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Feature ESP Program

Vaughan Road Academy ESP Program

We have divided our ESP group into 5 sub-committees:

  • Issues
  • Spirit
  • Publicity
  • Website
  • Dance/Drama

Vaughan Road Academy ESP Events for 2004-05 School Year

  • Sept 20/04 Safe schools awareness week
  • Sept 20/04 Crime stoppers assembly
  • Oct. 4/2004 ESP kick off at Metro Hall
  • Oct. 6/2004 ESP "Issues Workshop" in school to decide on the key issues we needed to address this year
  • Oct. 13/2004 Safety survey in school
  • Oct. 13/2004 Students sign up for ESP committees
  • Oct. 21/2004 2 reps go to Central Planning meeting
  • Nov. 4/2004 our first full VRA ESP meeting
  • Nov. 9/2004 Lunch meeting with Jim Sneeps
  • Nov. 17/2004 ESP training camp at North York Civic Center
  • Nov. 18/2004 Information presented by ESP students at Parents' Night; fund raising bake sale also held
  • Nov. 24/2004 Meeting with Trinity Drama Team to create partnership
  • December - we started to sell Spirit Gear sweat-shirts
  • Dec. 2/2004 Full VRA ESP meeting
  • Dec. 3/2004 ESP workshop on Body Image by Toronto Public Health held at lunch for all students
  • Dec. 3/2004 workshop on Body Image by Toronto Public Health for grade 9 women's gym class sponsored by ESP
  • Dec. 6/2004 In the Driver's Seat presentation
  • Dec. 9/2004 MADD presentation sponsored by ESP
  • Jan. 6/2005 Full VRA ESP meeting
  • Jan. 14/2005 Lunch and Learn with the Sex Ed. Nurse
  • Jan. 20/2005 Teen Depression workshop by Toronto Public Health held at lunch for the whole school
  • Feb. 8/2005 Full VRA ESP meeting
  • Feb. 14/2005 Hush Hearts and Relationship Month
  • Feb. 22/2005 Central ESP meeting held at VRA
  • March 2/2005 Full VRA ESP meeting
  • end of March - Mocktail contest along with "In the Driver's Seat" program
  • April 18/2005 - Leadership meeting with the Argos in prep. for their Anti-Bullying workshop and assembly
  • April 25/2005 - Argo assembly
  • May 6/2005 - follow up lunch time meeting with the Argos
  • Basketball game between the Argos and VRA's senior boys' basketball team - date to be determined
  • May 10/2005 - showcase

ESP at Vaughan Road Academy Summary

What is ESP?
E.S.P. stands for Empowered Student Partnerships and is a program that challenges schools, citywide, to make a difference in their community and tackles issues through many creative, student-driven initiatives.
As well, the ESP program is thrilled to have the support of many community leaders such as the Toronto Police Service, the Canadian Safe School Network, ProAction, the City of Toronto, and the four district school boards of Toronto.

What does ESP look like in our school?
ESP is comprised of over 20 dedicated students who meet twice a month to deliberate over issues that are plaguing Vaughan Road and our community at large. Several teachers volunteer their time to advise and aid the students involved. The main ESP program in divided into 6 committees - Issues, Drama, Dance, Spirit, Publicity and Website who all work together towards a common goal.

How does ESP help the student body?
ESP creates opportunities for students to make a difference and to get involved. We listen to the ideas of Vaughan Road and work together with the student council to make them happen. The student body at large is able to relate to us and feels comfortable asking for our help.

What does ESP do for the community?
ESP organizes events that benefit the community. We also encourage safe behaviour by all Vaughan Road students. We welcome the support and ideas of community members to make our area a better and safer place to live, work and play.


PAST ESP PROJECTS

  • CRIME STOPPERS ASSEMBLY
    All students gathered for a mandatory assembly in which Crime Stoppers outlines ways to prevent and stop crime.
  • SAFETY SURVEY GOES OUT TO STUDENTS
    In order to tackle the issues of Vaughan Road Academy, a survey went out to all home forms.
  • MEETING WITH STAFF INSPECTOR JAMES SNEEP
    Toronto Police Services Staff Inspector James Sneep, co-founder of the ESP Program, met with the ESP Committee to discuss strategies and hear success stories
  • WORKSHOP ON BODY IMAGE
    Presented by the Public Health Department of Toronto
  • IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT INTERACTIVE DISPLAY
    Students got to feel the horrors of drinking and driving by putting on “beer goggles” and negotiating their way through a maze
  • M.A.D.D. PRESENTATION
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave a powerful and emotional presentation on the repercussions of drinking and driving.
  • EYE SPY
    A motivational strategy that encourages students to continue to do exceptional work. Students who complete such work will receive an “eye” – a paper cutout with an explanation of what the person was seen doing (i.e. I Spy the Issues Committee volunteering to help the homeless.)
  • “LUNCH & LEARN” WITH A PUBLIC HEALTH SEX ED NURSE
  • TEEN DEPRESSION WORKSHOP
  • HUSH HEARTS
    Girls will be given a heart and if a boy gets her to speak to him, she has to “give him her heart.” The boy with the most hearts will be crowned the “Casanova” of the school.

Congratulations to Vaughn Road Academy
for their great ESP Program!

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