The High Performing Student Program (HPS) teaches teens critical life skills needed to reach their full potential that they can learn from the comfort of their own homes. Teens from around the world are facing an overwhelming amount of challenges right now: home schooling, loneliness, decreased motivation, and increased anxiety. With all these new challenges,Pickering resident Sam Demma – one of Canada’s youngest youth speakers/mentors – had to find a way to help to help these teens.

In just over a week since the program was launched, students from Turkey, Canada, United States and Bangladesh have already signed up. While working through the modules they are simultaneously building global friendships through the private Facebook group.

“These skills matter now more than ever before,” says HPS Founder Sam Demma. “Among all the challenges teens are facing right now we will continue to provide hope and build community within our critically important youth. We’ve built a program that teaches teens goal-setting, vision creation, weekly planning, resiliency and the systems needed to reduce their anxiety. It’s exciting. “

Students are loving it!

“Hey guys! Today I finished the, “how to create goals” lesson. I am so eager to start making a shift in my life. Let’s do this,” says HPS student Justin Patrocinio.

“If you were looking for a new environmentalist friend, you’ve found one! I’m really excited to meet all of you,” says HPS student Azure Dumas Pilon.

Demma was also involved with PickWaste, a recycling program in Durham region, that LocalBiz spotlighted back in 2018.



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