Sports and arts can have significant positive impacts on youth social connectedness, better developmental outcomes, improved mental health and recovery from trauma. Can activities like sports and the arts contribute to Youth homelessness prevention? Absolutely!
As an expressive language, art provides a casual approach to opening into a relationship with at-risk Youth by tapping into their creativityand offering a form of communication that is nonthreatening and gives the young person a sense of control.
A chance to go camping in the great outdoors with their peers creates a special environment that fosters meaningful relationships between staff and Youth and builds lasting happy memories between their peers, and is a chance to disconnect from the everyday strain and pressure of being a Youth in care. And it’s so much fun!
We all need something fun in life to look forward to. Art, games and engaging group activities reduce stress and help set the foundation for connection and lasting social relationshipsfor many years to come.
The Street Culture Phones Program provides Youth who don’t have access to internet with cellphones and monthly phone plans. This levels the playing field for these kids and provides them a way of contacting friends, staying relevant, and calling the Street Culture family in case of emergency.
Connect Youth with Elders from Piapot First Nation to share teachings and experiences. Culture Camps unite Youth and adults with the common goal of strengthening Indigenous Culture for interested Youth.
Elders encourage and promote understanding and respect for Indigenous perspectives, culture, and values. Elders support Indigenous students and provide a cultural connection to them on their learning journey fostering a strong sense of identity and belonging.
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