(Page Updated 2011 March 12)
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OASAR Membership Benefits
The Ontario Association of Students at Risk (OASAR) is a non-profit association that supports the education for at risk youth in Ontario. With over 400 members, the association keeps strong ties with communities, schools boards and agencies who work with at risk youth (students). Many of our sponsors and members are school boards, teachers, counsellors, therapists, probation and parole officers, child and youth workers and law enforcement officers. OASAR’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and education for all students in all risk categories in the Province of Ontario. OASAR’s objectives are to provide advocacy for at risk youth, improve programming, provide a forum of communication and address needs and interests of at risk youth. OASAR is committed to providing research, news, resources and professional development opportunities to members. As of January, 2009, OASAR launched this new website which allows parties to register as members, sign up for conferences, access newsletters, join discussion boards (coming soon!), find out about PD opportunities, and make professional connections in the field.
For the purposes of OASAR, "Student At Risk" shall mean a learner of any age with unique social, emotional, and or intellectual needs which impair functioning as a child or adult;
The objectives of this Association shall be:
- to provide leadership in the development of philosophy relative to students at risk;
- to provide advocacy for students at risk;
- to improve quality of program;
- to address needs and interests of students at risk;
- to provide a forum for communication among those serving students at risk;
- to ensure the development of a network of service providers;
- to share information on professional training, research and other related activities; and,
- to participate in research.
An OASAR membership provides the following:
1. Newsletters- Newsletters contain resources, articles and up to date information regarding current practices and news for working with at risk students.
2. Professional development opportunities- OASAR members may apply for professional development funding up to a maximum of $200 per year per member to host and / or cost-share professional development in their particular geographic area. After approval, recipients are expected to contribute to our newsletter, "Risky Business", highlighting the event.
3. Student leadership funding – OASAR members are invited to apply for funding to a maximum of $200 per year to support an “at risk” student in attending a leadership or educational course. Funding could be used for such things as a leadership camp or a computer course to support learning disabilities. Members who receive this funding support are asked to submit a non-identifying brief article for "Risky Business". .
4. Conferences - Conferences offer a wide range of workshops and presentations by experts from across Canada. A major conference is usually held in April (Toronto) each year. In some years members may receive reduced rates for the conference.
5. A forum of communication for teachers and other professionals working with at risk youth.
All of this is available for $35.00 a year!
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Membership shall be available to any person who is currently working in an elementary or secondary school, a Section 23 classroom setting, a District School Board Office setting, a government ministry or a care, treatment, custody & corrections facility
Membership Start Date: May. 1, 2010; End Date Apr. 30, 2011
Student membership shall be available to any person currently attending a post-secondary education program on a full-time basis. Please include a photocopy of relevant documentation with your application.
Membership Start Date May. 1, 2010; End Date Apr. 30, 2011.
Retired membership shall be available to any person who is fully retired.
Membership Start Date May. 1, 2010; End Date Apr. 30, 2011