Molly Brandt 7

Yo yo yo,

We are Simon and Julia, and we are peer educators teaching in a 7th grade class in Molly Brant Elementary School.  So far our experience has been awesome, with lots of enthusiasm and energy from the students. In the upcoming semester we plan on talking with students about a variety of topics including mental health, positive relationships, personal health, and leadership.  This class enjoys hands on activities and videos, which we will continue to incorporate into our lessons. We well tap into their enthusiasm and competitive nature by testing their knowledge with games such as jeopardy. Our class has many creative minds, which we would like to foster through artistic activities such as drawing, singing, or acting out scenarios.

We’ve been blessed with an awesome initiative in Kingston. QHO has given us the opportunity to become more involved in the community that has been a home to us for a number of years.

Stay blessed,

Simon and Julia

School to Community

Hello everyone,

Our names are Simon and Emma and we teach a fantastic group of students in the School-to-Community program at LCVI in Kingston. This group of students are between the ages of 14-19 and we look forward to seeing them every week!

We have been in the classroom since November, and have covered a variety of exciting topics. Some of our lessons include, nutrition, substance abuse, stress management and social media use. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know the students over the last semester, and love how they are always willing to share personal experiences to make our lessons more collaborative and engaging.

We use a lot of interactive activities such as mind maps, or active polls to engage students in addition to our snazzy slideshows. We’ve also had a great time watching lots of educational videos, and a few just for fun. We are looking forward to continue to build our relationship with the class through our upcoming lessons and an exciting Outreach Day this semester.

An extra big thank you to our wonderful teachers, Jordan and Beth, for their continued support and helpful contributions in lesson planning and activity facilitation. We can’t wait to see everybody next week!

LINKS – Limestone Education Center

Hi everyone!

Our names are Sarah and Meghan and we are the Kingston PE’s for one of the LINKS at the Limestone Education Center. Our class consists of students aged 13-18.

We teach in a unconventional style classroom once a week. Last semester we covered the topics of Healthy Relationships, Social Media, Bullying, and Empowerment. As a small, intimate class we found discussion based activities were the most effective way to guide our lesson. Over the semester the students have grown more comfortable with us as peer educators and have begun asking insightful questions and inquiring about new subject material.

In the upcoming semester we plan to explore topics such as Nutrition, Fitness, Sexual Health, Contraceptive Use, STI’s, and Substance Abuse. We look forward to our upcoming outreach day where we plan to take a cooking and food budgeting class.

We would like to thank the other teachers in the classroom, especially Tammy, whose support has eased our transition into the classroom.

Futures

Hi everyone!

Our names are Sarah and Geena and we are the Kingston PE’s for the Futures program at the Limestone Education Center. Our class consists of all female students aged 13-16.

We teach once a week and since this a small class, we have made our lessons more discussion based. This past semester, the topics we covered were Female Empowerment, Goal Setting, Social Media and Bullying. With the help of the classroom teacher, Sarah Runcimans, we were able to foster an inclusive environment where the students had the opportunity to share their personal opinions and experiences and ask questions they normally would feel uncomfortable asking.

For the upcoming semester, we plan to teach lessons that are more applicable in their everyday lives such as nutrition, fitness, and budgeting. At the end of the semester, we will be covering sexual health and have discussion about maintain healthy relationship. So far, we have slowly but surely built relationships with the girls and have noticed they are more comfortable and warming us to us as their peer educators.

Molly Brandt 7/8

Hey everyone!

We are Eileen and Ryan and we are the QHO Peer eEducators at Molly Brandt public school! Our class is a 7/8 split and has a lot of energy.

A typical lesson for us includes a PowerPoint we’ve put together along with videos highlighting the key points of our topic. We also include activities which is important for this group as they need some variety in their lessons. So far we’ve taught about nutrition, healthy relationships, and smoking. The group often asks questions through the question box as they can be timid when asking questions in front of the class. They can be a little wild at times but the classes are always fun!

We’re really looking forward to continuing teaching our class at Molly Brandt and are always excited to get into the classroom each week.

Eileen and Ryan

Kingston Youth Shelter

Hello!

Our names are Cadence and Ryan! We teach at the Kingston Youth Shelter. We have a range of young adults aged 16-22, and they are an amazing group!

We started teaching in the fall of 2016. As this is QHO’s first time teaching this group, it has been a learning experience, but an extremely rewarding one!

In a typical lesson, we generally begin with an icebreaker to get everyone warmed up and feeling comfortable. We have found this to be a great way to get them involved and interested in the topic! With this group, we keep our lessons very discussion based. We have found that with such an intimate group, this is the most effective way to teach.

So far we have had the pleasure of teaching the group about nutrition, body image, self-esteem, healthy relationships, and most recently, we covered sexual education. This topic included discussions centered on STIs, consent, contraceptives with a focus on proper condom use. In the coming weeks, we hope to discuss mental health, substance abuse and peer pressure.

This is such a great group to teach, and we are always excited to go every week! They are always eager to discuss the topic of the week and ask insightful questions. We are thrilled that we still have the next few months to continue getting to know them, and we hope that we can continue to pass on some relevant health information!

School to Community

Hi everyone!

We are Meghan and Cadence, and we teach in the School to Community classroom at LCVI! This is a great group that is comprised of high-schooled aged students with a diverse range of learning abilities.

We really love teaching this group! It offers a lot of opportunity to interact with a wide range of teaching staff including teaching aids, interpreters, OTs, and other Queen’s students. Every week we are greeted with smiling faces of students who are eager to learn!

We tend to use a lot of visual aids for these lessons as we have learned that the students respond best to this type of a presentation. We try to blend lots of different media platforms such as PowerPoints, videos and pictures. We also break up our lessons with a lot of activities both verbal, written and interactive! We have found it best to plan a 3-4 activities to spread throughout the lesson to maintain the student’s attention and ensure they are retaining the information.

So far we have covered a lot of general topics including nutrition, bullying, social media, physical activity, healthy relationships, and personal hygiene. We are excited to continue on teaching about substance use and abuse, sexual education including puberty, reproduction, contraceptive use and STIs.

It is so exciting to see how what we are teaching is being retained based on the worksheets they hand in and their insightful question box questions! They are getting more active in our discussions every week and their curiosity continues to grow!

We are so happy to be a part of QHO and be able to give back to our community in this way. We hope we can continue to make an impact in student’s lives over the coming weeks!

A big big thank you to the classroom teacher, Sharon and all of her support staff! They have made our transition into the classroom a huge success and their feedback is always appreciated!

LINKS – Limestone Education Centre

Hello,

We are Eileen and Julia and we are peer educators for the Links classroom at Limestone Education Centre. So far, we have had an incredible experience with this group. We have gotten to know the students very well through our discussion-based lessons. The students are very receptive to the topics we have covered so far and actively participate in the activities. Last semester we covered topics such as nutritional health, budgeting, physical health, substance abuse, and goal setting. We hope to continue this semester with subjects including healthy relationships, sexual health, and body image.

We are extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be apart of Queen’s Health Outreach and immerse ourselves in the Kingston community outside of the campus bubble.

We look forward to continuing our experience with the Links classroom.

Love,

Eileen and Julia

Molly Brandt 7/8

Hey everybody,

We are Emma and Sydney, and we have been spending our Wednesday afternoons at Molly Brant with Ms. Parsons’ grade 7/8 class. Our time in this class has been very rewarding. The students have a ton of energy and are always full of awesome questions. So far we have covered topics such as substance use and abuse, self-care, personal hygiene, and social media. Our lessons are always full of activities, including small group brainstorming, videos, and even a full class of health-themed dodgeball – definitely our most memorable lesson.  It is never a dull moment at Molly Brant, and we are really looking forward to our time in the classroom in the new year. We are kicking thing off with a lesson centred on values and goal-setting, and hope to cover topics such as mental health, healthy relationships, and contraceptives this term. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to teach in this lively classroom each week, and collaborate with our wonderful teacher, Ms. Parsons.

Thanks again Molly Brant 7/8’s and Ms. Parsons, we’ll see you next week!

QECVI School To Community

Hey everybody!

Our names are Sam and Lizzy and we teach in the School-to-Community program at QECVI in Kingston. This group of students are at the ages of 14-19 and are a spectacular bunch.

We have been in the classroom since October of 2015 and our lessons have been filled with discussions and activities geared towards health. This group of kids love to give their own experiences on the topics that we teach and always love to give their own opinion.

Usually our lessons contain videos and other fun activities to engage the students and give them an alternate way to learn the topic at hand. So far this year we have discussed nutrition, healthy relationships and consent, and social media safety. In the new year we taught anatomy of the human body, contraceptives, sexually transmitted infections, and now we are about to discuss drugs and alcohol with the couple weeks we have left together. At the end of each lesson we offer the students to write questions to put into our question box. This is always so great because the students have the chance to ask questions anonymously which we can then come back the following week and answer them as a whole class together.

This class is so awesome and we love going to teach every week. We are also looking forward to our Outreach Day where we are having a pizza dance party in the classroom! A big special thank you goes to Sharon and Beth for letting us come in every week and teach in the classroom!!