As students return to school this year the time to forge valuable relationships through one-on-one connection and positive group interaction may feel devastatingly diminished. Students may be in classes where relationships, once strong, have now lapsed. While others may be new to a school or transitioning from a primary to a secondary school where no prior relationships exist. POBS is committed to creating space for students and educators to navigate these situations together and develop new ways to establish or reaffirm community. Through facilitated sessions, students will have the opportunity to engage in activities that promote sharing, communication, courage, problem-solving, and other key competencies from Outward Bound’s Domains of Thriving. By the end of the session, students will feel empowered to use their voice and have greater confidence to navigate the challenges ahead.

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These sessions are designed to be delivered as a progression – each session building on the last. Together they form an Outward Bound experience that addresses the needs of our school and community-based partners. Topics are based on the Outward Bound Educational Framework and the Domains of Thriving Outcomes Tool (DoT). All programs will be facilitated live for synchronous, online learning. POBS will provide information for accessing sessions (unless otherwise planned), and use the required online platform identified by the school.

CREATE A PROGRESSION* | 75-90 minutes

SESSION 1 | Belonging

SESSION 2 | Courage

SESSION 3 | Reflection

SESSION 4 | Transference

COMBINE SESSIONS* | 120 minutes

PACKAGE A
BELONGING + COURAGE
 
PACKAGE B
REFLECTION + TRANSFERENCE
 

SESSION 1 | Belonging

Group Relationships and Teamwork

The session supports the development of connections and relationships between and among students and classroom staff. It engages students in the process of committing to the creation of a safe, inclusive, trusting, and empathetic learning community.

Objectives include:

  • Build connections and relationships among peers and with educational staff.
  • Feel more comfortable sharing their unique interests and skills, talents, and knowledge.
  • Begin to see value in others.
  • Recognize their ability to communicate and collaborate with one another.

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"THESE SESSIONS HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY REFRESHING ESPECIALLY DURING THIS TIME WHERE I CAN’T SOCIALIZE WITH THAT MANY PEOPLE. I REALLY ENJOYED BEING ABLE TO CONNECT WITH SNIDER HOCKEY COACHES, ATHLETES, AND THE COORDINATORS THAT SET UP THESE MEETINGS. I WOULD LOVE TO DO THIS AGAIN IF I HAD THE CHANCE!"

– KADEIS CHEVALIER, UPPERCLASS MEMBER, SNIDER YOUTH HOCKEY

SESSION 2 | Courage

Perseverance and Assertiveness

The session provides the opportunity for students to begin using their voice and make choices; sharing their ideas and opinions more actively with the group. Students will begin to work through challenges, make decisions and solve problems as a group, with a goal toward embracing and learning from mistakes. Objectives include:

  • Feel more comfortable sharing ideas and opinions that contribute to the effectiveness of the group.
  • Recognize they have options for using their voice and making choices.
  • See challenges as a fun experience.
  • Embrace mistakes and see value in learning from them.

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"IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE FUN OR TRULY GET SOMETHING OUT OF AN EVENT YOU HAVE TO PUSH YOURSELF TO PARTICIPATE AND PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE (AT LEAST A LITTLE) EVEN IF YOU ARE TIRED, DON'T KNOW ANYONE OR DON'T FEEL LIKE IT.”

– 11TH GRADE INTERN, CHARACTER LAB

SESSION 3 | Reflection

Self-Awareness and Social Responsibility

The session begins to create space for students to recognize their thoughts and emotions, become aware of their relevance and contributions to the group, and begin to consider the perspectives of others. Strategies for effective discussion, listening and taking responsibility for the impact on the group start to take shape. Objectives include:

  • Participate in a reflective process with others.
  • Consider their relevance as a member of the group.
  • Work through the challenges of listening to others.
  • Begin to consider other perspectives.

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"THESE SESSIONS HAVE BEEN AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO GROW AS A LEADER AND AS A PERSON. EVERY SESSION HAD LAUGHS AND GREAT, DEEP CONVERSATIONS. I PERSONALLY HAD A BLAST, AND WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS."

– JOEY WHITE, UPPERCLASS MEMBER, SNIDER YOUTH HOCKEY

SESSION 4 | Transference

Leadership in the Classroom

The session explores next steps by reflecting on the prior session(s) and thinking about how they will individually and collectively put into practice what they have learned and identified as important. Students will consider ownership and what roles they might play within the group and have the opportunity to recognize the value others on their team bring to the table by directly sharing appreciations with one another. Objectives include:

  • Identify learning moments and the impact of learning on the group.
  • Identify 1-2 practices for transfer into the virtual or in-person learning environment.
  • See and feel value in appreciating others and being appreciated by others when building relationships and community.

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