WITS is a program that provides essential support to staff and students in the school setting.

Georgina Henderson, School Counsellor, Clarence Jaycox School, KEE TAS KEE NOW TRIBAL COUNCIL EDUCATION AUTHORITY, Red Earth Creek, Alberta

Announcing the Canadian Kindness Leaders Project!

Canadian Kindness Leaders (CKL) will engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth with projects of kindness and inclusion in provinces across Canada.

In phase one, the 2020/2021 school year, we will train youth aged 9 to 12 in the evidence-based WITS LEADerS curriculum in conjunction with exploring an all-encompassing theme of kindness. In phase two, for the 2021-2022 school year, we will encourage and facilitate youth-led social action micro-projects that promote the values of lateral kindness, empathy, and inclusion.

CKL Schools receive:

  • WITS LEADerS materials including books, lesson plans, posters, bookmarks, stickers and pamphlets (approximately value $1,000)
  • Funding (up to $500 per school) to help with costs of social action micro-projects
  • Platform for sharing kids’ kindness projects
  • and initiatives
  • Follow up support as needed

Eligibility:

All schools that teach 9 to 12-year-old students, and are located in one of the following Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba or Quebec are eligible. Contact us!

Requirements to participate: 

  • A commitment to delivery of the WITS LEADerS program to youth ages 9 to 12 in your school for the 2020/2021 school year
  • School personnel involved must complete our short survey before and after the project
  • Students must complete a short YOUTH TAKE CHARGE survey (from Canadian Heritage), to be completed in school

 What modifications are in place for COVID-19 restrictions/guidelines?

CKL will operate according to the health guidelines of the respective provinces involved.

How do I find out more?

Contact CKL Program Manager, Renée Cenerini, at pmgr@witsprogram.ca or call 250-386-7625 or Toll free at 1-855-858-8766

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada

WITS is Canada’s bullying-prevention program.

Poster by Alex – South Broadview Elementary, Salmon Arm, BC

The WITS® group of programs bring together schools, families and communities to create safe responsive environments to help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization. Started 21 years ago in Victoria BC, programs are now in every province and territory in over 1200 schools. In a 2016 report from Dalhousie University, WITS was determined to be the best program of its kind in Canada. Programs are developed in cooperation with the University of Victoria and disseminated by the WITS Programs Foundation, a registered Canadian Charity.

Our Vision is that all children are living, learning and playing in safe and responsive communities.

Our Mission is to create capacity in communities to promote safety & healthy relationships.

Video: A WITS introduction

New Cyberbullying Prevention Resource

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Video: Social Emotional Learning Resources – WITS in Motion

This online education initiative is a non-verbal dance film, so it ‘speaks’ to everyone. The film promotes positive relationships, peaceful resolution of peer conflict and the spectrum of social emotional learning skills. It is available for streaming to parents, caregivers and educators everywhere at witsinmotion.ca/dancefilm.

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The WITS Programs are presented by the WITS PROGRAMS FOUNDATION, a registered Canadian charity. To donate, DONATE HERE through our Canada Helps Connection. To find our more about getting involved, contact Andy Telfer, Executive Director, at 250-386-7625 or exec@witsprogram.ca.