Live Well, Take Action: Ambassador Program for East Asian Youth aims to enhance the lives of East Asian youth by fostering civic participation and greater awareness in positive well-being.

As a proactive measure, this project utilizes interactive activities and culturally relevant examples and stories to engage East Asian youth in understanding how one’s wellness has a significant impact on self-identity, relationships, and one’s positive contributions to society.

Our project approaches the social factors of wellness from 3 perspectives: mental health , self-image, and culture. Using this multi-faceted lens to guide student engagement, youth will critically examine various topics, such as the effects of stereotypes and the existence and realities of racism. By understanding East Asian-Canadian historical and contemporary contexts and learning about relevant issues in East Asian communities, this will begin to dispel the stigma of mental health and develop a healthy connection to their ethnic identity(ies).

 

“Live Well, Take Action” Program Video Full Version (English Subtitles)

For the video with Chinese subtitles (中文字幕), click here.

For the video with Korean subtitles (한국어 자막), click here.

Thank you to Judy Cho and Veronica Xie for helping us with translating the subtitles!

 

Program Overview

Through 6 weekly sessions, a group of 10-15 students will be supported at each of the three secondary schools to develop along 4 aspects:

  1. Communication skills such as: active listening, nonverbal communication, public speaking etc.
  2. Understanding of wellness in areas of: self-care, factors that negatively affect mental health etc.
  3. Critical thinking in areas such as: power dynamics, social construction of mental health etc.
  4. Community building skills such as: organization skills, conflict resolution, reflective practices etc.

By the end of the project, youth will have formed groups to collaborate and lead a community group project that highlights a current issue impacting East Asian communities. Facilitators will follow up with each group to provide mentorship as the youth complete their projects. Projects will be presented at larger scale events, such as the school board’s Asian Heritage Month event in 2017.

Click here for this year’s community group projects!

 

Live Well, Take Action: Student Celebration

“Live Well, Take Action” Student Participants, 2017

 

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, we held our Student Celebration to acknowledge our students’ efforts in participating in the program and creating community group projects!

Check out our photo album to find out what happened at the Student Celebration! You may also access the photos via our Facebook photo album. If neither of these are accessible, please contact the project managers.

The Student Celebration was featured on various media outlets. The following media have shared a story about us:

Snapd Markham

English newspaper article

  The Korea Times Daily

Korean newspaper article

Article translated into English

  Ming Pao Daily News

Chinese newspaper article

Article translated into English

OMNI TV

Mandarin news video clip

Video transcript in English

OMNI TV

Cantonese news video clip

Video transcript in English

Fairchild TV

Cantonese news video clip

Video transcript in English

 

After the Student Celebration, the program was also featured on the following media outlet:

Fairchild Radio

Cantonese audio clip

Audio transcript in English


Application

The program started in February 2017 and ended around May. At this moment, we are not accepting applications, as we have completed this year’s program. If you are interested in applying or hosting this program at your school in the next school year (2017-2018), please contact the project managers.

 

Partnership

This program is a collaboration between the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter and ALPHA Education. It is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

 

Contact

For more information, please contact the project managers:

Name: Jaclyn Wong

Email: jaclynwong@ccnctoronto.ca

Phone: (416) 596 – 0833 ext. 3

Name: Judy Cho

Email: judy.cho@alphaeducation.org

Phone: (416) 299 – 0111