“The brilliance of Captains & Poets was their ability to tailor the workshops to our school leadership and character development programming as well as students’ individual leadership journeys. Whether experienced leaders or novices, students found it valuable and were able to seamlessly make connections to their own experiences. The facilitators were experts in insuring all voices were heard and leading our students to new understandings in wholly natural and stress-free conversations. Students were empowered to reimagine and expand their leadership potential by balancing the Captain and the Poet in an authentic way. The workshops met the pent-up need and demand for meaningful leadership training and will inform our own framework going forward. “

James Darling – OCT, M.Ed., Director of Character and Leadership Development Holy Trinity School

“Working with Captains & Poets was awesome! They were adaptable to our needs and priorities as a school and offered a deeply engaging leadership program for our students. We knew after the first session that this was something special and that we would want to do more work with them in the future. Captains & Poets gave our young adolescents the space to explore who they are and how they want to show up in the world!”

Laurie Fraser Coordinator, Student Wellbeing Programs –Upper Canada College 

“Captains & Poets provides a blueprint for social connection. Children learn to contribute to a group and feel positive about the way they co-exist with others.”

Primary School Teacher – Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

“Captains & Poets helped my students realize we all have the potential to be the best version of ourselves by focusing on progress and not perfection on the learning journey.”

Grade 7 Teacher – Toronto District School Board

“The Captains & Poets program is a great way to address the social/emotional learning of young people. It is easy to implement, flexible, and students will really enjoy the activities.”

Grade 11 Teacher – Durham District School Board

“I loved seeing the light in my student’s eyes when he recognized that his Captain could help his Poet and pointed to his heart.”

Grade 7 Teacher – Toronto District School Board

“Captains & Poets will really help kids, not only talk about their feelings with others but put a name to the feelings that they have inside.”

Public School Librarian – Nebraska

“Captains & Poets was transformative and will have a life-changing, lasting impact on the well-being of my class of students living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Intensive Support Program Teacher – Toronto District School Board

“Such an excellent approach to a tricky concept – I can’t wait to use Captains & Poets with my students!”

Library Media Specialist – Marvin Elementary School