Alberta Future Leaders (AFL)

Organization Sponsor: Alberta Sport, Recreation Parks & Wildlife Foundation

Organization Partner: Alberta Sport, Recreation Parks & Wildlife Foundation

Program Description

The AFL program uses sport, recreation and leadership development to address the needs of Alberta's indigenous youth. It includes prevention and intervention initiatives, and trains youth workers, future leaders and community members. Its aim is to help young people develop people skills and self reliance using the outdoor environment as a catalyst. Components developed for youth in the communities include summer sport and recreation programs, a summer arts program and a future leaders component to teach life and leadership skills. There are no charges for the participants. The program employs youth who are involved in sports and recreations in the communities.

Program Approximate Cost: 

free

Funding Sources: 

Initial funding was provided by Alberta, sport, recreation, parks and wildlife foundation. Public, private, corporate and community sponsorship have been instrumental in further development and maintaining this successful program.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Continued partnership with the communities and an understanding that communities have the power and knowledge to make the best decisions for themselves

Impact Of Program: 

Seven communities now have full-time recreation/youth development positions.
Meander River community members are now becoming more involved in sport and recreation. Community members have a greater understanding of the need for youth programs and recreational activities and have begun to initiate and lead more programming.
Edmonton intercity urban youth have been exposed to Aboriginal cultures.

Evaluation Tools: 

Community members have provided numerous testimonials about the program's benefits.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

All youth participate at no charge
The program is adaptable and community based
Partnership between Aboriginal communities, private enterprises, non-profit organizations and government agencies at all levels are being developed and enhanced.
Programming for each community is based on the unique needs for that community.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

not indicated

Length and Stage of Project: 

1996 to present

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