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Ambassador Programs 

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 

This program groups existing UCDSB students with new Canadian students or International students in order to help with their introduction to the school and community. Many successful groupings involve 2 or 3 Canadian students with 5 or 6 international students. Cultural learning, social integration and friendship development opportunities exist for all parties. 

The program is developed with local needs and realities in mind the communities which are served by the UCDSB consist of populations that are largely born and raised in Ontario. Our students are welcoming and anxious to support international students from various cultural backgrounds that enter UCDSB schools; however many have limited experience and require further education to provide a deep understanding of their international peers and how they can best be supported. 

GOAL 

The goal of this program is to help ease the transition and allow for new students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds to ask questions and have a group of peers to turn to when they find themselves in need of information. 

The secondary goal of this program is to help build a climate of acceptance for our incoming students who require more support due to linguistic or cultural differences. 

SELECTION 

Students are selected via a variety of ways: 

· referred by teachers or by current international students 

· selected because of leadership skills or demonstrated interest in ELL's 

· ability to fully participate (ex: not Link Leaders or already over-committed) 

If you would like to start an ambassador program at your school, feel free to reach out to UCLC or your ESL Learning Partner for more information, guidance, and support. 


ESL Learning Partners: 
 

gina.landriault@ucdsb.on.ca (Western Region) 

shannon.young@ucdsb.on.ca (Eastern Region)

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