Success Pathways

The term ‘success pathways’ refers to projects involving children and youth aimed at achieving the community-based indicators of success. The VOICE Research Project aims to provide support for projects aimed at achieving the community-based indicators of success.

Distinct but inter-related definitions of child and youth success: educational achievement, personal identity and social inclusion provide an organizational framework for achievement of the intended outcomes of each community circle’s success pathway.

Our progress:

  • Each community circle identified the meaning of success for children and youth from a community perspective. Each community circle also identified two or three success pathways or activities that would lead to success
  • Each success pathway has a written plan of activities as well as a research plan based on the community-based indicators of success

Success is Educational Achievement: Improved literacy and numeracy skills, technology skills, increased graduation rates

Parent Support
(Bunibonibee Cree Nation Community Circle)
This pathway emphasizes the role of the parents as a child’s first teachers. As children enter school, teachers and parents need to work together to support children in their learning.

Educator Support
(Bunibonibee Cree Nation Community Circle, Lakeshore School Division Community Circle)
This pathway focuses on the learning environment and instructional practices in the classroom and on supporting the adults who have the responsibility for encouraging student engagement. Goals of this success pathway also include developing action research skills of local community educators to make evidence-based decisions that will lead to educational success for children and youth.

Extra-curricular Activities
(Flin Flon Community Circle)
Research shows that student engagement in extra-curricular activities has a positive effect on educational achievement. The goal of the Engaging All Kids Success Pathway is to provide all students in the Flin Flon School Division with access to extra-curricular activities.

School Transition
(Flin Flon Community Circle, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Community Circle)
The goal of these success pathways is to improve student educational achievement by providing peer-mentoring and school support as students transition from middle school to high school or from provincial to federal schools.

Re-imagining Learning Spaces
(Lakeshore School Division Community Circle)
The aim of this pathway is to determine if enhanced learning spaces make an impact on student success, and to establish the types of learning space modalities that make the most impact on student success.

Technology Capacity Building
(Lakeshore SD Community Circle, The Pas Community Circle)
The Technology Success Pathways focus on the development of technological capacity of educators and students across the Lakeshore School Division and The Pas/Kelsey School Division Community Circle.

Action Research
(Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Community Circle)
The focus of this success pathway is to encourage action research in Manitoba First Nations schools.

Success is Personal Identity and Inclusion: Cree language acquisition, Aboriginal culture, self-esteem and leadership to enhance opportunities and promote meaningful participation

Land-based Education
(Thompson Community Circle)
This success pathway is focused on encouraging students to learn about themselves and Aboriginal culture using land-based experiences and the knowledge of local community Elders. It includes land-based camps that focus on local natural resources and traditional learning sites.

Creative Connections Success Pathway
(Opaskwayak Cree Nation Community Circle)
The objective of the Creative Connections Success Pathway is to improve self-esteem, self-confidence, and academic performance through participation in fine arts activities that reflect Cree culture in the community.

Cultural Proficiency
(Thompson Community Circle)
The objective of this pathway is to undertake a variety of community activities that build cultural proficiency and foster an appreciation for the cultural diversity in Thompson and in the School District of Mystery Lake.

Community Connections
(The Pas Community Circle)
A Community Connector works closely with school administration to identify the connections and develop activities and opportunities to increase community involvement and engagement in education programs and activities in The Pas.

Aboriginal Literature Collections
(Brandon University, University College of the North, Opaskwayak Cree Nation Community Circle).
This success pathway assists the development of positive self-identity and educational achievement of children and youth through the acquisition and use of Aboriginal literature and educational resources at Brandon University, the University College of the North and at Oscar Lathlin Collegiate in Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

Cultural, Economic, Political, and Social (CEPS) Youth Leadership Development Program
(Thompson Community Circle)
The objective of this pathway is to build the cultural, economic, political and social skills for Aboriginal youth (15-29) in northern Manitoba. The program is facilitated by youth themselves who have experienced personal and social change.