School Support Program
Goals / Purpose of Program
"It is our belief that youth are our future and that it is the responsibility of the Aboriginal community to care for them and train the leaders of tomorrow by encouraging their social and academic pursuits and providing them with positive alternatives to alcohol and drug misuse.”
This program has an alcohol and drug focus that works with prevention methods. We work in consultation with the Vancouver School Board Teachers, First Nation Support Workers, counsellors, other staff and community organizations to achieve the following goals:
- To provide a safe, healthy, and positive space for native youth to learn about issues related to alcohol and drugs
- To help Native youth access a wide range of tools and resources in the community to support their personal goals
- To provide workshop and guest speakers to increase youth awareness about effects of alcohol and drugs on the individual, family, and community
- Referrals to and information about services for youth, such as A&D treatment housing and counselling
- Community based A&D workshops and guests speakers, chosen by youth
- Young Spirits Summer Program for 12-13 year old Native youth which provides a variety of daily workshops, positive recreational and social outings, and activities. We provide breakfast, lunch and snacks. We also offer the opportunity for the older youth to become a leader for the summer camp. This is a free program. We provide two camps throughout the summer and take up to 20 youth per camp.
- We partner with the UNYA’s Aboriginal Youth First Sports and Recreation Program to host the Spring Break Basketball skills development camp which a basketball skills camp for up to 20 youth ages 12-14 yrs old. This camp provides snacks, lunch, coaches and workshops throughout the day.
How Youth Can Become Involved:
- During both of our daycamps we offer older youth the opportunity to become peer leader/ coaches.
- Youth that would like to participate in either of these camps need to register at our main office or through the First Nations Support Worker at their school
- Registrations are usually handed out a month before the activity (February & May/June)
Due to the type of programming and concerns for youth safety, there are no volunteer opportunities for this program at this time.
Our program daycamps would greatly benefit from basketballs, new youth basketball jerseys and running shoes, and tickets for summer outdoor activities.
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Aboriginal Programs
School Support Program Brochure (pdf)
How to contact us:
1618 East Hastings, Vancouver, B.C, V5L 1S6
Phone: (604) 254-7732
Fax: (604) 254-7811