This episode is going to be one in which we delve into what it is that youth need to thrive.We know that research shows that several significant elements help our students grow and develop at their best, and we have a guest today who is an expert in this area. We know, of course, it is not just good grades and academic success that enable kids to thrive in school and in life, but that there are far more pieces to the puzzle than that. There are conditions, too, that create the opportunities for growth and development of students, and creating these conditions also takes intention and time and skill. Once again, we are so fortunate to have this guest, here at the virtual kitchen table with us, so we can pick his brain and get into this topic, as this – helping our students to thrive and be their best selves – is what it is all about.
“Every human being strives for significance, but people will always make mistakes if they do not recognize that their own significance lies in their contribution to the lives of others.” (Social Interest, Gemeinschaftsgefühl)
Nick Christofides has been working with families in the Lower Mainland for the last 23 years. He is a former teacher, coach, counsellor, department head, site based administrator and currently works with the district leadership team as the Safe and Caring Schools lead. Much of Nick’s work has been focussed in the areas of fostering connections, helping vulnerable students, promoting health and wellness and supporting the education of staff and students in the area of mental health literacy.