Youth Animators

R.E.A.L. School trains youth animators who are selected in partnership with R.E.A.L. School program staff and if necessary, the community, agency, school or school board representatives involved. These youth animators are individuals who are dedicated to working with people and will accompany the R.E.A.L. School program animators through every step of the R.E.A.L. School Leadership Development process as their on-the-job training. Certificates recognizing these new Program Animators are awarded upon the successful completion of their training culminating in a demonstration of their own version of a R.E.A.L. School program.

Introducing R.E.A.L. School’s Newest Youth Animator - Arabi Rajeswaran!


Arabi Rajeswaran – Artist, Facilitator, & Healer

Arabi is a Tamil native who was born in Toronto and has ancestry rooted in Sri Lanka. She is 22 years of age and is a passionate youth culture worker who aims to create dialogues among and within young people from various backgrounds and experiences. Raised in Toronto’s west-end neighbourhood of Rexdale with over 8 years of experience as a facilitator, mentor and youth leader to her peers and community, Arabi has collaborated with many organizations across Turtle Island and beyond.

Arabi fell in love with photography as a child and has had a camera on her hip ever since. She enjoys capturing visuals of nature and wildlife. As a student and practitioner of yogic medicine, Arabi will be graduating a 200-hour holistic yoga teachers training at the end of November 2014. She is also currently pursuing a double major in Indigenous Studies along with a focus on Human Rights and Equity at York University in Toronto.

“R.E.A.L. School is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s an honour to learn and to teach. R.E.A.L. School has helped me be my authentic self and to love it.”

Recognizing the human spirit and its ability to persevere are constant motivations for Arabi. Her belief in solidarity and her feelings of compassion continue to motivate her in her own spiritual journey.


Maria Montejo - Program Animator for R.E.A.L. School!

Maria is a member of the Mam Jakaltec community of Indigenous people who reside in the Xajla territory of Guatemala. Twenty-five years ago, Maria and her family came to Canada as refugees and settled in Toronto. In addition to her formal schooling, Maria was exposed to the 7 C’s of R.E.A.L. School as a youth leader in training. Currently, Maria works as a Mental Health Worker for Toronto Native Child & Family Services and has graduated to becoming a full Program Animator for R.E.A.L. School. Maria works closely in partnership with Jordan Miller in delivering the R.E.A.L. School: Outdoor Leadership Camp. She says this about her initial experience with R.E.A.L. School:

"The 7 C’s of R.E.A.L. School helped me to connect to my authentic
self and to discover my true passions! Today, I am clear that I am
passionate about leadership, learning, creativity and the revitalization
of Indigenous peoples’ spirituality.

When I started integrating the 7 C’s of R.E.A.L. School into the
leadership development curriculums I was designing and delivering
for various art and recreational programs, I had amazing results!
Many of the youth who graduated from these programs started
to engage in community development projects and to create their
own unique programs; all evidence of the sustainable change that is
possible through R.E.A.L. School! I am so happy to be a part of this


The R.E.A.L. School Leadership Development program is unique in its design. To assist participants in developing the inner resources necessary to break through the limitations imposed by a false and negative sense of self, R.E.A.L. School must meet them exactly where they are—and quickly work to awaken them to their true potential. By Challenging our participants to develop the power of Conscious Choice, they are drawn into the “inner world of self” by becoming Curious about their potential and developing the Courage and Commitment to make the Change necessary to BE who they really are. Their success in becoming their own person and the LEADER in their life is demonstrated by their ability to consistently choose themselves by Communicating their needs, expressing the truth of their experience and articulating and living their passion(s).

If you are interested in contracting for a R.E.A.L. School: Leadership Development program to be delivered in your area, please contact the Program Administrator:

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One thought on “Youth Animators

  1. Tammie Crayne

    I like the look of your new website. It is awesome and it is going to allow you to reach more youth in many different communities.


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