We chose to work with student leaders because in working with them, in a creative but intense session, we empower them to use their talent as leaders to have a broader positive impact. We create powerful connections because Connection = Prevention.
We ask the leaders a few questions, and then we help them to formulate a plan, called a Leadership Solution. It's a plan for how they will change their high school or college and for how they will impact their community. It's the plan for how they will make a difference when a difference really matters.
Transformative Leadership. Transformative Change.
Sophomore, who joined a Collaborator just to avoid the rain
Working with students to guide them toward what to do, not just what NOT to do.
It is either the change you want, or the change you were hoping would not happen. Let's Figure Out the right change. Together.
Become a collaborative problem-solving team! Listen, speak, and, most importantly, hear one another.
The Ideal Series to Create Transformative Change!
Each school has different needs, different aspirations, so we quickly and nimbley adapt our skills to your unique situation. This is an example designed for a student body ready to create positive change.
Phase One- Figure It Out (24-48 participants) This group considers what they would like to see less of, what they would like to see more of, and what the student leaders will take on for their Leadership Solution. Student Leaders move from this event into Stand Tall.
Phase Two- Stand Tall (8-12 student leaders) Students have 1-4 hours of leadership training along with Leadership Solution development and implementation. They work as leaders for the portion of the student body who particpate in a Collaborator event.
Phase Three- Collaborator- (24-60 students at a time) Students spend 4-6 hours in a team building, problem solving setting, forming new connections and communication skills. Partipants receive a certificate and tee shirt.
Phase Four- Figured It Out (original 24-48 participants) This sit down, family-style dinner, which focuses on manners and communication. This is the opportunity for the teens to report out their successs, and their learning experiences. At this event, Stand Tall graduates receive a plaque, certificate of completion, letter of recommendation, and a sweatshirt.
Bringing Kids Together for Authentic Connections
Junior high is hard. Kids are aching for real connections and a feeling of belonging. Canvas Creek can build a community of student collaborators who positively influence one another. Real connections, real results, HUGE impacts.
Watch the video to hear not just from Karen, but from teens, student leaders, who have participated and benefitted from our proven experiences.
Our team facilitates the conversation, the students build the Leadershiop Solution. Here are a few for you to consider.
This small school had students who took State honors in Debate, and others particiapted at a high-level in less main-stream events. The students felt that making them feel not only included, but celebrated was important, so they set up a Leadership Solution to campaign to have them added to pep rally events, and celebrated in the hallways and classrooms.
These students wanted a longer lunch, the community wanted higher grade point averages. The compromise? Each Monday students with a C or higher average, and no tardy or behavior incidents for the previous week, get 10 extra minutes for lunch! Because this resets each week the students can become part of the "Lunch Bunch" at any time!
During Phase Two, the student leaders wrote letters of gratitude to favorite teachers, and delivered them right then. Their Leadership Solution centered on gratitude and respect for thier teachers, hoping to impact turn over and burn out. The teachers responded quickly and enthusiastically to the notes so this became the first option the student leaders presented in Phase Three.
This school ran on sports and they missed the yearly reward and competition of Field Day. During Phase Three they petitioned the Principal to bring it back and she said, "If you'll help, we can do it!" The students cheered and Field Day is back on the calendar with a full roster of volunteers ready to make it happen!