physical activity. Teachers might have curricular outcomes to focus on, out-of-school…

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Youth Wellness Leader Certification

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Building on the existing Miyomahchihowin (In Good Health) portfolio, Ever Active Schools has created the Youth Wellness Leader Certificate: the first-of-its-kind youth-focussed equity, diversity, and inclusion leadership training to be recognized by recreation and human services employers across Alberta.

This program offers low-barrier training to youth seeking local employment in the areas of after-school and summer recreation programming. The goal is to address youth barriers to both graduation and employment by working with school jurisdictions to support credit-earning, providing equitable access to industry-standard certifications, and working directly with employers to support equitable hiring practices for youth.

With a focus on fostering equity and belonging through physical activity, this certificate will open doors to employment for youth through nationally recognized training in HIGH FIVE’s Principles of Healthy Child Development and Ever Active Schools’ physical literacy and equity, diversity and inclusion training. Through funding from RBC Future Launch, we are able to offer certification to more than 300 youth during the 2021-2022 school year.

Interested in bringing this certification to your community? Contact Jamie Anderson.

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