In a world experiencing obvious crises, such as the pandemic, social injustices, polarization and misinformation, technological addictions, and environmental destruction, youth today are experiencing amplified feelings of powerlessness, helplessness, and disillusionment about the world they are inheriting. Youth need tools and supports to navigate a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment. CISV is a global organization that supports youth to move from an isolated “Me” in the world, to a connected, purposeful “We”. This workshop will provide teachers and counsellors with experiential learning activities to engage students in global connection, and support students to develop more resilience and perspective about how they can make a difference in the world. Specific lesson plans on sustainability, human rights, and conflict resolution will be provided and reviewed, and one activity to use in the classroom will be demonstrated.
Sierra Phosy (they/them) teaches French Immersion grade 7 at Lansdowne Middle School. They studied music, French, and education at the University of Victoria, and are deeply passionate about a wide variety of topics including experiential learning, building welcoming spaces, and great tacos. They joined CISV at the age of 11, where the leadership skills they learned inspired them to become an educator.
Leanna (she/her) has always been passionate about teaching. In her early career, she taught grades 8-12 Humanities, and then taught pre-service teachers while completing her PhD in Education. Her journey then led her to complete her Counselling diploma and she now runs her own private counselling practice that specializes working with teens and their families. Leanna has been involved with CISV since she was 11 years old, and has loved watching her own children develop leadership skills, global awareness and connections. She is excited to introduce these experiential activities to classroom teachers.