Enter the 2014 B.C. Lion’s Skills for Life Summit.
“Tate will be flying down Saturday evening, and Sunday of course, he will be one of the spectators at the CFL Grey Cup game,” Principal of Bert Bowes Middle School, Wade Hart explained. “Then on Monday is when the actual summit with the B.C. Lions takes place.”
Half of the summit is focused on Find Your Fit, a province-wide educational program aimed at students from grade 6 – 10 in an effort to teach them about trades and offer a head start for some hands-on learning, as well as potential dual credits and apprenticeships.
“There’s just been a real focus here lately, certainly within the school system, around the Find Your Fit program specifically, and exposing students more to what kind of job opportunities are out there, or are predicted to be out there,” Hart says of the unusual partnership between the Lions and the province’s trades industry.
Although the other half of the summit is more to the style of the CFL’s community engagement.
“The B.C. Lions have a couple of programs they’ll be offering on Monday around ‘Erase Bullying’ and ‘Be More Than a Bystander’, so that certainly addresses bullying issues in schools – around the community – as well they shine a light on the issues around violence towards females.”
Tate, grade 8, is being joined by one other student of the same grade, Brandyn.
Tate says he’s “pretty excited” and looks forward to learning about “all the jobs that we can be doing when we grow up, and tell everybody about ‘Erase Bullying’.”
The 2014 B.C. Lion’s Skills for Life Summit is a joint effort between the Ministry of Education, the B.C. Lions, and Pacific NorthWest LNG.
A total of 122 students from across the province have chosen for the trip to Richmond.