Fall 2016 Newsletter

 

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Organizational Update: Breaking Records

Licensed to Learn is experiencing unprecedented growth. By every metric we can evaluate program growth L2L is hitting new heights never before reached. As of today 56 programs and 2,052 total students have registered with L2L from across 10 different school boards in the GTA. These figures represent a whopping increase of 143% more programs and 136% more students over this time last year. Based on these numbers L2L is projecting to have programs in over 100 schools by the end of the school year for the first time in the organization’s history.

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Summer 2016 Newsletter

Summer learning, had us a blast!

School may be out, but L2L is working hard to ensure learning opportunities continue through the warm weather. Here are a few of the exciting learning initiatives we've been working on recently:

Summer Program

This July, L2L was involved in a summer program hosted at Emery Collegiate Institute in Toronto, the first of its kind for L2L. Julio Sousa, one of our L2L trainers supervised the program, which engaged elementary school students in activities related to literacy, numeracy, and life skills aimed at assisting students with the transition to high school and allowing older students to obtain high school credits.

L2L offered its expertise in the leadership component of this program which took place over 12 sessions during the month of July and was comprised of 10 L2L tutors in grades 11 and 12, and 10 L2L peers entering grade 9 this fall.

Students received a certificate at a closing ceremony at the conclusion of the program and reported very positive outcomes. Peers reported feeling more confident in ‘Being Good’ at the subject in which they were being tutored, and every single tutor believed that they ‘Developed Leadership Skills’. Both tutors and peers participating in the program indicated that  they would all recommend the program to other students.

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

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Starting Spring with Student Success!
 
On Tuesday April 5th, L2L hosted our third multi-school Student Leadership Conference at Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School in Milton. With over 100 L2L tutors attending from 6 schools in the Halton Public and Halton Catholic School Boards, the conference was a terrific opportunity for our tutors to gain and build on their leadership skills through active application of creativity, teamwork and performing arts to help them in realizing their vision within and beyond high school. The students took on the challenge of designing small skits to demonstrate their journey of success through various aspects of their high school lives, and performing in front of their peers and teachers. It was a fabulously engaging experience with stellar performances!

The purpose of these conferences is to bring L2L tutors together to offer them activities and learning aimed to further develop their leadership skills not only as L2L tutors, but as students within their schools and as contributing members of society.

Our leadership program has garnered a lot of interest within the school community, attended by teachers, principals and school district superintendents with glowing reviews. The support provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation allowed us to host the day and  we look forward to maintaining the momentum generated with this program.
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Winter 2016 Newsletter

Funder Spotlight: The Jays Care Foundation

The funding provided by Jays Care enables us to deliver 20 programs across the GTA with a special focus on Indigenous students in 5 of those programs. L2L is trying to help close the achievement gap for aboriginal students while keeping in mind the delicate balance in the relationship between tutor and tutee, building on traits like empathy, leadership and mentoring

We're thrilled to announce... L2L took our first public field trip – to the Skydome to see a baseball game! Through our funding partnership with The Jays Care Foundation, L2L received a generous invitation to see the Blue Jays play the Yankees at the Community Clubhouse. The day was an overwhelming success.

29 secondary students from a unique leadership program at Marc Garneau CI, a high-school near Flemingdon Park, were rewarded with an unforgettable outing.
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