Junior Leadership Programs for Junior High and High School
Available: Year Round with Seasonal Adaptations
Most teachers are able to take at least one field trip each year. My experience with such off-site visits, coupled with research on the topic, suggests that field trips can be powerful education tools.
Done right, field trips can be a powerful component of a well-rounded instructional program. If I were asked to quickly list some instructional tools for teachers, I'd rattle off questioning strategies, concept mapping, and computers—but I doubt that field trips would pop into my mind. Many educators don't take field trips seriously because we associate them with fun. They also have their drawbacks: They're costly, logistically involved, extravagant with time, and contain an element of uncertainty.
No wonder kids like them so much!
Justifying Field Trips
Field trips offer a crucial advantage: They bring balance to the curriculum. A visit to a working farm outdoor has a natural fit with science, history, agriculture, social studies, biology, climate change, and the arts, subjects that have been marginalized by our current focus on basic skills. Teachers need to take advantage of the opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning during the field trip. Teachers who built in current affairs, math, science, social studies and literacy activities around their field trips are impressed with this program.
The program costs (plus GST) are as follows:
- $15.00 for a 1.5 hour program up to 150 students per reservation / day
- $19.00 for a combined all-day program. up to 150 students per reservation / day 10am-2pm
- $25.00 for a farm cooking program 40 students per reservation /day Limited Availability
Similar to the ‘big buddy’ system in elementary schools, our Junior Leaders act as positive role models in their communities. This is a wonderful opportunity for this age group to develop communication skills and leadership qualities in a safe, familiar environment.
Junior Leadership Program is an all-inclusive program - connecting the dots between local food, climate change, working together, and active citizenship, and has the added advantage for students to connect to a local farm and workplace for future employment and work experience.
- Exploring Team Work
- Mastering Active Citizenship
- Introduction to Leadership
- Team work
- Communication skills
- Awareness of self and others
- Goal setting and Problem solving
- Being an active participant/good citizen
Junior Leadership Program Break-Out Sessions
1. Exploring Team Work
Junior Leaders will focus on building skills that will support them to work effectively within a team! As a team they will work together to create a long-table lunch using farm produce that they have helped harvest or run an Amaizing Farm Race challenge where they can demonstrate their learnings from break-out sessions. They will lead their teams through the “Amaizing Race Farm Challenge” to a successful conclusion. Seasonal adaptations: Spring Microgreen and Planting Program: Winter Wonderland and Snow Shoeing Program
2. Mastering Active Citizenship
Junior Leaders will focus on and discuss ways they can be actively involved in both their local and global communities from a local food / climate change perspective. In addition to weekly sessions, Jr. Leaders will act as peer mentors to younger children at the club. Globalism vs localism, sustainable urban agriculture, and a local action plan ideas (ie Save the Bees) for students to take home to address climate change will be addressed.
3. Introduction to Leadership as Work Experience
Junior Leaders participants will act as peer mentors to younger children to complete shadow shifts with our Sr. Leaders through the summer. During the summer months, Jr. Leaders transitioning into high school will have the opportunity to sign up to continue their learning and work at our “Change Adventure Camps” on a volunteer basis.