Graduation Coach

Kristina Kopptanisi kahkiyaw. nohtikwew asînîwacîwiw iskwêw (grandmother mountain woman) ekwa Kristina Kopp nitsiyihkâson. amiskwaciwâskahikan ohci niya. niya apihtawikosisan iskwêw.

Hello Everyone! My name is Kristina Kopp and I am a Cree-Métis woman. I was born in Beaver Mountain House, now known as Edmonton, AB. My family descends from the communities of Andrew and Whitford (which are named after my ancestral Métis uncle) and paskwâw mostos sâkahikan (Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement). I am also the proud niece of Muriel Stanley Venne, a Cree-Métis nôtokwêsiw, who has long advocated for Indigenous iskwewak (women) and founded the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Woman along with the Esquao Awards. I am a recent graduate of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Calgary and am honored to be the FNMI Graduation Coach at Vilna School.

As Vilna School’s Graduation Coach, I provide support in the following areas:

Academic: This includes supporting high school students with course selection, time management, and studying. I also support students with accessing tutoring and literacy supports in addition to exam or diploma preparation.

Cultural: This includes supporting students with accessing guidance from local Elders and Knowledge Keepers, including ceremony, as a way to create, strengthen, and retain students’ connection to community. 

Leadership Development: This includes supporting students with building their leadership skills through community volunteering and school-based initiatives, such as our yearly graduation planning committee. 

Career Development: This includes supporting high school students with career exploration, including resume writing, job searching, and interview preparation. This also includes supporting high school students with post-secondary planning, including university or college applications and scholarship or funding applications. I also provide students with opportunities to participate in post-secondary tours, career fairs, and job shadows.

Transitioning: This includes supporting grade twelve students with transitioning into early adulthood and preparing them for life after graduation, including post-secondary and employment. This also includes supporting grade nine students with transitioning into grade ten, through assisting with high school course registration and orienting students and parents to the Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate Graduation Requirements.

If you would like more information about Vilna School’s Graduation Coach Program, please contact me (Kristina) at 780-636-3651 or [email protected].

ekosi maka – kinânaskomitinawaw.

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