Lead­er­ship Today, Lead­ers To­mor­row

The Hamilton Spectator - - OUR PULSE - SHEILA MWAURA, GRADE 12

Knight Lit Coun­cil mem­bers at St. Thomas More Catholic Sec­ondary School are tak­ing on the ini­tia­tive and lead­er­ship role of a new pi­lot pro­gram in their school. This re­cent pro­gram is an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to bet­ter their school en­vi­ron­ment by pick­ing a small tar­get area and re­search­ing more about it.

The English Lan­guage Learner Men­tor­ship Pro­gram is in its early phase and fo­cuses on peers men­tor­ing peers in or­der to fos­ter an op­por­tu­nity for growth, both per­son­ally and aca­dem­i­cally. The Knight Lit Coun­cil Mem­bers meet ELL stu­dents reg­u­larly and talk about their ex­pe­ri­ence fit­ting in and how they are do­ing aca­dem­i­cally, as well as any­thing else that the ELL stu­dents want to talk about.

This pro­gram is con­nected to the heart of the mem­bers, as most of them are ELLs them­selves or are sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion im­mi­grants. This en­sures that the Knight Lit Coun­cil mem­bers can con­nect well with the ELLs and can find some­thing in com­mon to dis­cuss.

The Knight Lit Coun­cil mem­bers came up with this idea af­ter at­tend­ing the STaRs Fo­rum (Stu­dents as Re­searchers) lead­er­ship con­fer­ence, that was held at the On­tario Ed­u­ca­tion Lead­er­ship Cen­ter in Oril­lia, On­tario. Stu­dents from across On­tario spent three days and two nights talk­ing about is­sues that mat­ter to them the most and brain­storm­ing pos­si­ble so­lu­tions.

Knight Lit teacher ad­vi­sor Mrs. Alongi says, “It was great to wit­ness th­ese fu­ture lead­ers as they dis­cussed not only how to make their school com­mu­nity bet­ter, but how to change and im­pact the world, work­ing to­gether, one step at a time.”

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