Frequently Asked Questions

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Someone I care about needs professional support. Where can I go?

First, thanks for reaching out! It is an important step to take and one that takes courage. A list of community organizations and resources is provided on our RESOURCES page under the sub-heading ADDITIONAL RESOURCES. We encourage you to connect with trusted adults and professionals in your life, (doctors, teachers, coaches, community leaders, etc.) as you navigate these resources. Take a deep breath. You can do this.

Why is your program called Project 11?

Project 11 is inspired and created in honour of #11, Rick Rypien, former player of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose. It was his desire that young people would know that they aren’t alone in dealing with the challenges they face, that they’d learn positive coping strategies to deal with those challenges and that they would have a better understanding of mental health overall. TSN has created a video for a more mature audience. Click the following link to learn more about Rypien’s story through TSN’s Believe in Ryp at .

Is the Project 11 curriculum available ‘en français’?

Oui! Project 11 lessons are now available in both English and French from kindergarten to Grade 8. Next, we hope to enhance the French program with Intermissions and Mindful Moments in French as well!

Is Project 11 only available to classrooms in schools within Winnipeg, Manitoba?

There are teachers who’ve been trained to deliver the Project 11 program in every division and district across Manitoba!

Of the 2500+ teachers trained, most are from our province. However, we do have teachers delivering the program in New Brunswick, Alberta, Minnesota, and even Australia!

We’re happy to have you join us!

Is Project 11 available to students past Grade 8?

Project 11 currently serves kindergarten to Grade 8 in English and French. We are happy to share that a round table of high school teachers has begun the development of lessons to extend our programming to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Watch for a province-wide pilot to be launched in September 2021!

Do I have to do the program during a certain time frame?

Fifteen weeks was the time frame used while Healthy Child Manitoba evaluated our program during its piloting stage. Although 15 weeks remains the suggested timeline, know that it’s flexible and you can make Project 11 fit your busy schedule!

Do I have to do the 15 lessons in order?

Although there is no need to follow the sequence that they are presented in, lessons are organized in a manner that facilitates delivery of the program. The order of the lessons in kindergarten to Grade 4 and grades 7 and 8 is quite flexible. The grades 5 and 6 lessons are divided into three themes with five lessons in each that build upon one another, and those themes can be followed in whatever order you prefer. Feel free to use the lessons as you see fit! Sometimes, choosing a lesson to address an issue that is currently occurring in the classroom makes the most sense.

My colleague would like to bring Project 11 to his/her classroom. How can they register for training? How much does training cost?

Traditionally, training sessions are held in person at Bell MTS Iceplex, 3969 Portage Ave., Winnipeg in early October, sometimes again in early February.

We are currently offering online training opportunities on a monthly basis (roughly) which will be indicated on the registration page. Registration for training can be done online by filling out the form on our REGISTRATION page.

If you’re interested in having a larger group trained, contact us! We can organize sessions for larger groups in schools or school divisions both in urban and rural areas upon request.

Although substitute and travel costs aren’t covered, thanks to generous community support, training sessions are available to teachers at no cost!

Do you have volunteer opportunities?

We do occasionally benefit from the help of volunteers. Opportunities are usually connected to special events and aren’t always predictable! If you’d like to add your name to our list of interested volunteers, please do so by contacting our team at .

How is Project 11 connected to True North Sports + Entertainment?

Project 11 is a core program of the True North Youth Foundation (TNYF), which is the charitable arm of True North Sports + Entertainment, the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, and the ‘charity of choice’ for Bell MTS Place and Bell MTS Iceplex. When you purchase a 50/50 ticket at Winnipeg Jets or Manitoba Moose home games, half of each pot goes to support the TNYF, funding programming that benefits local youth in Manitoba, including Project 11. As a non-profit organization, the TNYF also collaborates with external partners in government, business education, and other sectors to reach more youth, more often in our community.