The TCDSB’s Focus On Youth program implemented a new hiring processes this year called the “Carousel,” a more interactive approach to hiring students. This process included giving the students various tasks to demonstrate their skills while being on the job. This process allowed teachers to see the students in action before hiring them.
One-on-one interviews with teachers
The program starts at 5:00pm with registration. After a quick introduction, they begin with a game of Simon Says, to show the importance of listening and following instructions. Following this activity is an Inner/Outer Circle game, which portrays effective communication.
After that, three more activities are prepared, including Non-verbal challenges, Inclusion, and Team Work. With this Carousel program as a unique process of interviewing, the leaders were chosen and employed with Focus On Youth.
What a great pose for the camera!
Jumping for joy!
The Focus on Youth Carousel is a new and exciting event created this year. It is a modern and interactive interview process, designed to help teachers and staff to select suitable camp counsellors for the summer. The process involves a variety of tasks and activities given to the students to demonstrate their leadership skills. It was a good way to test potential leaders, and see how they would act on the job.
The evening started at 5:00 pm with registration, followed by an introduction and Welcome/Instructions until 5:30 pm. Participants then played a Simon Says activity to test their listening and instruction-following skills. When they finished, they had a talk about the importance of following instructions and listening. Next was an Inner/Outer Circle activity, and a talk about the Importance of Effective Communication, and how the activity portrayed it.
A half-hour dinner of pizza and drinks began at 6:20, with a ten minute talk to debrief afterword. There were several more activities that evening, including a non-verbal challenge to show how actions speak louder than words, a game called Molecules to demonstrate inclusion, and a tower building activity. The last one was a Balloon Game exercise to develop team work. At 8:10, there was a 20 minute presentation, and the evening concluded at 8:45 with a Wrap Up and discussion of Next Steps. With this unique approach to an interview, the best leaders were chosen to be Focus on Youth employees for the summer!
The student leaders of the Toronto Catholic District School Board attended an information carousel night at Jean Vanier Secondary School. The session consisted of tests to judge the actions of the potential leaders.
Even though these ladies were injured, they still got up to introduce themselves
Those moves are bumping!
The activities were designed to make the leaders more comfortable, and to act as a teaching aide. They also helped the teachers see which students had the most initiative.
Dashawn showing off his moves with his partner
I think she’s got it!
Kung Fu lesson
Fighters shake hands to begin
Mr. Rogers speaking to the leaders
The students played games, and worked as a team throughout the event. Teachers came in from the school board to run the session, and talk to the students. Overall, it was a fun day for students and teachers.
Students are all ears for Mr. Rogers
Students sign in to begin the session
Students share pizza with each other
Words from Jean Vanier
Do the shuffle!
Mr. M speaks to the student leaders
More students signing in
Showing off even more moves to the crowd!
Being injured doesn’t stop these leaders
All eyes on me!