Students Say Y.E.S.

Name:  L.A. Matheson Secondary School, Surrey, BC

Program Coordinator:  Laurie Daku

We call ourselves:  Y.E.S. (Youth Educational Support) Program Breakfast & Snack Club.

#1 Health Goal:  Y.E.S is a unique program in the Surrey School District that seeks to support vulnerable youth in grades eight through 12 with positive adult-student interactions. The goal of this program is to encourage youth to be self-confident and optimistic participants of the larger school community, thereby increasing their chances of staying in school. One of the ways we do this is through nutrition support. We provide our students with nutritious breakfasts and snacks at the beginning, middle, and end of their school day. Whether it is a limitless bowl of fresh fruit, protein spreads on freshly baked bread, or a bowl of hot soup on a West Coast rainy day, our students know that we are here for them and that we care about them.

Biggest Challenge:  Increasing the number of our students who make healthy snacks part of their school day.

Biggest Accomplishment:  We see our students making healthier food choices each day which better prepares them to learn.  We recently experienced a complete makeover and renovation to our portable which now provides our students with an incredible 'home-away-from-home' environment where we can gather to share food and learn. While it is one thing to say that we value our students it is another thing for the school district to help us show our students that we value them. This new space, along with our nutrition program, helps us to truly be there for our students.

We will continue to Live Right Now by:  Continuing to celebrate nutritious food in our safe, caring space and sharing it with as many students as possible for many years to come.

Personal Tip for Canadians:  "Success is getting up just one more time than you fall down" so never give up!

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