EPIC is pleased to make available the following resources created by the staff, volunteers and participants of the Youth Peer Breakthrough and Parents PEACE Program in past and current projects.
(.pdf files immediately download to your computer when clicked)
Each of these resources are copyrighted © by EPIC under a 3.0 Creative Commons License. We are happy to share them for non-commercial use. Please click on the icon below for details about the requirements for use:
These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
The attribution: EPIC – Educational Program Innovations Charity Society: © ; epiccharity.com
must be on any and all printed and/or electronic versions that you use or distribute.
Please drop us an email note at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you wish to use them. We appreciate your interest and cooperation. Thanks.
Breakthrough Notebook: Rising from the Pitfalls–Youth Insights
Breakthrough is a program for youth 14 – 28 who are former or current participants in Youth Peer. The Notebook is a youth-generated resource, written in 2011 – 2013 with funding from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. Challenges that these students identified were discussed in a safe group situation while a Breakthrough staff person wrote down the student’s ideas, both the pitfalls and the strategies for overcoming or avoiding them. The notebook is intended to transform the insights of youth participants into a practical and easy-to-use lifeline for other youth in similar crisis situations.
Breakthrough Notebook .pdf file
Tutor Activities Handbook
This booklet was researched and written by the volunteers and staff of Youth Peer in 2012 – 2013 with funding from the Central Cape Breton Community Health Board and Intact Insurance. Volunteers brainstormed topics that tutors might likely encounter and then researched activities that would engage and inform students. The handbook offers group and individual activities for issues pertaining to Anger Management, Stress, Hygiene, Bullying and Self-Esteem.
Tutor Activities Handbook .pdf file
Volunteer Training Notebook
Training is an on-going process that Youth Peer undertakes with its Volunteer Tutor/Mentors. In 2012 – 2013, the staff reviewed the large amount of information that is offered in the formal training sessions and picked out the most essential elements to put in this notebook, so that each tutor can have his or her own reference to keep. It is short, easily-printed, and full of useful, practical tips for any volunteer working with youth.
Volunteer Training Notebook .pdf file
B.O.L.D. (Bridging Over Learning Difficulties)
The B.O.L.D Handbook was written in 2009 – 2010 with funding from IWK. This resource is designed to assist volunteers in tutoring and mentoring students who have challenges in learning. It contains practical, specific strategies for dealing with common learning difficulties and behaviours.
B.O.L.D. Handbook .pdf file
Community Youth Volunteer Empowerment Toolkit
The Toolkit was undertaken in 2003 – 2004 with sponsorship from Volunteer Canada. Volunteer tutors with the help of Youth Peer staff, came up with recurring areas of concern in dealing with their students. The topics were then researched and written up by tutors with the goal of developing a standardized guide to be used by volunteers in many situations where youth are involved.
Volunteer Toolkit .pdf File