Facey Leadership Initiative
The Leadership Program (Facey Leadership Initiative) at Bev Facey Community High School is one of Facey’s pillars of excellence. F.L.I is an inclusive program that has a high degree of personalization as students decide where their key learning will unfold. The leadership program encourages students to practice mentoring and leadership through individual, paired/partnered and larger group learning opportunities. Students are given opportunities to learn about and develop/foster their resiliency, to learn about and develop their own leadership skills and to take risks to grow in positive and productive ways via experiential learning. Students actively develop their own leadership strengths and aggressively model/develop servant leadership projects to foster leadership within the school context, the local community and on a global perspective.
Since 2000, students in the Facey Leadership Initiative have raised over $150,000 for local organizations like the Youth Emergency Shelter Society, Sherwood Park Relay for Life, Edmonton Diabetes Halloween Howl, to national and international organizations like Canadian Harambee Education Society.The classes are both high energy and reflective in nature. We hope that every student who comes through the program, leaves with an enhanced skill set on how to work with others and the compassion to put others before self in future life endeavors.
The Facey Leadership Initiative courses are offered at the 10, 20, and 30 level, as part of Bev Facey’s six period timetable. Students graduating from Leadership will have enhanced teamwork, communication, conflict resolution and project management skills. They will also engage in a great deal of character development through team building, self-reflection and peer leadership opportunities. The Leadership Seminars is offered to students in all grades outside of the regular schedule, twice a month and on three weekends throughout the year.
Facey Leadership Initiative 10 is focused on the building blocks of leadership. It is a popular class that quickly instills values of working with inclusive mindsets, kindness and enthusiasm for life into the daily routine.
Facey Leadership Initiative 20 takes the lessons learned at the 10 level and applies them in the local community. FLI 20 is all about getting practical experiences by organizing local initiatives to support local charities and organizations as well as supporting the numerous school focused events within the school. Students in FLI 20 find the practical experiences working in the community to be “eye opening” and often life changing.
Facey Leadership Initiative 30 is the practicum for the entire Leadership Program. Students in FLI 30 organize a Leadership retreat for the entire Leadership Program, bring in guest speakers and engage all parties in a planning process for a Global Initiative. FLI 30 students also take the lead in organizing all athletic tournaments, intramural programming, Metro league score keeping duties and our annual FLI leadership summit with our local Jr high leadership programs. This is the course that allows students truly to be “the change they want to see in the world” (Gandhi). The more students put into this initiative, the more they will get out.
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Picture Top Left: FLI Retreat at Birch Bay - January 2015 Picture Bottom Right: FLI Retreat in Jasper - 2014