The Indigenous Youth Connections Program aims to assist Urban Indigenous Youth between the ages of 15-24 to explore their full potential and develop strategies for their personal growth, and success, which enhances their ability to successfully integrate education, the work-world, and community.
Youth Drop IN
- Youth engagement – connecting with youth
- Weekly youth drop in program and weekly activities including elders and facilitators
- Monthly outings that are engaging and educational
- Collaboration with other youth serving programs, leadership and mentorship opportunities that support youth to learn about their history, culture, identity, and strengths
- Elders, and other facilitators to provide culturally appropriate workshops and sessions
Advocacy and Support:
- Using a case-management approach, work with individual youth to support their goals
- Advocacy for individual youth to access other supports that will lead to improved health, social, educational, or financial outcomes
- Connect youth through referral, and at times, attending appointments with youth
- Advocate on behalf of youth, including forms completion, securing identification, and accessing provincially mandated, and funded youth services in the Circle 5 region
Life skills Program:
- Weekly Life skills Program – identify resources, create workshop materials, and facilitate workshops aimed at increasing youth’s knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Access to culture and land based activities
Youth Culture Night 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. We welcome all youth to attend this Drop-in. There is dinner, an opportunity to engage with elders, and participate in a variety of cultural activities.
Come and broaden your abilities at our life skills based workshops. We offer a variety of new skills to learn! Snacks will be provided. From 3:30-5:30pm.
Wednesday from 1:30- 3:30 p.m. Youth can book a 1-1, to work towards your goals.
Youth drop-in, come hangout in our youth room and work on activities/ on-going projects, connect with our youth team workers and enjoy some light snacks and beverages.
Where We Gather, is an all ages culture night, from 5:00-8:00 PM and meals are provided.
- Provide a safe drop-in space for youth.
- Offer a weekly life-skills based workshop
- Connect youth to supports and services to achieve their goals.
- Work with youth from a strengths based perspective
”You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
– Dr. Seuss
Contact us or drop in anytime!
Phone: 604-595-1170 ext.116
Jeska Slater is one of the Youth Coordinators at FRAFCA. She is a Nehiyah iskwew (Cree woman) whose family is from Ochekwi Sipi (Fisher River Cree Nation) in Manitoba. Jeska has been working with youth for 8 years, her work combines traditional teachings and value systems with contemporary art like hip hop, graffiti and other unique elements to engage young people. Her training includes Aboriginal Child and Youth Care Counseling, Trauma Informed Practice and Culture as Treatment.
Currently Jeska is tasked with heading a committee to foster the creation of second stage housing for Indigenous youth leaving care in the Surrey area. Jeska wishes to honour her ancestry by empowering First Nations youth and highlighting the concept of Intergenerational Resilience, or the passing down of gifts, culture and personal wellness through our bloodlines.
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