The Genesis South program addresses the needs of students who have an extended history of non-engagement in school. The program is designed to meet the academic, vocational, personal and social needs of each student.
Students are ages 16 to 19 years old and are working on subjects in Grades 10 -12 for the Dogwood or Adult Dogwood. The Genesis South program works for students who have had a number of school failures and require a more supportive environment. The two staff members (VSB teacher and PLEA Youth Worker) employ a team approach which includes but is not limited to school staff, Social Worker, Probation Officer, parent/guardian, mental health worker and/or one-to-one worker to help students be successful. Students referred to this program meet the Ministry of Education criteria for designation in the “H” category, and may also meet the criteria for other categories, such as, "D," "G," or "Q."
Student progress is managed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process which involves the student, the parent/guardian and program staff. The teacher develops learning plans and course materials to meet the educational needs of each student. Adaptations and modifications are made where necessary. In addition to the academic component, students may be engaged in work experience, recreation, social and life skills activities. Transition Plans are developed to provide transition to further educational or vocational programs or employment after they complete their time in the Genesis South program.
Referrals are made from MCFD or Aboriginal delegated agency The student's Social Worker and/or Probation Officer email a referral to the MCFD Youth Services Community Liaison. Referrals are accepted on an on-going basis reviewed by a MCFD/VSB screening committee to determine eligibility, placement and priority.