Red Fox Healthy Living Society and Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) have teamed up to bring like-minded youth between the ages of 15-18 together for unique volunteer experiences and opportunities starting March 31st, 2019 that will run until the end of March 2020. Over the course of the year, there will be 3 cohorts that will engage 14 youth over a 3 month period, engaging up to 42 youth in total.
The Garden Project will give youth hands-on experiences creating wildlife habitat and an Indigenous foodscape garden in Strathcona Park. They will volunteer a youth leaders at Red Fox Active Play, Feasting and Drum Group programs, helping local children be active, enjoy healthy meals and connect with Indigenous culture. The youth leaders will gain a certificate of completion for 120 Service Hours over the 3 month period.
Youth will get to design an Art installation for the garden, connect and learn from knowledge keepers and Elders from the community, and learn about decolonization and reconciliation. Each of the three cohorts will begin and end with an over-night urban camping orientation weekend and wilderness camping weekend.
We are excited to announce that our 3 cohorts will run from:
Verdann started out as a youth leader with Red Fox as a teen, and years later is now a member of staff and strong role model for younger children. Thanks to our partnership with United Way of the Lower Mainland, we are able to reach hundreds more children and youth like Verdann.
Do you have experience working with Aboriginal or inner-city youth? Are you passionate about the transformative power of recreation? We need a part-time contract Youth Leadership Facilitator to start as soon as possible.
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Want to support programs for children and youth in your community? We need volunteer drivers to transport youth and equipment to our children’s Active Play program in elementary schools across Vancouver, North Vancouver and Surrey, on weekday afternoons.
Watch Lajuane Bob, Red Fox Youth Leader and Verdann Evans, Red Fox Youth Worker talk about their paths to becoming leaders and role models through the Red Fox program. This North Vancouver program is funded by United Way of the Lower Mainland and delivered in partnership with Westview School and the North Shore Neighbourhood House.
In August 2016, Red Fox launched new Active Play-Youth Leadership programming in Surrey, in partnership with the Surrey School District and the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC. The Surrey Leader spoke to some of the youth participants to find out how they feel about the program:
“I was really shy before I joined Red Fox,” said Muskego, 19, who is finishing his Grade 12 at City Central Learning Centre this fall. “I never really had programs like this when I was in school, so I feel like I’m giving these kids something more than I had, and now I would like to go to college as well.”
Red Fox Healthy Living Society announced today the launch of a new recreation program for Aboriginal and inner-city children and youth, run in partnership with the Surrey School District and the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC. The weekly Active Play-Youth Leadership program will bring an innovative model, which uniquely promotes health and physical literacy for children alongside employment and life skills for youth, to a number of new communities in Surrey.
Next month local high school students will complete Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver and Red Fox Healthy Living Society’s Youth Leadership and In-School Mentoring Program, an innovative partnership in employment, leadership and mentorship training for Aboriginal and Inner City youth in Greater Vancouver.
Listen to Hannah Moody, former Red Fox Youth Leader and Emma Sutherland, Red Fox Executive Director on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition, speaking about the housing crisis and challenges faced by First Nations youth trying to become positive role models for other young people.
Red Fox’s flagship Active Play program gives Indigenous and inner-city kids the chance to be healthy, have fun, and get inspired by positive youth role models from their own communities. Red Fox Youth Leaders guide children through energetic group games, circus arts and other physical activities that cultivate self-confidence, social connections, and new skills.
Our Youth Leadership program gives Aboriginal and inner-city youth a unique opportunity to develop practical skills that help them to succeed in employment and in life. We create a supportive environment that empowers youth to build confidence, cultural pride and real responsibility and leadership, despite the challenges they face in their everyday lives.
Red Fox’s Youth Worker Internship program provides a crucial bridge for Red Fox Youth Leaders who aspire to build their leadership experience into roles as Youth Workers. Youth Worker Interns get hands-on experience of everything that it takes to successfully plan and run Red Fox’s children’s programs, while receiving continued support and mentorship from Red Fox staff in employment and life skills.
Red Fox Feasting brings children and families together to share culture, strengthen social connections, and eat delicious, healthy food made from scratch. Menus are all planned, cooked and served by our Chef and Culinary Instructor along with Youth Leaders, as part of our Youth Leadership program.
At the Red Fox Drum & Pow Wow Dance Group, children connect with Aboriginal culture through song and dance. They learn about Aboriginal values and heritage in a setting that promotes social connections and cultural pride.