13 - 20 years old

Activity ideas for 13–20-year-olds

13- 20

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> Accounts by graduates

“Accounts by graduates who have shown perseverance throughout their schooling and who now have good jobs or have completed a post-secondary degree.”

Centre Gédéon-Ouimet, HSD 2016


> Notes of encouragement read over the intercom

“Every morning, a note of encouragement written by different people (principals, teachers, student committee, guidance counsellor, CJE representative, etc.) will be read over the school intercom in order to support our students throughout Hooked on School Days.”

Jean-Grou high school, HSD 2016


> Capes for perseverance superheroes

“During the morning and lunch breaks on Monday and Tuesday, there will be a booth where youth can write on the capes of their dreams. These capes will then be hung up in the school.”

Perspectives Jeunesse, HSD 2016


> CEGEP - Introduction of theme week to TES students

“As part of their training, students are introduced to the use of thematic weeks in their professional practices.”

CEGEP Marie-Victorin / Techniques d'éducation spécialisée, HSD 2016


> Telephone message of encouragement

“A telephone message will be sent to parents to remind them of the importance of encouraging their children to come to school every day.”

Saint-Henri high school, HSD 2016 


> We’re here to encourage you!

“Students are greeted by school staff, who pin a tag bearing a school perseverance message on each one.” 

Calixa-Lavallée high school, HSD 2014


> Video production

“Production of a video on motivation and school perseverance with students at the school, in partnership with school staff members. The video can be screened for the rest of the students as part of Hooked on School Days.” 

Montreal Hooked on School


> Mural of goals

“On the wall, each student can write a goal they would like to reach over the next five years, something that will motivate them to persevere. On the same wall, teachers can also write thoughts or words of encouragement for their students.”

Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Marquette, HSD 2014


> Model volunteers

The university student volunteers who work with youth at the organization Le Phare de l'espoir will speak about the patience and perseverance it took to get to university. There are seven volunteers in different programs; each has had their own experiences and found their own way to overcome obstacles.”

Le Phare de l'Espoir, HSD 2014


> Honour guard

“All school staff is invited to greet students at the school entrance with words of encouragement to promote perseverance. To make the occasion more festive, they will be holding signs with slogans, and a few surprises will await hardworking students.”

Marie-Anne high school, HSD 2014


> Student talent workshop

“Offer self-discovery workshops that use key words and a game on knowing oneself. This gives students a chance to validate their strengths and talents at school and, eventually, in their choice of career. 

Saint-Laurent high school, Cardinal building


> Career talks

“Professionals will speak about their educational experiences to students at Honoré-Mercier high school. The goals include providing positive role models for student progress and teaching them about various professions. 

Comité jeunesse Ville-Émard / Côte Saint-Paul, HSD 2014


> Buddy for a day

“An intercultural exchange using a buddy system based on a common interest, the curriculum. The activity will highlight the perseverance of students who have set out to study in another language or country. A regular student will spend the day with a French-immersion student (courses, lunch, activities with friends, etc.)”

Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, HSD 2014


> Message to parents

''Parents will receive a telephone message reminding them of the importance of encouraging their children every day.''

École secondaire Calixa-Lavallée, HSD 2013


> Mail-out of personalized messages of encouragement

''About 300 personalized messages of encouragement mailed to all students and parents taking part in the Passeport pour ma réussite Québec program in Verdun and Shawinigan.''

Passeport pour ma réussite Québec, HSD 2013


> Personalized letters of encouragement and perseverance

''Staff members will write letters of encouragement to young people who attended Revdec and who have returned to school. The students will receive the letters at their school to show that we continue to follow their progress and their efforts. Letters will also be given to young people currently attending the organization.''

Revdec ‒ ROCQLD, HSD 2013


> Dream makers

''Some 30 Secondary III students are paired with artists and cultural workers such as choreographers, journalists, photographers, designers, comic book artists, and musicians. Each mentor shows the student their profession, and the students gain motivation and inspiration from the different models of learning and from the one-on-one relationship.''

Culture pour tous, HSD 2013


> Photo exhibition

''Students identified areas of their life where they needed a lot of perseverance. We took photos of them in these areas, dressed up in chic clothing. The photos will be displayed on Monday, February 11, where both students and staff will see them for the first time.''

École secondaire Joseph-Charbonneau, HSD 2013


> High school as a youth or as an adult?

''Raise awareness among students seeking information about high school for adults. Demystify the supposed ease and rapidity of progress in high school for adults. Help students compare their current learning environment with high school for adults. Take action to motivate high school students.''

École secondaire Lucien-Pagé, HSD 2013


> High school – CEGEP transition

''A recent school alumnus currently attending CEGEP gives a testimonial about the high school-to-CEGEP transition and provides encouragement to Secondary V students finishing high school and about to continue their studies.''

École secondaire Mont-Royal, HSD 2013


> Wall of perseverance

''Have every class make a poster on the theme of “tricks for persevering.”
Hang the posters in the cafeteria.''

Centre Saint-Paul, HSD 2012 


> Community lunch

''During HSD, have students come together for a meal to celebrate perseverance.''

Jeanne-Sauvé adult education centre, HSD 2012


> Graffiti

''Hold a contest, with winning students creating graffiti that illustrate school perseverance.''

École secondaire de la Pointe-aux-Trembles, HSD 2012 


> School perseverance workshop

Workshop offered by an organization working in school perseverance, “La motivation et la persévérance scolaire, si on s'en parlait. [French only]” Where does my motivation come from? What hinders my motivation? What nourishes it? How do I persevere and stay motivated?

Centre William-Hingston and Centre Gabrielle-Roy, HSD 2012 


> Talk by models of perseverance and success

''Talks given to school students by inspiring role models.''

École secondaire Père-Marquette, in collaboration with Perspectives jeunesse, HSD 2012


> School perseverance booth

''Set up a booth at lunch hour to inform students about the resources and means the school has put in place during the year to promote school perseverance.''

Intégration Jeunesse, HSD 2012 



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