What Is School Watch?
Our School Watch program is an adaptation of Neighbourhood Watch where high school students learn how to participate in community safety and well-being! The program focuses on educating students on crime prevention, engaging them in community clean-up events, and encouraging responsible reporting.
Through this program, Safe City Mississauga offers in-person presentations on topics such as Graduation 101 and Criminal Record Impacts and we organize community clean-up events to support students in earning volunteer hours towards their graduation requirement!
The program also includes nine Youth Life Skills mini courses available on our online platform that we work through with students in the classroom or can be completed independently. The courses teach skills which support students in working toward academic and vocational goals and encourage healthy behaviour and independence. They take a non-judgmental approach and focus on skills that all young people need like budgeting, goal setting, email etiquette, job searching, meal planning, and applying for college.
The topics include:
- Communication Skills for Academic & Professional Success
- Jobs & Careers
- Healthy Living
- Personal Finance (2 courses)
- Planning for Post-Secondary Education
- Critical Thinking
- Time Management, Planning & Organization
Our #FutureGrad Grad 101 mini course explains all the requirements for graduating from secondary school in Ontario, offers information on special programs like the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, and options like summer school and night school.
Each mini course includes a short quiz to ensure understanding, downloadable worksheets to support skill integration, and topic-specific resources to support further learning. For each course completed, a certificate is earned (great for adding to resumes!).