Private Home Placement | High School Sponsorship
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" -Nelson Mandela
Private Home Placement
The Private Home Placement (PHP) program is funded by Aboriginal Northern Affairs of Canada. Private home placement makes it possible for Berens River First Nation's High School students to access secondary education off reserve if the resources or specific academic courses are not available on the Community.
Berens River First Nation PHP Program ensures that all High School students in the process of transitioning to a secondary institution in Winnipeg, Riverton, or Cranberry Portage our priority. Currently, there is no high school available in Berens River, therefore our children will have to leave the community and their families to continue their education.
It is our responsibility to provide the support systems to make their transition easier, seeking secure private home placement, providing financial assistance and academic supports to ensure their success.
The success of our High School students graduating from High School has increased from year to year and we know the challenges of obtaining their diploma were not easy. For many First Nations a community sending their children to a system that is not designed for our children is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work and effort of reading, writing, doing research and attending everyday. Our students were faced with personal issues that are related to social, cultural, emotional and academic challenges. As past and present graduates of Berens River First Nation you have faced those challenges and always found a way to deal with them with courage.
Private Home Placement is guided and supported by the Berens River Education Committee. All PHP applications are reviewed and assessed by the Education Board annually. We have found that when students take their education seriously and accountable for their sponsorship; Success always follows. Berens River Private Home Placement will continue to be accountable, responsible and always finding new methods to build successful students.
Apply Yourself. Get all the Education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.
- Lee Lacoca
House Parent Program
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Dennis Boulanger, PHP Counsellor
I have been employed with Berens River First Nation for the past twelve years, and before that I worked for various Aboriginal Organizations in Winnipeg. I have strong work ethics that I bring, excellent team concept approach, ability to communicate in Ojibway & English, excellent written skills and an accomplished facilitator.
Being PHP Counsellor for the students has given me the privilage to interact and engage our youth on a one on one basis.
My role as PHP Counsellor are:
Counsel Students throughout their years in High School
Issue monthly allowances and expenses as required
Develop education plans; short & long term
Monitor transition from Middle School to High School
Monitor credits system and advise students on their progress
Monitor student's progress and goals
Plan & develop quarterly reports for the Education Board
Facilitate and Plan with Student Gathering and workshops
Develop & Manage Student File
Act as a liaison for Parents & School
Advocate and support secondary students
Deal with Crisis as they arise
Support transition team as required
Consult with Education Board on a quarterly basis