fbpx

Blog

kids in a classroom

The Circle’s Leaders in Social Change Bursary’ awardees

August 3, 2021

Every year The Circle awards a bursary of $250 each, to one male and one female student who have participated in The Circle’s Pass-It-On Program as a mentor and have demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership and fostering healthy relationships.

This years’ awardees of The Circle’s Leaders In Social Change Bursary are Zacharie Morgan and Amelia Bapty.

Zacherie Morgan started as a ‘little buddy’ in the Pass it On Boys Program in Grade 8 and stayed in the program as a mentor. “I joined the program because I thought it would be nice to see more familiar faces around me in my first year of high school and to have someone to chat with. It really helped me and that’s why I wanted to be a person to come and talk to in school, and to be a mentor.”
Zacherie works with his father at Harbours End Marine & Equipment and is on the waitlist for the Marine Technician program at the Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. He plans to use his bursary to follow specialised courses that will help him working at his fathers’ business, and as a future mechanic. “The bursary is very welcome. I appreciate it a lot.”

Amelia Bapty was in the Pass it On Girls program for four years, one year as a ‘little buddy’ and three years as a mentor. “I like the connection it gives the people who are in it. Both as a little buddy and big buddy it allows you to connect, relate and bond with many other women who you might not interact with otherwise,” says Amelia.

Amelia graduated high school in September but has postponed her plans for post-secondary education for one year. “I am interested in teaching, but I am just not sure which direction I want to go. I will be attending more high-school classes to broaden the range of studies I can take and to pinpoint what I want to do. I am very thankful for being awarded with this bursary, which will help me with my future plans.”

Photo by Sam Balye on Unsplash

Healthy Risk Taking is about Growing and Developing

Healthy Risk Taking is about Growing and Developing

Teenagers crave and seek risks. It helps them to develop and grow. We often think of risk-taking as dangerous, but risk-taking is not always negative. Healthy risk-taking – like hiking up a mountain, riding a unicycle, or performing on stage – helps kids build...

Social-Emotional Learning during the Holidays

Social-Emotional Learning during the Holidays

School is almost out, and students will have a well-deserved break from class. However, learning doesn’t have to stop completely as soon as school is out for the year. The holidays are the perfect time to practice kindness and generosity. We've curated five tips to...

Never too Young to Remember December 6

Never too Young to Remember December 6

On December 6th, 1989, the day that fourteen young women at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal were killed by a gunman as a deliberate act of violence against women, Quinn Mulherin (21, she/they*) wasn’t born yet. She learned about the tragedy years later when she...

The Past and the Future of the Core (Inn)

The Past and the Future of the Core (Inn)

Salt Spring Island does not have a lot of facilities to accommodate young people, but we do have The Core (Inn) on McPhilipps Avenue. It is a safe place where island youth can come together to hang out, play music and games, and where snacks and healthy food are...

Book about stereotypes helps kids combat bias

Book about stereotypes helps kids combat bias

Identifying and questioning stereotypes, bias, and prejudice has been part of our educational programs since we started to develop our social-emotional learning framework for kids and youth twenty-five years ago. It turns out that stereotypes start to take form in our...

Five Things I Learned in Pass it On

Five Things I Learned in Pass it On

Olivia Sugden is this year’s recipient of The Circle Education Pass It On Mentorship Award. Olivia has been part of the Pass it On Girls program for the past three years. She was wholeheartedly committed to the program and its participants, and with her warm, open and...

The lessons I Learned from my Mental Health Problems in my Youth

The lessons I Learned from my Mental Health Problems in my Youth

May 7th is National Child & Youth Mental Health Day. Willie MacPherson was impacted by mental health problems throughout his youth. He was addicted to sugar, video games, and drugs, but found healing. He shares the lessons he learned on the way. Talk Talking about...

Name(Required)
Email(Required)
Please let us know what's on your mind. Have a question for us? Ask away.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.