What We Do
The Classroom Champions Circle™ program connects Indigenous kids in Canada with athlete mentors who share an Indigenous heritage for a year-long mentoring relationship.
Circle focuses on the same themes as the flagship Classroom Champions program, but adapts them by connecting each to one of the Seven Sacred Teachings. This helps students relate the program to their cultural background and school environment. Mentors are also encouraged to use storytelling and incorporate other Indigenous Ways of Knowing in their lessons.
Officially launched in 2017, Classroom Champions programming has been supporting high-population Indigenous schools on and off reserve since 2013.
Research shows that social-emotional skills are foundational for success in school and in life.
Establishing these skills through the proven Social Emotional Learning (SEL) process at a young age is recognized to be one of the best ways to set kids up for future personal, academic, and professional success – which is why we thoroughly measure program success through student, teacher, parent, and mentor results.
Every $1 invested in a child’s social and emotional learning and development has been shown to save society $11 in costs associated with the justice system, health care, mental health services, and tax revenue lost through incomplete education and under-employment.
Through asynchronous video communication, live video chat interactions, and social media sharing, our one-to-many mentoring approach greatly expands the reach of a single mentor by greater than 300:1.
Through webinars, online resources, digital lessons, a vibrant online community, and dedicated Education Coordinators, Classroom Champions teachers are fully supported to implement the program in their classrooms.
Classroom Champions equips classrooms with the technology needed to facilitate regular video lessons, live interactive video chats, and teacher moderated social media exchanges that encourage digital literacy.
four stakeholder measurement
Our extensive pre, post, and comparison program evaluation measures, assesses, and reports on student impact and achievement through student, teacher, and family feedback, and improving athletes as mentors.
Why Athlete Mentors?
Elite athletes practice hard work, dedication and perseverance on a daily basis. They understand how important these traits are, and also what it’s like to face adversity and to struggle.
By sharing their experiences, they lead by example, and help students understand and develop the skills necessary to thrive and succeed.
Through the utilization of the principles of sport, students can see effort, fair play, and teamwork in a visual way that helps them connect these ideals to their own lives.