"Empowering and supporting youth through culture, education, and wellness promotion"
Carrier Sekani Youth Services is a division of Carrier Sekani Family Services that provides a unique, culturally competent approach to prevention and intervention for Youth in Burns Lake and Prince George. Our Youth services include year-round weekly programming, therapeutic 1:1 services, summer camps and culture camps, and resource bridging.
Our mission is to provide high quality youth services to aboriginal and non-aboriginal youth in Prince George and Burns Lake. The purpose of Carrier Sekani Youth Services is to prevent and reduce youth substance use/abuse and violence while improving outcomes for youth in the north. We do this by increasing protective factors and reducing risk factors for youth aged 8-20 years. We are a prevention and empowerment program that uses proven methods to support young people as they build healthy relationships, strong cultural ties and life skills that lead to great choices and a bright future.
Our goal is that the youth we serve will be or become emotionally secure, competent, culturally invested , socially competent, physically , spiritually and mentally healthy. Youth will develop a sense of direction and have hopes and dreams for the future that the adults around them encourage them to achieve.
Therapeutic 1:1 services are by referral for youth who need or request them; they are specifically tailored to the needs of the youth to ensure that they have the confidence and ability to overcome whatever situation they may be encountering. Youth who work with a therapeutic care worker will work towards achieving personal goals, and meet with their worker up to two times a week. Two therapeutic youth care workers work during the week and flex their hours to accommodate youth's schedules. Although the therapeutic 1:1 services are open to all youth, priority registration is given to children in care with Carrier Sekani Guardianship.
This program provides an opportunity for youth to receive gender specific programming which includes:
Recreational activities include: movie nights, bowling, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, cooking, fishing and other activities.
PREVENTION AND EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
Workshops will be held throughout the year. The workshops cover various topics such as: visual media arts, traditional native practices, healthy sexuality, drug and alcohol use etc.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT
A youth advisory council has been established to encourage youth to be involved in the development of the Walk Tall program.
Culture camps are held each year to teach the youth seasonal practices of the territory and the traditional roles of males and females; the camps are gender specific and accommodate the needs and expectations of both boys and girls.
The Walk Tall program is appropriate for all youth between the ages of 12 and 20.
Boys Group: The Boys Group is for youth 8-12 years old. The group's goal is to provide a safe and supportive place where youth can experience new opportunities, build positive relationships, overcome barriers, and learn about Carrier Culture. The group is guided by the Seven Grandfather's teachings: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, and Truth.
Girls Group: This Group is for youth 8-12 years old. Girls group seeks to provide a safe and supportive place where girls can experience new opportunities, build positive relationships, overcome barriers, and learn about Carrier Culture. This group is also guided by the Seven Grandfather's teachings.
Walk Tall is currently seeking funding for the upcoming year. Walk Tall has been making a difference in local youth's lives for five years and we would like to continue to do so for many years to come. If you are interested in supporting this unique prevention program for high risk youth between the ages of 12 and 20 contact the Walk Tall team lead, Kayla Brownscombe at: 250 564 5643.
Contact the Youth Services Program:
1145 2nd Ave
Prince George, BC
Burns Lake, BC
Last modified: Thursday 05-May-16 15:57:36 PDT