School Presentation FAQs

Is "Before You Run" relevant for all students?
"Before You Run" covers a broad range of issues that youth face – issues that are universally relevant and that transcend race, religion, culture, gender and socioeconomics. We discuss the potential effects of these risks, how they might impact each other and how they might ultimately contribute to youth homelessness. Every student can benefit from seeing "Before You Run" – whether it’s for information, advice, resources and help or for stronger awareness and capacity to support their friends.

What grades should see "Before You Run"?
Youth under pressure start thinking about leaving home at age 12. Many leave for the first time by age 15. That’s why we offer "Before You Run" to Grades 6 and up. We aim to support young people before things get out of control. It is our experience that "Before You Run" is most effective in Grades 6, 7, 8 and 9. The sooner prevention happens, the better the chance we have at affecting positive change. That said, support at any age can make a huge difference and many schools continue to book "Before You Run" for Grades 10 and up.

What grades should see "Reality Check"?
It is our experience that "Reality Check" is relevant and effective at any grade. The sooner we encourage social responsibility, the more likely it is to become "the norm" rather than "the exception".

Is "Trafficked" appropriate for Grade 7 students?
Trafficked victims are lured as young as age 13. That’s why we offer "Trafficked" to Grades 7 and up. We aim to reach young people before predators do. No doubt, some might think that "sex trafficking" can be a challenging or provocative topic to discuss with young people. This presentation is not about "sex"; it’s about "exploitation". As a local agency that has assisted young, trafficked victims for more than three decades, we are convinced that it’s better to take the approach of "just in case", rather than "as needed" – "prevention" as opposed to "aftercare".

Is there a fee associated with this service?
Our presentations are free of charge; however, honorariums and donations are greatly appreciated and help to offset program costs as we rely on donors for more than 80% of our annual operating budget.

What kind of Audio-Visual equipment or set-up is required?
We aim to make our presentations as accessible as possible so we bring most of what we need: laptop, speakers, projector, and microphone. We need YOU to provide the following:

  • Elevator access – if your presentation space is not on the ground floor)
  • Access to presentation space and lights (key, as needed)
  • Presentation screen or smart board
  • Electrical outlet within 15 ft. or additional extension cord
  • Table or empty A/V cart
  • Two chairs (to elevate speakers)

Are there minimum and maximum group sizes?
Our program has two facilitators to cover all Toronto & GTA schools. We prefer large assembly-style sessions because they allow us to reach more students in more schools. When possible, we ask for a minimum group size of 20 students per presentation. No maximum size!

How soon should we send in our Presentation Request Form?
Our calendar fills up quickly so we recommend that you submit your Request Form as soon as possible. Schools generally book at least 3 months in advance to secure their preferred dates.

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For more information, contact:

Youth Homelessness and Trafficking Prevention & Awareness Program
Covenant House Toronto
(416) 735-1389

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