For the fifth time since its inception, the Stoked About Staying in School (SASS) program graduated its students.
SASS is funded through Service Canada and serves youth aged 15 - 18 years who are not currently attending school but who have a desire to return. Through involvement in the program participants are supported to re-enroll for the next semester at school.
At the graduation ceremony, students shared their thoughts with those gathered to help them celebrate their successses.
Carmen said she has had to overcome many struggles in her life that wouldn't have been possible without the help, support and guidance of the SASS program and staff.
"It's nice to know I have adults in my life who care," she said, offering many hugs to her teachers.
Carmen was excited to be accepted into SASS because she knew it would help her get her life back on track.
"Since starting in SASS, I have learned many skills that will help me in the future," she told the audience. "I'm really excited about that."
Fellow students also shared their appreciation for the program and staff. Many said they felt like they were meant to be in the program.
During the graduation ceremony the students received many compliments and message of hope for the future from program staff. They even received a recorded message from Mayor Naheed Nenchi.
SASS offers youth paid participation for up to nine weeks (30 hours per week) in programming designed to help them:
- understand the importance of high school completion to their future success
- identify personal strengths, values, and career goals
- develop practical life skills in a group-based environment
- have an opportunity to develop core life and employability skills
- explore alternative education and community resources available to them after program completion
- become more self-aware of their learning styles and increase their confidence through exposure to a wide variety of arts and cultural activities
Click HERE for more information about SASS.