Feature ESP Program
- 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
- 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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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for their great ESP Program!
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