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Over the years, young people said this program helped them:

  • to make jokes that are funny but also appropriate and kind
  • to not be scared and to be confident in yourself
  • to bring out my inner humour
  • to be more confident when speaking in large groups
  • to be more open and social

“This program has helped me understand that being different is not a bad thing. It has taught me that I should not be ashamed of my flaws but to embrace them with laughter.” -Student, from a post program survey

“It helped me get all the issues off my mind and really helped me laugh.” -Sonia, Student

“This program has also helped me to make jokes that are funny but also appropriate and kind.” -Student, from a post program survey

“[This program] has been a great success over the last 3 years at North Kipling JMS.  [It] created an innovative format using stand up comedy in our grade 7 classrooms to meet literacy and mental health expectations. The teachers and students loved the class visits and culminating Comedy Showcase.” -Alex Tracey, Principal, North Kipling Junior Middle School, Toronto District School Board

“My son Ryan Doyle participated in your program at St. Michael Catholic School in Belleville, ON, and in short, it was a Godsend for him. You should know you’ve had a huge impact on his life! I never saw him enjoy school the way he did during the time you were teaching him. The days that you were there were the days he set his alarm to be up early and ready to go. He worked at his comedy like it was a full time job. Thank you for awakening that in him!” -Amy Doyle, Parent

 “[This program] has been a great success over the last 3 years at North Kipling JMS.  [It] created an innovative format using stand up comedy in our grade 7 classrooms to meet literacy and mental health expectations. The teachers and students loved the class visits and culminating Comedy Showcase.” -Alex Tracey, Principal, North Kipling Junior Middle School, Toronto District School Board

“[This program] is an opportunity for teachers to understand and appreciate their students better. When a student shares personal experiences and talks about their emotions openly during this project, the teacher can better assess that student’s needs and strengths going forward.” -Kita Szpak, Project Researcher and Teacher

“The issues brought up by these students belonged to them and that part of this process was to be comfortable with who you are and laugh at yourself and your situations.” -Kathleen Robson, Teacher, General Brock Public School

Media

Over the years the program, we had an amazing amount of coverage from TV and newspapers in the Toronto area.

Here are some links to see what they said!

CTV News Students Do Stand-Up
CBC Television Happiness-at-School Showcase CBC coverage 2015!
CBC Television aired Our Toronto: A Lesson in Laughterfeature story on the project at the end of its first year.