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Message from the Director
Message from the Director

February  21, 2018

Out of the Boardroom and Onto the Street

Can you imagine being homeless? And can you imagine being homeless at age 12 or 17? This is the reality for some of our students. For many, they need to flee their home because they suffer violence or are told to leave because of their social identity or personal struggles.
The success of our students who need us the most is a measure of our commitment to equity and our strength as a board. That is why a team of leaders in our board is participating in the 360°Kids Experience. The YRDSB Out of the Boardroom and Onto the Street team will be spending an evening on the street to raise awareness of the struggles of our youth and to help raise funds so that 360°Kids can support them. I’m pleased to be joined with fellow team members Board Chair Corrie McBain, Trustees Allan Tam, Billy Pang and Cynthia Cordova, and Superintendents Michael Cohen and Tod Dungey.  If you are able to provide a donation to 360°Kids please visit our team page.
YRDSB is a proud partner of 360°Kids through iGrad, a program for homeless youth at their Richmond Hill Hub. Since the program started last year, more than 10 students have graduated with their high school diplomas, supported by a YRDSB teacher. This year, more than 50 students have signed up to access learning and other supports through the program. Through this program, and the other programs they operate, 360°Kids helps youth overcome crisis and transition to safety and stability. 
We are participating in this event only for one night. Some of our students face this reality every day.  We want to be sure they have every opportunity we can give them to succeed and overcome the extreme barriers they face. Thank you for supporting 360°Kids.



Warm Regards,
Louise Sirisko
Director of Education

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