Canada Bridges will be offering a two day volunteer & mentorship training workshop for individuals who are interested in becoming engaged with youth in their community as Caring Adults or who would like to potencially volunteer with Bridges in the future. All individuals who would like to explore these concepts deeper & to expand their capacity of giving are invited to join us.
Our Mentorship workshop is based around the Unveiling Youth Potential (UYP) program – a youth empowerment program aimed at realizing the potential of youth and young adults by supporting their leadership roles in building strong, resilient communities. The training will include elements that are important for relationship-building and empowering youth: adaptive communication skills, overcoming obstacles, identifying and nurturing skilfulness and giftedness in others, etc.
Training Session Details:
Dates: Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21, 2014 (both days must be attended to receive the full training)
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm (both days)
Location: Chinook Lodge, SAIT
RSVP: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
Some background information: Since 2009, Canada Bridges has worked with youth and young adults from disenfranchised communities – immigrant, refugee, Diaspora, and Aboriginal – by way of our Unveiling Youth Potential program. During this time, we have been affirmed time and time again that all youth have tremendous potential, and capability to create positive change within their own lives and in their communities. However, many of the young people we work with do not have built-in supportive networks in their daily lives; they simply do not have people who demonstrate belief in them. This kind of gap is disempowering to all people, but particularly to youth as they are in a developmental stage of life during which they are exploring ideas around what it means to be alive, their own personal meaning, and understanding the nature of relationships.
In response, Caring Adults have become an integral part of Bridges’ Unveiling Youth Potential programming; these individuals serve as trainers, facilitators, and supporters of the program. Furthermore, Caring Adults help further the work begun in youth participants during programming, serving as a followup as youth take their learnings and engage with the world around them.
We certainly hope you can join us!