ICAN stands for Inclusive Community Ambassador Network. It is a student-lead program that is facilitated by teachers that strives to create opportunities for all students to be included and engaged in their school and the community. Student ambassadors are committed to creating a more inclusive and accepting environment being the leaders of a school wide culture change that embraces 21C learning. They become the catalyst of the six C's: critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, citizenship and Catholic character.
The ICAN mission is to include the meaningful contributions of every child nurtured and validated through friendships so that they may flourish in God’s community together. As Catholics, we are called to be disciples of Jesus and take opportunities to accept, enhance, and appreciate the gifts we acknowledge in all children. Student Ambassadors take on roles in which they plan, program and co-ordinate activities and events to promote inclusion. Teacher Ambassadors focus on supporting these initiatives and also create curriculum connections while planning school wide events. At the end of the year, some schools have chosen to celebrate the contributions of student ambassadors by presenting an ICAN School Community Award which recognizes the positive contributions of a select number of student ambassadors who have made a marked difference in their school community.
ICAN is a growing initiative that is currently in, but not limited to, a number of schools across the York Catholic District School Board. If you would like to become a leader in your school by initiating a community of ICAN ambassadors committed to inclusivity please refer to the resources found on this website.
Together, we can definitely make a difference!
WHAT IS ICAN?
I is for inclusive, we all belong!
C is for community, singing our Catholic song!
A is for ambasadors, leading the way!
N is for the network we make day to day!