What We Offer

Students in a discussion circleAll of our programs are fun, highly interactive and cater to various different learning styles. We incorporate role play, case scenarios, video clips, inquiry-based learning, art-based approaches, kinesthetic activities and much more.

The recommended workshop length is 1.5 to 2 hours with a maximum group size of 25 to 30 students, and most appropriate for  grades 7 to 12. If you are interested in programming for children or young adults outside of this age range, please contact us.

Formats and topics can be combined and customized based on the unique needs of your school/organization and students.

Social Emotional Learning & Empathy Workshops
Mental Health Peer Leader Training/Workshops
Leadership Workshops
Social Justice Workshop
Educator Training
Specialist High Skills Major Certifications
Program Costs



Social Emotional Learning & Empathy Workshops

Understanding Emotions Workshop:

  • Students learn emotional expression and communication skills
  • Develop an understanding of how emotions can build over time and develop positive coping strategies
  • Paired with workshops on perspective taking and/or empathic communication

Self-Identity & Self Esteem Workshop:

  • Help students understand themselves so they can contribute and intervene in their school and community
  • Coach young people to develop positive self-esteem and self-confidence to give them tools to take positive actions

Perspective Taking Workshop:

  • Help young people learn skills to make taking another’s perspective second nature
  • Build ability to reflect upon their own experience and relate this to another’s situation, building the capacity for empathy and positive actions
  • To deepen the impact of this workshop, it pairs well with the Communication for Empathy workshop

Connectedness & Personal Responsibility Workshop:

  • This workshop demonstrates how the world is our community, and how each of us are deeply connected to one another

Promoting Inclusion Workshop:

  • This workshop helps young people understand their own areas of bias, discusses examples of reaching out to “outsiders”, and creating positive attitudes based upon new understanding of ourselves and others
  • Contains higher-level concepts, and is recommended only after at least another workshop has been facilitated with the group, such as Self-Identity or Perspective Taking

Assertiveness & Positive Decision Making Workshop:

  • Youth learn about normal human behaviours that can act as a barrier for deciding to help others
  • By learning a new model of decision making, young people develop skills to intervene in positive ways
  • This workshop pairs well with Perspective Taking

Communicating for Empathy Workshop:

  • This workshops helps young people learn and practice effective communication skills that develop their understanding of empathy
  • This workshop pairs well with Perspective Taking

Planning for the Positive Workshop:

  • This workshop focuses on application of knowledge for future actions
  • Participants will learn techniques for personal goals, positive interactions with others networking for success

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Mental Health Workshops

Peer Leader Training Workshop: 

  • Recommended length for training is six hours which can be split across multiple modules or completed in one full day
  • An increased understanding of common mental health challenges, their myths and facts, as well as signs and symptoms
  • Understanding the relationship between positive mental health and the prevention of suicide and self-harm
  • Students gain practical skills they can utilize to reach out to peers experiencing mental health challenges, as well as an awareness of how and when to reach out to adult allies
  • Learning the fundamentals of emotions and positive coping strategies
  • Young people who are ready and willing to intervene in their classrooms, online spaces, social circles and beyond
  • Optional: Students can receive certificate upon successful completion

Coping Skills Sessions Workshop:

  • Teaches coping skills to students for anxiety and stress


  • Incorporates mental health, well-being and empathetic communication into a retreat setting

Parent Workshops:

  • Helps empower parents with information on what to watch for around mental health concerns, and strategies to support teens

Holistic School Approach:

  • If you are looking for a tailored approach that takes into account your school’s unique strengths and challenges, deepens your understanding of issues contributing to school climate, and proactively prioritizes student and staff well-being? Get in touch with us today.

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Leadership Workshops

Leadership Foundations Workshop:

  • Students develop an understanding of positive leadership characteristics and conflict styles
  • Develop skills to  grow their leadership skills within their school and greater community

Connecting Leadership Strengths with Leadership Action Workshop:

  • Help each student recognize their unique strengths and talents and the collective leadership capacity of the group
  • Create connections between strengths with causes students are passionate about
  • Set specific goals for leadership action and identifying allies, resources, and opportunities for collaboration in their school and community network to achieve these goals

Problem Solving for Student Leaders Workshop:

  • Addressing barriers to leadership by exploring our own assumptions and doubts as leaders and practical skills to address them and move forward

Self-Care for Student Leaders Workshop:

  • Student leaders learn practical skills to take care of themselves so they can take care of their school communities

Leadership Team Communication Tune-Up Workshop:

  • Sometimes assumptions and “the usual way of doing things” creates ruts in leadership teams
  • Students will learn and practice skills to optimize their team dynamics
  • Young people will develop their communication and understanding skills

Leaving a Legacy Workshop:

  • For advanced student leaders there will be an outcome oriented session on creating leadership roles that count
  • Develop skills to create a meaningful plan of action

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Social Justice Workshop

  • Through an anti-oppressive lens, students delve into the differences between charitable and social justice approaches to poverty reduction
  • Through a tailored and innovative exercise, students develop a clear understanding of how their choices and lives are inter-dependent with marginalized communities and humanity
  • This workshop pairs well with the Planning for the Positive workshop listed above

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  • Common Compass programming can provide a fun, reflective opportunity for students in a leadership capacity or particular point in the school year such as graduation or the beginning of a new school year
  • Two to three of the above workshops can be combined for a condensed day or weekend-long experience, highlighting the goals of a particular school or board
  • This format also works well if time throughout the school year is difficult to find, and schools want to address several topics in a condensed or one-time manner.
  • Ideal retreat group size is a classroom size is 25 to 30 students although larger groups may be accommodated with additional facilitators.

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Educator Training

  • Six hours of training  can be delivered in one full day or several shorter modules for educators, up to 30 educators is recommended
  • Introductory sessions are also available
  • Learning about the connection between social emotional learning and academic achievement.
  • Understanding the critical elements of the Common Compass SELF-OTHERS-SKILLS model that includes
    • Understanding the role of positive student self-identity
    • Helping students understand emotions
    • Creating a sense of safety for students when talking about tough issues
  • Fundamentals for building empathy
  • Understanding common barriers to pro-social behaviour
  • Teaching and using empathetic communication
  • Understanding key mental health challenges and how they can present in the classroom; positive coping mechanisms and identifying flags for when students require further support

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Specialist High Skills Major Certification Programming

  • Business: fits management/ leadership requirements- covers effective communication, team dynamics, leadership styles, ethics and corporate social responsibility
  • Non Profit fits ethical decisions, management/ leadership and fundraising requirements. Also includes a strong focus on social justice and anti-oppression framework.
  • Health & Wellness: fits ethical considerations, group dynamics and leadership requirements

All SHSM programming:

  • Tailored to the stream area, with field-specific content and case scenarios
  • Speaks to various learning styles by incorporating activities such as role play, arts-based activities, team presentations, inquiry/student-directed exercises and much more
  • Includes final assessment and certificates for all participating students

Contact us for a collaborative conversation about your goals and for more information on length and format.

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Program Costs

  • Common Compass is a non-profit organization, but does charge user fees to school boards/schools to cover costs and to ensure work can continue
  • Costs to school boards/schools vary according to:
    • Number of students participating
    • Number of programs you wish to book
    • Location(s) of program(s)
    • Length of program(s) booked
    • Which program(s) are booked
  • Common Compass provides tailored service estimates for each school board/school/youth organization we work with based on this information. Contact us today for a collaborative conversation.

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