RISE to Readiness

Get ready to head back to school! Our RISE to Readiness program will help your child brush up on group learning and social skills, and ensure your family goes back to class with confidence.

RISE to Readiness is a free program funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland through support from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund.

The primary aim of the program is to assist students and their families with preparing for returning to school in September by developing planning, organizational, health and safety, and stress and anxiety reduction skills and strategies. We are hoping to facilitate a successful return to the classroom in September following a several month long break for most students due to COVID-19. 

What’s included?

  • specialized sessions on getting organized for high school and back to school
  • skills and strategies for note taking, test taking and reading comprehension using SRSD – Self Regulated Strategy Development
  • modified PEERS social skills programming, the only research based social skills programming for teens in the world 
  • strategies for parents and students to manage stress and reduce anxiety 
  • a new back pack FULL of all your child’s needed school supplies plus copies of all the resources, strategies and other information shared during the course of the week
  • access to assistive technologies as part of our LDS Tech Studio, including BeeLine Reader and MindMeister mind mapping software
  • 2-4 ongoing family coaching sessions in September and October with our family coaches and educational consultants on managing anxiety, staying organized, supporting your child and navigating the secondary education system for your child with an LD (getting an IEP, helping with course selection, etc.)

Who is the program for?

Students who are leaving grade 7 and entering grade 8 in September 2020. We may be able to accommodate students close in age as well – please inquire if you have questions.

Students must have a suspected or diagnosed learning difference, have social skills challenges, experience some anxiety or stress, be socially motivated, and come from a family in financial need.

Students from public and independent schools are welcome. 

Where is it offered?

In East Vancouver at our Learning Centre at 3292 East Broadway and Rupert.

Family coaching in September and October will be done online or over the phone.


When are sessions?

We are running two cohorts of approximately 8 students each:

August 17-21

August 24-28

Both cohorts run Monday through Friday 9am to noon.

Guardians must attend the Friday session from 10:30am to noon.

Family coaching takes place by appointment in September and October.

See daily detailed schedule here.



This program is fully supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, administered by the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

* Spots are limited; sending an email does not guarantee a placement.

Please indicate on the application form how you meet the ‘who is the program for’ criteria, above.


Email us or call us at 604-873-8139


Thank you to the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the United Way of the Lower Mainland for their generous support of this COVID-responsive program.

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