Facilitator Training Program

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With funding from Alberta Human Services’ Aboriginal Development Branch in 2013-2014, Life Skills Journey piloted a training program for young adults (18-30 years old) from Buffalo Lake and Kikino Métis Settlements to help them develop skills to lead the Life Skills Journey summer day camps. Since the pilot year, Life Skills Journey has had over 38 facilitators and community staff members from six Settlements and 6 University of Alberta student facilitators participate in the program. After completing training, community members work as peer mentors in leading Life Skills Journey summer camps to children and youth of both age groups (7-10 and 11-14).

Certifications & Dates:

2017

Gift Lake and East Prairie

     June 5 – June 23: LSJ Training, Metis Settlements Life Skills Journey team – www.metislifeskills.com

     June 27-28: Standard First Aid, Astec Safety – St. John’s Ambulance – www.astecsafety.com

     June 29: Community Helpers Workshop

 

Buffalo Lake and Elizabeth

     July 4 – July 26: LSJ Training, Metis Settlements Life Skills Journey team- www.metislifeskills.com

     July 27-28: Standard First Aid, Multi Test- Canada Red Cross Training Partner – www.multitestdrugandalcohol.com  

 

Impact/Quotes:

As part of our research, we look at the impact of the program training and camp experience on facilitators using questionnaires and focus groups (discussions). Facilitators complete questionnaires at the start and end of employment to help measure their development, leadership, and life skills learned. Discussions are also used to learn more about facilitator’s experience at camp, areas to improve, and how they have been impacted directly by their time with the campers.

 

“With the training, I actually learned new skills that you think you’d already know but you don’t. Then you realize how much that you can change in yourself…”

 

“It gave me a good feeling to have kids look up to me. It made me feel like I’m doing something right.”

 

“I always felt happy when the kids were coming up to me with their problems and talking to me and asking me what I’m going to school for and stuff like that. It really made me feel good to share with them what I’m doing with my life and showing them that if I can do it then anybody else can do it. If you set your mind to it you can achieve it. That’s what I really wanted to try to get across to the kids, that whatever they want to do the possibilities are endless for them. They can do whatever they want to do as long as they put their mind to it.”

 

Next Steps:

Based on feedback we received in 2017, we will:

  1. Expand to a longer in-community training to give facilitators more time to practice activities
  2. Encourage facilitators to do end-of-day debriefs and preparation for the following day. This will help them better prepare for children that arrive early to camp.
  3. Provide additional child behaviour management and teaching techniques for the younger age group.