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New northwestern Ontario support program boosts graduation rates for Indigenous students – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 13, 2018144 Views

Program builds relationship between school, individual students leads to more successes, greater opportunities

Jun 13, 2018

An innovative support program for Indigenous students at Dryden High School in northwestern Ontario is boosting graduation rates and helping young people realize their potential.

The Four Directions First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) graduation coach program works to support each individual student while they’re in high school, and then helps them transition into post-secondary life, whether that’s university or college, starting a trade or entering the general workforce.

“It really comes down to the relationship, and relationships take time but it’s well worth the investment,” says Kieran McMonagle, the first FNMI coach, who began the program in June 2014.

“It’s become a very tight-knit community within the school and almost a family situation. My favourite conversations to walk into are when my senior students are giving advice to the younger students, based on their experience,” she said.

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