Youth Prevention Services
The Youth Prevention team is a support network grounded in land-based activities. Each support worker utilizes their strengths in different areas of expertise, ranging from wellness to culture or community connections. Once the team receives a referral (from the community or in-house) it is then distributed to the support worker that best matches the young person’s needs. The support worker will collaborate and connect with community representatives, other agencies, and organizations to develop a support plan.
This program focuses on building relationships and connections with our young people through sharing of resources, harm reduction kits, and meals once a month at our Collaborative Outreach BBQ. We work in partnership with School District 58, Ask Wellness, Scw’exmx Community Health Services Society, Nlaka’pamux Health Authority, Merritt Community Policing, and Nicola Valley Restorative Justice Services Society. We are expanding this program to include helping at local schools with cultural events, hiking on the land, and sharing teachings from our Elders.
We work supporting young people transitioning into adulthood by connecting them with life skill opportunities, such as education or employment training. This works to build connections and ties to communities or nations from Elder support or community or family functions.
We provide direct one-on-one support with youth wellness plans curated by young people and supported through holistic and cultural approaches. The youth wellness workers then support the young person by equipping young people with knowledge and tools to help manage mental health and wellness through building relationships and providing a knowledge-base of community resources to access help