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The Friendship Centre is committed to providing quality program service delivery to urban aboriginal youth with parental and community support. The National Child Benefit Reinvestment (NCBR) provided funds for service delivery in several program areas – WORKLIFE Job Skills, drum-making and traditional songs, traditional meat preparation, potlach activities, fish camp, hunting camp, mask making and youth self-empowerment.

In the previous year, several focus groups were conducted to determined the perceived need of cultural programs with organized activities and training. The Youth Advisory Council was directly involved in projects.

The projects were determined to be very successful based on the feedback and evaluation process with participants. A list of projects is available on their website, the Urban Multi-Purpose Aboriginal Youth Centre Programs, which is co-sponsored with the NCBR and with other funding sources.

WorkLife Job Skills

This project has been successful in the areas of design, development and implementation with 35 youth participants. The preliminary assessment and feedback of the participants is very positive and they responded well to the training. To date, all participants have indicated a preference to complete virtually all the training on the computer, including resumes, job applications and a number of outlined exercises. They also displayed strong commitment and motivation for learning at a self-pacing individualized project.

The primary goal of this project was to explore new technology computer basics that are conductive to individualized learning opportunities towards attaining skills development goals and objectives. Participants acquired skills with the computer, MS Word, internet operations as well as skills in job searches, development of resumes and cover letters.

Drum-Making

The mini-project consisted of delivering a drum-making and traditional songs with youth, working with a mentor elder. The project included two workshops and the response was very positive with anticipation of this project to continue and expand.

Traditional Meat Preparation

This project focussed on traditional meat preparation including salmon, moose and caribou. It in involved dried meats, sausage, pemmican and skill development in meat cutting and preparation.

Mask Making

This project focussed on traditional mask making and was very successful.

Fishing Camp

This project was on location in Pelly with elders and four youth. They were successful in bringing two moose back to camp and the meat was used for sausage and dried meat project. This was a successful camp.

Youth Self-Empowerment

This positive learning for youth and their families project involved working with parents, families and youth in family support. The focus of the projects was on youth, working one on one with children and families and providing support mechanism as required. It also involved developing strategies and family support to increase awareness of challenges with young children growing up in an urban environment.

One of the objectives of working with the families was to provide a positive home environment, emphasize the impact of drinking and alcohol addictions that may lead to family problems and dysfunctions. The use of government referrals was used in the process in some cases.

The impact and income factors are measured by the continuing support which families provide through ongoing feedback. This project is then extremely valuable in providing family support in home situations.

This project has a direct benefit to all participants in specific areas of youth and family support in the home environment. The success of this project is measured by the positive responses of all participants who are active in the life learning process.

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