Wasa-Nabin

Program Objectives

This program has been designed to provide urban Indigenous at-risk youth ages 13-18 with support, tools, and healthy activities that will build upon and foster the inherent ability to make healthy choices.

General Social Supports

  • Facilitates the assessment of required services and identifies areas of difficulties experienced by program clients
  • Includes support for youth to discuss issues that are creating barriers for their success and ability to make sound choices
  • Increase the opportunity to utilize resources that foster lifelong learning
  • Facilitates support circles and peer counselling opportunities
  • Increase access to healthy and safe activities to ensure urban Indigenous youth access to choices that promote healthy lifestyles

Youth in Care

  • Include focus and outreach component for youth in care that may not have access to their culture
  • Increase support and culturally appropriate services to non-Indigenous adoptive and foster parents of Indigenous youth
  • Encourage the development and implementation of protocol arrangements between mainstream agencies and the friendship centre to better support culturally-appropriate intervention
  • Increase support for youth leaving care and facilitate the transition back to their families and communities

Justice Interventions

  • Family violence
  • Substance abuse
  • Exposure to gans and gang involvement

Addressing Violence

  • Collaboration with Kizhaay Anishiinabe Niin – I Am A Kind Man
  • Involvement of Elders to teach about traditional roles and responsibilities
  • Appropriate and healthy problem-solving and decision-making workshops, and self-esteem, positive self-identity, and healthy relationship workshops

Healthy Eating and Physical Development

  • Providing opportunities to make nutritious meals and snacks as an integrated component of the program
  • Provide exposure and knowledge about traditional foods and preparation
  • Education and awareness to enable youth to make informed nutritional choices
  • Provide safe and healthy opportunities by which youth can enjoy physical activity in a non-threatening and non-competitive environment

Education

  • Providing school attendance, homework support and school suspension supports
  • Development of activities that encourage a change of behaviour/relationship towards peers and authorities, such as role modeling, peer counselling, etc
  • Facilitation of, or indirect access to, educational support services for youth involved in the program