Frequently Asked Questions
Are you facilitating in-person workshops?
We are facilitating in-person workshops, as current public health guidelines allow. We work with each community group to design programs that integrate physically-distanced activities and safety measures.
We are also offering our all of our workshop programs virtually.
What happens in a TREE workshop?
In TREE classroom workshops, the goal is to equip youth with social-emotional skills to acknowledge and manage conflict in their most important relationships. Through games, simulations, discussion, and individual reflection, youth learn and practice the skills they need to transform conflict positively, like active listening, mindfulness, communication skills, teamwork, and empathy. All programs include content from four key concepts; principles of peace, principles of conflict, relationships with others, and relationship with ourselves. Together, these concepts come together to create a holistic tool kit for healthy conflict resolution.
How do you design your curriculum?
Our peace education programs are designed in partnership with our advisory committee, which includes certified educators, facilitators, and peace practitioners.
Do you facilitate in classrooms outside of Waterloo Region?
Yes, we currently facilitate virtual programs for youth across Ontario, and facilitate in-person workshops (when safe to do so!) in schools across Southern Ontario. Please contact us for more information about bringing TREE to your school.
How long is the booking process?
When you request information for a program, our team will be in touch to confirm workshop times and set up an in-take conversation. Usually this process takes about a week, depending on scheduling.
Community and Classroom programs must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance.
Is there a maximum of students per workshop?
We work with one class of students at a time, with a maximum of 30 students per classroom workshop.
In community programs, we facilitate workshops for groups of up to 75 people.
Is there a cost for workshops?
TREE is a charitable organization, and we work with community sponsors and local donors to keep program costs to a minimum. With their generous support, TREE is able to provide our programs for a subsidized fee, which varies depending on your school board. Schools that register more than one classroom may be eligible for additional subsidies.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been able to offer full scholarships for some of our classroom workshops.
Connect with us to learn which subsidies your group is eligible for.
Do you have any resources for teachers?
Yes! Teachers who host TREE Classroom programs will receive our Peaceful Classrooms Guide, and a grade-specific activity guide. Our blog shares resources and ideas for educators and families to build conflict resolution skills and positive classroom culture.
Do you have any resources for families?
Is TREE a WRDSB approved vendor?
What’s the difference between classroom programs and community workshops?
TREE Classrooms are programs designed for students in kindergarten to grade eight that align with grade-specific Ontario curriculum. In Classroom programs, our facilitators will lead activities with your classroom for five consecutive weeks. Classroom programs include additional resources for your classroom.
TREE Community programs are tailored to your group of youth, from ages 6 to 24. We have worked with camps, leadership teams, churches, school retreats, and high school conferences. Choose from one of our trainings for youth, or get in touch to design a peace, justice, or conflict resolution workshop for your group.