Métis Stay In School Program (MSSP)

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Objectives

  • MSSP is aimed at providing in school Métis youth the encouragement and support to stay in school.
  • To improve the future of Métis youth through activities aimed at keeping them in school and facilitating their transition from school to work.
  • To provide opportunities for students to participate in after school activities.
  • To build student self esteem by removing barriers to them participating in cultural, school related recreational and other self fulfilling activities.
  • The objective is to encourage the youth to stay in school in order to gain the knowledge and skills to make a place for themselves in the local labour market.
  • To recognize the successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Eligible Clients

  • Métis youth between the ages of 15 – 20 that are enrolled in high school full-time.

Eligible Delivery Agents

  • Can be MNO community councils, Aboriginal organizations (including the MNO), nonprofit groups, government institutions (education, etc.).

Criteria

General Criteria:

  • This program is designed to support both projects and individual Métis client needs.
  • Must be utilized during school terms.
  • Intended to create new opportunities for Aboriginal youth.
  • May create, maintain, or increase Aboriginal youth participation in cultural, academic, career exploration and after school related recreational activities.

Project Criteria:

  • All Aboriginal youth are able to participate in project based activities
  • Must provide opportunities for Aboriginal youth to grow and build self esteem and self awareness (including cultural awareness)
  • Sponsors/Employers must submit a project proposal and budget including all costs and a work plan
  • Project needs to demonstrate the support of the Métis community
  • Sponsors/Employers must possess the appropriate qualifications and expertise to develop, implement and manage the project.
  • Proof of third Party Liability coverage is mandatory
  • Staffing must be tied directly to the project and cannot replace permanent staff.

Individual Criteria:

  • Intended to establish a series of supports to assist Métis youth most likely to leave school.
  • Financial support may be provided to remove barriers to participation such as bus tickets, daycare costs tied to attendance, etc.
  • Clients must access training through the MNO intake and assessment process.

A variety of programs and service interventions for school retention activities is provided under the Stay in School options. They are as follows:

Educational Support– Tutoring in core subjects, Cognitive Testing, participation in school related activities, etc.
Cultural Programs– Programs for all grades that provide opportunities to learn culture through stories, arts and support from Elders.
Recreational Programs – Costs associated with participation in school related recreational activities may be considered for funding.
Career Exploration – Career Exploration for grades 9 and 10, and experiential cooperative on-the-job learning opportunities for grades 11 and 12.

Duration

  • Program is eligible only throughout the school year.

Funding

  • CRF

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