When Anthony McLean speaks in an assembly of 2000 students they are totally engaged in every word that he says.
— Dan Zaroski - Principal - Father Bressani Catholic High School - YCDSB
 

BULLYING AND CONFLICT - 50 minutes

Don’t be a passive bystander. Learn what bullying is and how important it is to “Don’t Go There”.

The effects of bullying can last into adulthood. Let’s teach our youth what it means to be a bully and how to avoid being a passive bystander. In this presentation, Anthony describes what bullying is and how to stop an episode when you see one. He also touches on the importance of using COMMON SENSE ONLINE. What you do today will affect you for the rest of your life. Be smart!

TOPICS COVERED

  • “Don’t Go There” Zones of verbal bullying: race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and body type
  • Social bullying: Gossip, rumors, drama and what it does to the school climate. You don’t have to be friends but you have to be friendly!
  • Common Sense Online: Snapchat stories, Facebook posts, Instagram photos, and Tweets are building a digital footprint that will help or hurt student as they enter University and the workplace.
He absolutely understands the pressures that teenagers are facing in high schools today. He’s real and he’s authentic and kids can see that.
— Jennifer Meier - Vice Principal - St. Joseph Catholic High School - DPCDSB

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY - 50 minutes

Inspiring presentation about BREAKING STEREOTYPES and RESPECTING DIFFERENCES.

Martin Luther King’s dream for his children was that they be judged, “not by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” Today, many of our schools have a rich and diverse student population, and yet we still judge each other by shallow stereotypes.

TOPICS COVERED

  • Breaking Stereotypes: Anthony challenges students to “Live the Dream” by putting away the “boxes” that we place people in.
  • Celebrating Diversity: We are all different. Let’s learn how to respect and appreciate our differences and learn from each other.
  • How the media can reinforce or challenge stereotypes

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND BEYOND - 50 minutes

This is a powerful presentation about the struggles, adversity and contributions of people of African descent in our society. Anthony uses his own example of growing up with a white mother and a black father as an opportunity for us to create a more inclusive climate in our schools and workplaces. Anthony also shares the inspiring heritage of African music, from African drumming to negro spirituals to blues, jazz, rock and roll to hip hop and R & B.

Topics Discussed include:

  • The media and its ability to reinforce and deconstruct stereotypes.
  • Why our schools and workplaces are better when we celebrate diversity 
  • How people of African descent have overcome so many struggles
  • How we can all help create a more inclusive society
  • For Canadian schools, Anthony shares the unique Black Canadian perspective through the story of Viola Desmond

 

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS - 50 minutes

Healthy mind, healthy body! You are what you eat! Put positivity in to get positivity out.

Healthy students are better able to focus in class and behave in the hallway. This presentation equips student with PRACTICAL STRATEGIES they can use to MANAGE the STRESS and pressure that comes with High School.

TOPICS COVERED

  • Take One Step: Students are encouraged to ‘take one step’ when it comes to exercise, sleep and nutrition.
  • Mental Health Issues: Break the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Why can we talk to our doctor about a physical ailment and not a mental one?
  • Manage the Stress: Breaking down how to not break down. Anthony offers practical strategies in dealing with stress before and during tough situations. 

WELCOME TO HIGH SCHOOL (GRADE 9 ORIENTATION) - 50 Minutes

Entering High School can be an intimidating time for students. This presentation is perfect for incoming Grade 9 students during their orientation. 

Give your students the best start to their high school career. Featuring hard-hitting storied of students who made bad choices in Grade 9 and side-tracked their lives… as well as students who got involved with extracurricular activities and stumbled into their life’s passion!

TOPICS COVERED

  • Work Hard: This is a new year and a new school. You have a clean slate. What will you write on it? Make good habits and work hard!
  • Get Involved: Don’t just show up at 9am and leave at 3pm. Get involved in clubs, teams, and extra-curricular activities!
  • Make Good Choices: Choosing the right friends is one of the more important of those choices

CHARACTER AND LEADERSHIP - 50 Minutes

Being a student of character is just as important as getting good grades.

The "Character and Leadership" presentation is an upbeat and light-hearted approach to a critical reality: It takes a strong character to be a leader. That means not falling into peer pressure or going with the crowd when the crowd is going in the wrong direction. Students need to know that their day-to-day attitude shapes school culture more than they may realize. Kindness, Perseverance, Optimism, Responsibility, Teamwork, Drive... These aren't just static words that make for tacky posters. These are the sink-or-swim characteristics of a 21st-Century leader. 

TOPICS COVERED

  • How to keep your head above water when faced with a peer pressure situation
  • What it takes to be a leader in today's culture
  • Steps to take to build your character
 

 

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