Leadership Skills, Mentoring, And Cultural Activities

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and younger students were present in the same classroom. Leadership skills, study skills, peer mentoring, and cultural activities was the curriculum. Transition Conferences Students in the ninth grade with the knowledge that transitioning from eighth grad to ninth grade posed a greater challenge for the first nation students. The purpose of these conferences is to prepare senior elementary school students for a successful transition to high school. Specific conference themes have stressed engagement in extracurricular activities, building confidence, and making positive choices. (Crooks, Chiodo, & Thomas, 2010) Using the involvement of elders and guest speakers from the community to lead aboriginal cultural practices. Follow up work was given to the students and educators involved, and a youth liaison visited the school after the conference to conduct more follow up activities. To document the process a transition conference organizational manual was created. Four conferences with the involvement of over two hundred students were held to date. Successes of the programs Peer mentoring showed success in a few areas, two areas are highlighted. First area was enrollment and participation. Over one hundred and fifty students participated. Many of the mentees identify wanting to be a mentor themselves, and to date twelve youth have made the transition (11.5 %.). (Crooks, Chiodo, & Thomas, 2010) The second area is the pride that the students carry while being in the program.
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