Aboriginal Students Program

The Aboriginal Students program is a stay in school initiative for Urban Aboriginal Youth. This program offers youth a diverse approach to holistic opportunities and practices that embrace traditional methods of learning, caring and sharing.

For more information, please contact us at:

403-240-4642

 

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ASP Program Highlights

Enhanced self-esteem and social skills
 
Motivation for positive work habits and attendance
 
Pro-active involvement in school
 
Awareness of Community Resources
 
Positive Peer group development
 
Guidance on issues that matter to youth
 
Cultural Pride and Personal Identity
 
One on one youth support
 
Potential ASP students and parents can contact ASP at 403-240-4642 or obtain referrals through the Calgary Board of Education and Separate Schools.

The Aboriginal Students Program is for M├ętis, Aboriginal and Inuit Youth between Grades 8-12. These students must have a willingness to participate in fun recreational and educational activities. They must demonstrate effort and be willing to stay engaged in school as well as be able to commit to Monday Workshops (October through June).

The objective is to provide a balanced social and recreational program. Aboriginal Students Program assists through workshops and support to help young adults remain in school as well as create a path for higher education and career development.

The Program offers a Monday Life Skills Workshop, Recreation Nights, Homework Club, Traditional Activities and Teachings, Outings to Activities (Movies, Laser Tag, Snowboarding, Trampoline Park, etc). The ASP Program also offers Youth and Family Mentor support.

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Two teenagers chatting with their back turned

Themes ASP focused on this year include encouraging the reconnection to indigenous culture, self-esteem and community building. Attendance in ASP has been high, has sustained, and continues to gain momentum moving forward. ASP has also forged a new partnership with Mount Royal University, granting access to the recreational facilities and promoting healthy, active lifestyles and habits for our ASP youth.

The Aboriginal Students Program has also had an influx of referrals for youth in grades seven and eight, showing a continued need for youth programming in this age group. Many of these younger participants are siblings, peers, and kin to former ASP youth, demonstrating an extended legacy and impact in the community.