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.
The MLIB Youth Department has had to overcome various obstacles over the course of February. We have had multiple Covid cases within the community and also faced our second office shut-down. Prior to the shut-down the Youth Department had just started running in-person youth again. Unfortunately, with the band hall being closed to visitors and appointments, we will not be able to have the children attend in person. We have had to improvise a little bit over the last month to find alternative ways of connecting with the children. Charlene and I have been spending three days a week in the Mackenzie Schools, and will be moving it to four days a week moving forward. Tuesday and Thursday, we are in the Elementary School. Wednesdays and Fridays will be spent in the High School. This gives Charlene and I a great opportunity to see each ML student at least twice a week. During the shutdown we made up a couple activity boxes to deliver to the youth in the community. We have also been posting weekly activities on the Youth/Student Support Facebook Page. If you are not currently a member of the Youth Facebook page, please reach out to Calen or Charlene to be added. During February we purchased three craft boxes from the Mackenzie Art Center to hand out to kids. We put together boxes of baking supplies, and also did up a kit of Valentine’s day treats and craft supplies. Despite the difficulty and unknowns, the kids seem to be adjusting fairly well to the Covid restrictions around them.
If anyone requires any extra assistance or educational support please reach out to Charlene Dahl (Student Support) or Calen Murphy (Youth Coordinator).