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Youth & Young Adults

NorthWind Family Ministries work with youth and young adults is fourfold:

Flight

A weekly program for 13 to 17 year olds to find belonging and support

Enhance

An 8-week program: retreats, LifeBuild (Youth), volunteering & mentorship

Northern Student Connections

Welcoming northern students into safe places

Link

Helping post-secondary northern students to transition into adult roles

Flight

NorthWind staff and volunteer team connect with youth as they navigate the challenges of the teen years. The evenings are filled with food, activities, games and a learning point geared specifically for that age.

When
Friday at 7 pm

Where
Redwood Opportunities Centre
532 Edward St N

Who
Ages 13 to17

More info
Contact 807-631-7592 for more details

Here are our next Flight meetings: 

  • November 10, 2017
  • November 17, 2017
  • November 24, 2017
  • December 1, 2017
  • December 8, 2017
  • December 15, 2017

Enhance

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 into 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.

Student Retreat: November 3 to 5, 2017

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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 olds 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.

This program is set to take place bi-weekly during the school year. It is set to start in the Fall of 2018.

Contact Us

To sign up a group of students for this program, or to receive more information about registration and costs, please fill out the form.

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Building a sacred community of hope and healing.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 10648
Thunder Bay, ON  P7B 6V1
 
1-807-621-7591
info@northwindfm.org