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In addition to external links to resources that youth and their families can access, UNYA has developed the following resources for Native youth.  You can view these online or download a pdf copy by clicking on the links after each item.  You can also view some videos youth have been involved with by clicking here.

BalanceBALANCE - A Parenting Booklet for Native Youth This 48-page booklet focuses on Belonging, Activity, Learning, Acknowledgment, Nurturing, Compassion, and Engagement as very important building blocks for a good foundation for anyone to be the best parent they can be to their child. Native youth can drop by our office to pick up a free copy or you can download it here (pdf 306kb).

It's A Balancing ActIt's a Balancing Act: Quick and Easy Health Info for Native Youth
This 20 page booklet includes answers to questions such as should I go on a diet?, how do I know if I am getting enough vitamins, what is a medicine wheel, how can i deal with stress and anger, and includes a list of community resources.  Youth can pick up a free copy at our main office or download it here (pdf 754kb)
CookbookEating Healthy on a Budget - 2nd edition
Want to learn how to cook healthy foods without spending lots of money? 
Created through UNYA's Health Initiative, our cookbook has been updated to include healthy tips and information, in addition to many delicious recipes designed for Native youth so that they can cook good tasting food for themselves and their family. Youth can pick up a free copy at our main office.  Anyone can download a PDF copy here (pdf 2.3Mb)
Helping Hands 4th - coverHelping Hands: Empowering Native Youth
Our fourth edition of Helping Hands!  This resource manual, specifically for Native youth, includes information about a wide range of programs, services, and resources for youth and their families in Metro Vancouver.  We encourage other organizations and community members to download the PDF to help share information and provide referrals to appropriate resources for Native youth.  Youth can pick up a free copy at our main office. Anyone can download a free copy here (pdf 2.35Mb) 

Full Circle Manual
This manual focuses on sexually exploited Native youth issues in Vancouver from a community development perspective. It includes information that will be helpful for youth, their families, service providers, and others who want to help end this this growing problem. Copies can be picked up at our main office or you can download a copy here (pdf 1.1Mb)  


AYF LogoAboriginal Youth First Sports & Recreation Survey

UNYA hired and trained 9 Native youth to conduct 223 surveys to identify the sports and recreation needs of Native youth in East Vancouver. This information will be used to plan the activities and locations for the AFY Program as well as be useful for others who would like to provide sports and recreation opportunities for Native youth

Connecting With Pride LogoGLBTQ / Two-Spirit Youth Speak Out!

This report summarizes the info gathered through a survey of Native GLBTQT youth to help four communities in rural areas of the province to develop safe spaces for GLBTQT youth. It is intended as a resource for youth, their families, service providers, and others who want to help end this growing problem. You can download a copy here (pdf 461kb)


The Urban Rez

This 30 minute video was produced, written, directed, and performed by Native youth in Vancouver’s Eastside. They use the video to raise awareness about the issue of Native youth sexual exploitation, and to help those who are or are still recovering from being sexually exploited. We believe that a youth is being sexually exploited if they are put in a situation where they are taken advantage of by those who want them to perform sexual acts in exchange for a place to stay, food, protection, alcohol, drugs, or any thing else.  Videos are available at our main office.  

Ins & Outs of College & University
Have you ever wondered about going to college or university? If so, this will be useful for you.  It has brief explanations of the terms and processes about going to college or university.  Q & A include:

-  How do I qualify and apply to get into college or university?
-  What is a transcript, GPA, credit, or transfer credit?
-  If I am having a hard time, where can I go for help?
-  What is a diploma, bachelor degree, masters degree, or doctoral degree?
-  What is a major and a minor?
-  What are costs to go to post-secondary school?
-  What is a scholarship, bursary, grant, or student loan?
-  If I’m Native, can I get funding to go to school? 
-  Download (pdf 103kb)


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