Youth & Young Adults
NorthWind Family Ministries work with youth and young adults is fourfold:
A weekly program for 13 to 17 year olds to find belonging and support
An 8-week program: retreats, LifeBuild (Youth), volunteering & mentorship
Northern Student Connections
Welcoming northern students into safe places
Helping post-secondary northern students to transition into adult roles
Thursdays at 7 pm
134 May Street South
Ages 13 to 17
*Program will begin again in September 2019*
Contact 807-629-9285 for more details
Many of our Indigenous youth and young adults live in fear of violence and discrimination daily. Many have also suffered through trauma and grief.
Thunder Bay is no longer a safe place for our Indigenous youth and young adults. Fear rises when body after a body is pulled from the waterways. These young people need a supportive environment to learn how to assess safety and address decisions brought about by the struggles of adolescence such as low self-esteem.
In response, we developed a program called Enhance. It is designed as a well-rounded program including relationship-building weekend retreats, volunteer experiences, weekly mentorship, and LifeBuild workshops. Although Enhance is a new program, we have successfully accomplished parts of it in years past as we hosted Aboriginal students for recreation/land-based retreats and offered them LifeBuild workshops. We are confident that Enhance has a great potential of providing effective support to at-risk Aboriginal students.
What the Enhance Program looks like:
- A kick-off weekend retreat at Eagle’s Cove to build trust and community among participants and LifeBuild coaches; enhancing the high value of community within the Aboriginal culture.
- Six customized weekly LifeBuild workshops set in oral tradition style, with hands-on application experience, teaching on topics such as self-esteem, conflict resolution, assessing environment safety, etc.
- During the weeks, each youth will also participate in volunteer work opportunities to acquire experience and accumulate hours towards secondary school volunteer requirements. It will be designed to boost confidence and help them apply the fundamental employment-success skills.
- Each participant will have a one-on-one mentor to help him/her to succeed in all aspects of the Enhance program. Each participant’s mentor will support success, offer life-affirming feedback as needed. All NorthWind staff and volunteers are vulnerable sector screened. Registered professional counsellors are available upon request.
- The Enhance program concludes with a weekend retreat at Eagle’s Cove; it is geared to encourage and demonstrate personal growth and community connections.
- Participants are encouraged to continue to attend other LifeBuild workshops offered monthly and remain connected to mentors, coaches and other participants.
Northern Student Connections
Building friendships with students entering the city from northern communities is important to us. We connect with them at Dennis Franklin Cromarty School. We offer weekend retreats at Eagle’s Cove. LifeBuild workshops geared for youth and young adults and on-going one on one connections are other ways we seek to support these students.
Post Secondary northern student connections
Finding the Link into the adult world as an equal can be a challenge. This program is offered to 18 to 30-year old’s who are transitioning into the roles and responsibility of adulthood. This transition can be complicated due to past addictions and trauma.
The program seeks to encourage individuals to return to and complete secondary and post-secondary education or to navigate through family life and finding a job.
To sign up a group of students for this program, or to receive more information about registration and costs, please fill out the form.