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CoachCast no. 89 Mental Health Panel (live) ►

Released May 5, 2017

New Path Youth & Family Services has received a grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to fund our continued evaluation work. Over the next 3 years, we will use a participatory evaluation model to assist in the engagement of youth with lived experience, athletes and coaches to develop a new program related to Peer-to-Peer Mentorship. We will provide training  on peer mentorship and then support them to mentor other youth and athletes. This project is a collaborative initiative with The Students Commission of Canada who is lead of The Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, and RISE Athlete Support Programs who is a collection of Coaches, educators and high performance athletes focused on providing resources for young athletes as they develop into strong team and community leaders. Through our evaluation work more athletes and youth with lived experience will have emotional and social strengths, and coaches and mentors will have the skills to support children and youth who are facing barriers.  On May 28th RISE and our ETR partners facilitated the Youth Summit on Mental Health.  This episode is an exerpt from the panel. Resources for Athletes - http://www.samhi.ca/introducing-the-new-samhi-mental-health-action-plan-mhap/ Resources for Coaches -  http://expandthereach.ca/signs-and-strategies/ @expandthereach @mentally_tough @stdntsCmmssn @RISEAthlete ThirdTimesACharm

CoachCast no. 88 Marian Boer ►

Released May 5, 2017

6 Months is a long time to go without a CoachCast.   The format has changed (as promised) but the nerdum remains. Marian Boer is the Chief Psychologist for the York Region District School Board and one of the brains helping to guide The ETR Youth Summitt - Promoting mental health through sport.   The Simmitt will take place in Simcoe County, Ontario May 28, 2016.  If you would like to contribute/participate please email info@riseathlete Subject: Youth Summitt 2016.   @ExpandtheReach @StdntsCmmssn @RISEAthlete

CoachCast no. 65 Lisa Kalfus (Expand the Reach) ►

Released May 5, 2017

Coach education primarily focuses on athlete development. . . on those sport specific technical skills that directly translate into performance. Lisa Kalfus and her team at Expand the Reach have been working with dozens of coaches to create complimentary resources. Specifically, Expandthereach.ca develops and manages philanthropic investment and mobilize community support to meet the mental health needs of children, youth and families. expandthereach.ca @expandthereach @RISEAthlete The Battle within Larry Sanders (NBA) http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/12354422/larry-sanders-battle-anxiety-depression