The Life Skills Journey program is a community-grounded life skills training program that also focuses on substance use/misuse and bullying prevention through building resiliency. It has been implemented with over 150 children aged 7-14 from four Métis Settlements: Buffalo Lake, Kikino, Fishing Lake, and Elizabeth. We have had 17 facilitators from these four communities working with 6 University of Alberta student facilitators!

Please take a look at the Twitter box to the right for all of our program updates, or head over to Facebook page. You can also access our Life Skills Journey resources online!

Want to help bring life skills training to children and youth? Financial donations can be made to Life Skills Journey using the University of Alberta’s secure online donation website.
 
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Timeline

Implementation & Evaluation

 

Pilot Implementation

 

Program Development

 

Community Needs Assessment

 
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
 

Implementation & Evaluation

Program Development:

Met with BLMS advisory committee to develop and finalize LSJ program for 11-14 year olds, focusing on outdoor education experiences.

Improved the LSJ program for 7-10 year olds, based on pilot implementation feedback.

Planned “Play Day” at Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement to promote learning and family activities throughout the school year.

Implementation:

Deliver LSJ program at BLMS for BOTH 7-10 and 11-14 year olds.

Facilitator Training:

Develop resources and improved schedule for facilitator training, keeping play, resiliency, and mindfulness at the forefront.

Pair youth facilitators from BLMS with UofA undergraduate peer mentors.

Ensure relationships are built through training among: facilitators, Camp Administrators, Camp Directors, and research team.

Partnership:

Meet with BLMS and KI Settlement Councils to provide impact report and ensure commitment to 2014 implementation.

Develop partnerships with 2 additional Settlements for 2015 implementation.

Evaluation:

Analyze results of Year 2 program implementation, including surveys, focus group results, field notes, and other qualitative data.

Knowledge Mobilization:

We will prepare reports for community stakeholders (participants’ parents, Settlement service providers, decision makers) and academic audiences using infographics, interactive presentations, and video. Facebook, SMS, print materials, and word of mouth will be used to inform the community about these impacts.

1 academic presentation is scheduled for February 2014.

Funders/Supporters:

 

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People of Project

BLMS Advisory Committee

  • June Cardinal-Howse
  • Shelley Handel
  • Debbie Ladouceur

Facilitator Training

  • Ellen Robertson
  • Joanna Auger
  • Dr. Cara Bablitz
  • Jamie Bourque

SMS and Facebook Initiative

  • Gordon Gow
  • Tim Barlott

Evaluation

Publications and Media

Research Team

Graduate Research Assistants

  • Kyla Fisher
  • Brent Hammer
  • Therese Salenieks
 

Pilot Implementation

Facilitator Training:

Develop a facilitator leadership course to prepare older youth to lead the summer camp program for children.

Train Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement (BLMS) and Kikino Metis Settlement (KI) program facilitators.

Partnership:

Received letter of support from Kikino Metis Settlement Council and administration.

Implementation:

Deliver LSJ program at BLMS and KI for 7-10 year olds.

Evaluation:

Pre/Post resiliency surveys for child participants and facilitators.

Participatory focus groups with child participants and facilitators, as well as project staff.

Most Significant Changes method with facilitators and research team.

Knowledge Translation and Community Impact

Facebook and text messaging initiative to provide program updates to parents and other community members.

Funders/Supporters:

 

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People of Project

Facilitator Training

  • Karen Fox
  • Katie Mahon
  • Ellen Robertson
  • Joanna Auger
  • Jessica Holmgren (Summer Camps, UofA)

SMS and Facebook Initiative

  • Gordon Gow
  • Tim Barlott

Evaluation

Meal Planning

  • Alyssa Flatt

BLMS Advisory Committee

  • June Cardinal-Howse
  • Shelly Handel
  • Debbie Ladouceur

Publications and Media

Research Team

 

Program Development

Local advisory committee:

Community members began meeting monthly to review program development.

Partnerships:

Partnered with colleagues in Physical Education and Recreation (UofA) to ensure camp is engaging and fun.

Partnered with colleagues from Resiliency Initiatives to adapt a resiliency survey for children which was approved by the BLMS advisory committee.

Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement Council passes a motion to support the research.

Program Development:

Developed artwork and preliminary draft for life skills summer camp for 11-14 year old youth.

Funders/Supporters:

 

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People of Project

Research Team

BLMS Advisory Committee

  • June Cardinal-Howse
  • Shelly Handel
  • Debbie Ladouceur

Evaluation

Program Content

  • Alyssa Flatt
  • Jodie Asselin
  • Katie Mahon
  • Brenda Joe
  • Evelyn Willier-Blyan
  • Suraj Chavda
  • Mohammad Sirajee
  • Ellen Robertson
  • Many more BLMS community members

Manual Layout and Illustrations

Program Reviewers

  • Katie Mahon
  • Stephanie Worrell
  • Bonnie Belhumeur
  • Shanelle Reid
  • Tania Bourque
  • Colin McIntosh
  • Tommy Philips

Literature Review

  • Christine Gamble
  • Ben Nilsson
 

Community Needs Assessment

Council Motion:

Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement Council passes a motion to support the research.

Qualitative Data:

Conducted participatory focus groups to determine the type of life skills programming needed in the community.

Analysis:

Identified topics and age groups for program development.

Funders/Supporters:

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People of Project

Literature Review

  • Kimberly Bellerose-Williams

Community Needs Assessment

Research Team

Evaluation