The goal of the program is to provide urban Aboriginal youth with support, tools, and healthy activities which will build and foster their ability to make healthy choices and to improve the quality of life of urban Aboriginal youth through the delivery of culturally appropriate services and programs.
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES & 6 PROGRAM COMPONENTS
PROVISION OF SOCIAL SUPPORT:
- To address self-esteem issues, victimization issues and peer issues
- Through outreach, aims to increase access to culturally appropriate services for youth in care and their families, and to include supports and education for non-Aboriginal adoptive and foster parents
- Promotion of health and physical development to address inter-related health impacts of poverty, diabetes, and obesity
- Increase support for youth in the education system through homework support, school suspension support, and to provide direct access to computers and literacy initiatives
- Provision of support, preventative programming and or intervention strategies for youth involved in the justice system through the use of tools such as “Street Wolf: The Seven Principals of Self Leadership”
- Addressing violence through collaboration with Kizhaay Anishaabe Niin (I Am A Kind Man) and through the involvement of Elders
STREET WOLF: THE SEVEN PRINCIPALS OF LEADERSHIP
WHAT IS STREET WOLF: THE SEVEN PRINCIPALS OF LEADERSHIP ?
Street Wolf is a 8 week workshop, it is designed to explore issues faced by Urban Aboriginal young people 13 to 18 years old and assist them with understanding the realities and consequences of negative choices. By completing the full 8 week workshop and workbook it is intended to increase the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values of Urban Aboriginal youth in making positive choices for everyday good living.
To create a common dialogue with youth, incorporating traditional teachings and values to encourage healthy lifestyle choices, foster responsible decision making and influences critical thinking.
To increase the skill, knowledge attitudes and values of youth and influence personal choices by creating an awareness of the cycles of poverty, addiction, violence and the consequences of negative behaviour.
To provide a pro active response to the rising levels of criminality, gang involvement and substance abuse among aboriginal youth.
To promote and support Aboriginal youth's personal, intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth so that they can make wise choices in their lives.
- A client is a person who will receive service from the Wasa-Nabin program, and for whom case records, case management or service/case notes are maintained. Clients are youth who have been assessed as “ at risk” meaning that fit the criteria to get services based on the six components of the Wasa-Nabin program. Being a client does not mean anything bad or negative. It simply means you might need extra assistance or support in certain areas such as addressing violence, judicial system, healthy eating and physical development, social supports, homework help, or just simply need someone to talk to.
- A participant is children who attend programming such as recreational activities and are involved in programs of the centre for recreational or cultural purposes. Participants do not need the supports and services of a client because they do not necessarily fit under the six program components. There are no case records, case management or case notes for participants.