Let’s Get Talking is an online interactive learning community in which families, youth and children are connected to our post-secondary Student Ambassadors.

Through this student-centred initiative, our diverse group of Student Ambassadors will provide motivation, encouragement and guidance to students and their families by sharing insight into their own lived experiences as they navigate their journey in education. 

We can’t wait to meet all of you, let’s get talking!

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Upcoming Free Sessions

Business Encouraging and Engaging Teens (BEET):
Youth employee-in-training program – pilot (Grade 7 & 8 students)

Starts Saturday, February 20th, 5 consecutive Saturdays, 10 – 11:15am
Students must commit to attend all workshops                                                                       Maximum 20 students  * Late joiners are welcomed.  We still have 5 spaces!!

Cost:  Free*

*Donations are appreciated.  Funds will be used to offer more workshops for students & parents.  Suggested amount for program is $25. Please send e-transfer to info@letsgettogether.ca  Thank you!

Schedule

Week 1 (Feb 20) – Future preparedness
Week 2 (Feb 27) – Setting the right attitude and mindset
Week 3 (Mar 6) – What happens after you graduate
Week 4 (Mar 13) – Opportunities in volunteering
Week 5 (Mar 20) – Parent workshop

BEET is a program designed to help youth in securing meaningful employment within their community.  Youth will learn about work ethic, how to balance their responsibilities while navigating themselves in a workplace, and much more.

Business Encouraging and Engaging Teens (BEET):
Youth employee-in-training program – pilot (Grade 9 & 10 students)

Starts Monday, February 22th,  consecutive Mondays, 7 – 8:30pm                   
Students must attend all workshops
Maximum 15 students   * Late joiners are welcomed.  We still have 3 spaces!!

Cost:  Free*

*Donations are appreciated.  Funds will be used to offer more workshops for students & parents.  Suggested amount for program is $25.  Please send e-transfer to info@letsgettogether.  Thank you!

Schedule

Week 1 (Feb 22) – Goal setting
Week 2 (Mar 1) – Self Advocacy
Week 3 (Mar 8) – Growth Mindset
Week 4 (Mar 15) – Teamwork and Communication

BEET is a program designed to help youth in securing meaningful employment within their community.  Youth will learn about work ethic, how to balance their responsibilities while navigating themselves in a workplace, and much more.

EduTechConnect Family Digital Literacy workshop:
Google 101  

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 11 – 12:15pm
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orkshop maximum: 8 registrants

Each registrant who participates will be mailed a complimentary Tech Tool Kit + $15 gift card after the workshop.

There is more to Google than a simple search engine.

In this workshop, gain the tools and knowledge to better understand how to access Google Meet and other google-related tasks for school purposes.  Participants will also get a quick overview of the other G-Suite applications and see how they can easily be used to better support your family’s learning from elementary years & beyond.

Time will also be allocated for families to connect with our post-secondary students to ask any questions related to their experience in education including online learning.

Workshop pre-requisite:

  • Good command of English (we plan to offer this workshop in other languages)
  • participants will be asked to turn their screen on for engagement and learning purposes

Note:  to find out how you can book a workshop, please contact us at info@letsgettogether.ca

STEM it UP! – Making Homemade Playdough with our Student Ambassadors

Saturday, February 27th, 4 – 5pm                                                                    

Cost:  Free*   First 10 youth to register & attend the event will receive a $10 Dollarama Gift Card after the event.

Enjoy a fun event learning how to make homemade play dough with the STEM it UP student ambassadors! Learn about the interesting science behind making play dough!  We’ll also play a fun game of Kahoot and learn about play dough.

Adult supervision requiried for young children required  *use of warm-hot tap water

Materials required for the experiment:

Equipment:

  • A large bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoon
  • A small saucepan
  • A large spoon
  • An airtight container for storage (optional)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar (optional; it will make your play dough last longer)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • A couple drops of food colouring (optional)
  • Essential oils, food extracts or dried spices of your choice (optional)

*Chance to win prizes at the event!

 

WORKSHOP: Let’s Talk Finance & Post-secondary Education 


Friday, March 5th, 2021, 4:30 – 6pm (new date)
High school students (Grade 9 – 12) + parents

Guest Speaker:  University of Toronto Mississauga Centre for Student Engagement

How do you plan to finance your post-secondary education?
Do you know what financial options are available?

Learn to create a financial plan for your post-secondary education.

This informative workshop is delivered by the University of Toronto Mississauga Centre for Student Engagement as part of their Access Initiatives; that supports youth and communities to experience post-secondary education opportunities through hands-on, educational and engaging workshops with faculty, on campus partners, and/or UTM students.

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

Students and families will:

  • explore the various financial options available for post-secondary education
  • Get tips on financing PSE from a Financial Aid Officer
  • Understand the application process for jobs on campus.
  • Partake in a hands on budgeting workshop

EduTechConnect Family Digital Literacy workshop:
Cybersecurity 101  

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 11 – 12:15pm  
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orkshop maximum: 8 registrants

Each registrant who participates will be mailed a complimentary Tech Tool Kit + $15 gift card after the workshop.

Ever heard of stories of cybersecurity or online threats in the news?

This workshop will help families develop knowledge and skills to better manage cybersecurity related issues so they can take a proactive approach against any cybersecurity or digital concerns. Participants will learn the terminology of the online cybersecurity world (i.e virus, hacking, etc)  along with tips and tricks towards preventing cybersecurity related risks.

Time will also be allocated for families to connect with our post-secondary students to ask any questions related to their experience in education including online learning.

Workshop pre-requisite:

  • Good command of English (we plan to offer this workshop in other languages)
  • participants will be asked to turn their screen on for engagement and learning purposes

Note:  to find out how you can book a workshop, please contact us at info@letsgettogether.ca

We thank @takingitglobal for helping us make this program possible #risingyouth

EduTechConnect Family Digital Literacy workshop:
Computers 101

 

Please join our waiting list or e-mail info@letsgettogether to bring this workshop to your community
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orkshop maximum: 10 registrants

I want to learn how to be more tech savvy like my kids!

Let’s our students facilitators help your family gain more confidence using their device/computer. We will go over introductory computer terms, learn how to navigate and browse the computer, save documents, understand different file extensions, as well as basic internet browser and Microsoft word applications (Google Chrome, Word, Excel, etc), pdf files, and compressed files such as .zip.

Participants will also briefly discuss the importance of computer ergonomics (healthy habits and postures) that can reduce fatigue, injuries and strains, and create an overall comfortable and more relaxing learning environment.

Along with levelling up your computer knowledge, families will have the chance to connect with post-secondary students to ask any questions they’re curious about related to education.

Course pre-requisite:

  • Good command of English (we plan to offer this workshop in other languages)
  • participants will be asked to turn their screen on for engagement and learning purposes

Note:  to find out how you can book a workshop, please contact us at info@letsgettogether.ca

EduTechConnect Family Digital Literacy workshop:
Troubleshoot 101 (Computer Troubleshoot, Research & Repairs)

 

Please join our waiting list or e-mail info@letsgettogether to bring this workshop to your community
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orkshop maximum: 10 registrants

 

Having a little bit of trouble with your device?

This workshop provides families some confidence in how to navigate technical issues they face and resources to get support. Families will travel through the troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance process that incorporates research and safety techniques to keep their devices running smoothly!  Families are encouraged to present common issues they may face with their device as well as connect with our post-secondary students to learn about student life.

Workshop pre-requisite:

  • Familiar with basic computer functions such as open/close files, open web browers, difference between hardware & software, taking screen shots, and attaching files to e-mails
  • Know how to connect/disconnect wifi to modem
  • Good command of English (we plan to offer this workshop in other languages)
  • participants will be asked to turn their screen on for engagement and learning purposes

Note:  to find out how you can book a workshop, please contact us at info@letsgettogether.ca

We thank @takingitglobal for helping us make this program possible #risingyouth

PLAN & PREPARE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS – A guide for parents & students Grade 6 & up

 

TBA for February/March 2021

Please send an e-mail to info@letsgettogether to join the waiting list.

 

This presentation will help students Grade 6 & up understand what scholarships are and start their scholarship journey plan so they can apply with confidence in high school.  Session includes an introduction to creating your own scholarship journey plan.  Family participation is strongly encouraged.  Space is limited to 12 registrants.

Students Grade 6 & Up + Families

Families who attend our Plan & Prepare for Scholarships Workshop will be eligible to join our new family mentorship program coming this fall.

Student Ambassadors: TBA

WORKSHOP: The Science of Stress – The Brain/Body Connection

Coming this spring!
Students Grade 8 & up

Guest Speaker:  Fran Burke, Masters in Education, Certified Life Skills Coach,
TDSB Educator 20+ years,  Author of How to End Exam Anxiety – The Ultimate Approach

Come and participate in this eye-opening workshop on the science of stress and how it affects the brain/body system.   Find out how everyone experiences the results of stress in similar ways.   Also, receive a go-to list of easy-to-do stress-reduction strategy suggestions.

This workshop is to provide information only.  It is not therapy.  Should you need professional support for unmanageable stress or anxiety, please talk to your family doctor.

Student Ambassadors: Shanza, Samuel

Past workshops/events:

  • 1st Year Post-Secondary Education – Plan & Prepare
  • Peer Pressure – Good, bad or both?
  • Self-care For Youth – Managing my health to reduce anxiety/stress
  • What can I do to be more productive with my learning at home?
  • Social Media Safety & Youth – Can you be cool & safe?
  • Play & Learn:  Jeopardy – topics covered cyberbullying, social media, peer pressure, self care
  • Play & Learn:  Minecraft Education – topics covered responsible gaming, digital responsibility & digital citizenship
  • Stress-less in High School
  • Transition to Canada (High school) Guest Speaker: Bharti Lorke School Settlement Worker
  • Plan & Prepare for Scholarships – A guide for student & parents (Grade 6 & up)
  • Play & Learn: Transition to Canada – topics covered language carriers, making friends, more
  • SPECIAL EVENT:  Math It UP – a series of 3 workshops hosted by 5 Post-secondary Student Mathmaticians.  Guest:  Vanessa Vakharia, The Math Guru as well as Parent Ambassador, Jorge Martinez & his son Sebastian,

Our Goals

  • Motivate and better prepare students for the pursuit of higher-education.
  • Create a meaningful, inclusive and interactive learning experience for everyone.
  • Encourage parent and family involvement.
  • Foster peer connections and create empathy to build community.
  • Promote a philosophy of life-long learning for all.
  • Encourage, motivate and guide each other through story sharing.
  • Make learning equitable, accessible and adaptable.

LGTin5 Videos

A series of videos aiming to bring valuable information to youth and parents from the lived experiences of post secondary students in only 5 minutes!  Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Be the first to watch them.

Interested in a customized LGTin5 video for your organization, school or business?                                They’re great discussions starters or segway tools between topics that can be incorporated into trainings, presentations or workshops.  They’re also great as stand alone videos to share with your community.    Click on the button to learn more.

Topic:  Time Management        Language:  English

Topic:  Note Taking                  Language:  English

Topic: Parent/Child Communication (for parents)  Language: English

Topic: Post-Secondary Pathways                         Language:  Urdu/Hindi

Another LGTin5 Video Coming Soon!

Learning with ADHD
Applying for Scholarships

Topic:  Growing Up in  a Single Parent Household          Language:  English

Topic:  Women Working in  Male-Dominated Fields          (Part 1 of 2)                Language:  English

Topic: Women Working in Male-Dominated Fields      (Part 2 of 2)                                 Language: English

Facebook Group

Let’s Get Together would like to invite parents, families and youth from all backgrounds (both domestic and international) to join our letsgettalkingTORONTO Facebook group and learn from our amazing group of Student Ambassadors in an inclusive, supportive and empowering community.  

#letsgettalking

Through Youths’ Eyes 

Encouraging youth across Ontario to speak up and share their perspective, ideas and solutions on issues that affect their education, family, well-being and community through an open, inclusive and respected platform that helps amplify youth’s voice within the greater community.

Read about what is on our Junior Student Ambassador’s minds today!

Let’s Get Together is currently looking for a group of diverse, compassionate and leadership-oriented post-secondary students or recent graduates from all backgrounds to act as Student Ambassadors for our Let’s Get Talking Initiative. 

As a Student Ambassador, you will provide motivation, encouragement and guidance to the members of our community, while also providing insight into your personal experiences through online forums, webinars and more.