VVS students may have the opportunity to participate in unique educational programs.
What do the following things have in common?
- Camp that is not at all like camping
- Giant spider webs
The SEEDS CONNECTIONS program takes place in spring 2020 (high school students are emailed an invitation with further details in late November each year).
This multicultural and environmental leadership opportunity is for high school students who want to be part of societal change. This program connects students from across Alberta, and focuses on creating a better understanding of some of the societal challenges that students face today.
Vista Virtual School students will attend a four-day camp from March 9-13, 2020, at Kamp Kiwanis (more information will be provided to prospective students).
The SEEDS Connections Program (Mar. 11-14, 2019): As part of the project work in this program, our 2018-19 attendees interviewed Alison Springer—a youth communications specialist—who spoke to students at the leadership camp this year. This “Be the Change” video interview project is broken down into eight topics/sections, and topics were published each week in June 2019.
- Self-confidence (4:16)
- The Lying Mirror – Overcoming Self-doubt and Self-criticism (8:29)
- The Impact of Social Media on Confidence (2:18)
- The Leading Cause of Lack of Self-esteem in Youth (2:18)
- Why is it Important to Have Confidence in Yourself (3:04)
- How has this Applied to Your (Alison’s) Motivational Talks (1:13)
- What Has Been the Most Rewarding Parts About Your Job (Alison) – Working with Youth (3:17)
- How can you Assist Others in Becoming More Confident (3:36)
Vista Virtual School is a SMART school (Youth Supporting Mental Health and Resiliency Together). Students and teachers attend the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region YouthSMART Initiative (and summit), committing to the development and implementation of action plans for ongoing, school-wide mental health awareness activities throughout the year.
The VVS 2019/20 YouthSMART group consists of teachers Phoebe Arcilla and Shelley Rizzo as well as VVS students Keyla Gilbeau (grade 10), Jeremy Peterer (grade 10), Jordan Sabad (grade 12), Jasmine Seymour (grade 10), and Sophie Yasenchuk (grade 12). YouthSMART meets weekly in the Calgary Campus to work on mental health initiatives for our school.