An Elder’s Message
"In the Native community, all children are welcomed, regardless of where they come from or who their parents are. Each one is respected, right from birth. Everyone in the community is responsible for children. If a child cannot be with his or her parents, then it is up to the community to help that child grow up strong. We must all care for them; make them feel wanted; give them their culture for it is rightfully theirs. It is so important that our children be with our people.
We have lost so many in the past…We cannot afford to lose any more.”
Ann Jack, Mohawk Clan Mother, Akwesasne
The Mission of the Youth Program
It is our sincere belief that restoration of cultural practices will help to resolve the cultural identity crisis experienced by Aboriginal youth. All our services, therefore, are culturally based, holistic and integrated. The collective wisdom of Elders, traditional teachers, and staff is used in designing programs. Our youth are instrumental in helping to identify their service and program needs.
To empower Native youth to plan and direct their own lives and to have input into the programming at Native Child and Family Services’ Youth Program
To foster higher levels of self-esteem and positive identity
To enhance life skills including housing referrals, housing retention, budgeting, communication, etc.
To provide education and employment skill building opportunities
To case manage youth and provide appropriate services and referrals
To reduce barriers and increase opportunities for youth