The Power of Discover Year
Hear from the Discover Year Graduating Class of 2020
"The most important thing I learned this year was to put myself out there. I wasn't very confident coming out of high school. I was kind of shy, and had a bit of social anxiety, so I definitely learned a lot about how to meet people and to be more confident."
Nadja Becsey (Sofia's Mom)
"This program absolutely surpassed what I imagined. It was everthing I had expected and much more. Sofia has gone from teenager to adult. She has found self-assurance."
Andreas Lentfer (Sofia's Dad)
"I cannot even express how impressed I am, and how great this program has been for my daughter. The changes have been tremendous."
"It was great to be able to apply the skills we learned right away. During the Discovery Days, we would share what was going on in our lives, and then we would work through it together. It was so different from high school."
Joy Overtveld (Aureilia's Mom)
"Aureilia now has a roadmap for life.
Whether the problem is big or small, she now has a way of approaching things that she didn't have before her Discover Year. She used to get paralyzed in decision-making. She now has adaptability and resourcefulness that will help her in all sorts of situations. She has courage now - curiosity, rather than the fear.
This program condenses three or four years of maturity into one year."
"Discover Year is great because it gives you a base for how to approach finding your interests and finding your passions, and searching for a career that will be significant to you.
I think it sets you up for the rest of your life as you continue to refine your search."
Connie Downes (Issac's Mom)
"Wednesdays - Discovery Days - have been Isaac's favourite day of the week all year."
Max Finkelstein (Issac's Dad)
"I would describe the program in three words: relevant, engaging and inspirational. Those are three words I would have rarely used to describe any of Isaac's other educational endeavours to date. The things he learned were relevant to what he wanted to know, he was constantly inspired by the people he met, and he looked forward to the Discovery Days so much, and was so engaged in the program. He was even excited about the homework!"
"Last year, I didn't know what I wanted out of my future. I was aimlessly following the paths that people around me were suggesting.
During my Discover Year, I learned a lot about myself. Now I feel like I'm in control because I know what direction I want to take with my future.
I feel like I'm moving through life with a purpose. It's hard to describe, but I see value in my actions, which is something I was missing in the first 18 years of my life."
Alma Harris (Josh's Mom)
"Josh's level of maturity has improved immensely during his time in the Discover Year. His organizational skills have improved to a point where I no longer have to remind him to stay on top of important things, such as financial affairs and school plans. He takes responsibility for his actions and does not procrastinate anymore.
Not only does Discover Year impact positively on the participant, but on the entire family."
I learned a lot about myself this year - what my strengths, weaknesses, values and goals are. I also learned about the importance of networking, and exposing yourself to new opportunities. And of course I learned many new career skills in the workshops. Now, I feel less anxious and more excited about my future."
Moyra McWilliam (Kate's Mom)
"By interacting with the Discover Year network of mentors, champions and allies, Kate has become much more skilled at connecting with people. A few weeks ago after she was asked to meet with someone who was seeking information on careers in marketing, Kate remarked: 'Last year I was her and now I’m the person providing the information!' What a difference a year makes!"