We have created a new Youth/Student Support Group, please click the link below to join.
The McLeod Lake Youth Program is targeted towards all school-aged children (5-18 yrs.), and provides them with physical activities, as well as cultural and life skill programs. These youth programs aim to encourage MLIB youth to become involved in their communities and help build up their self-esteem. The MLIB youth program is a community-based program whose goal it is to enforce job/school readiness and better the overall health and wellness of first nations youth. Our hope is that this will promote self-confidence and success in the future. We at MLIB recognize that culture is an essential part of child development. If children are able to know and experience their history, values, and their cultural practices it will provide them with a positive sense of self-worth and an identity in their community that they can be proud of. Therefore, our youth program is encouraged to reflect the uniqueness of every member in our community and focus on the emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual needs of the children. The MLIB Youth department works in conjunction with other band departments/programs to ensure the needs of children and their families are being met. Elders share stories of the traditional ways of living, and our hope is that the children will absorb this knowledge and continue sharing it for generations to come. Having MLIB elders participate in our youth activities is an amazing way for our youth to gain some of the cultural connections and knowledge that is slowly being lost.
Over the course of September, we will be assembling Orange Shirts. Last month we held an Orange Shirt Design Contest and received an amazing submission. For info on ordering an Orange Shirt, please reach out to Charlene Dahl in the Education Department. In-person Youth Group will be held on Tuesdays for High School Students, and Wednesdays for Elementary School Students (From 4:00pm-6:00pm). We will also be hosting Zoom Groups on Thursday evenings for all ages. If you would like to be added to the Zoom Email List, please reach out to Calen Murphy in the Youth Department.
If anyone requires any extra assistance or educational support please reach out to Charlene Dahl (Student Support) or Calen Murphy (Youth Coordinator).