Submitted by Lennard Fruehling, Youth and Family Support Services Coordinator
Spring has arrived in the Youth Department and with that we are wrapping up some of our new additions in programming that began in January 2017.
The CoRe (Coping and Resilience) program is coming to an end and we have plenty of reasons to celebrate as the program was a huge success. The CoRe program was designed to give our newcomer youth the opportunity develop their self-care and coping skills.
There were smiling faces everywhere at the CoRe Youth Retreat in Cowichan Lake at the beginning of March. We were spending two days with the youth in this beautiful nature setting, a real sense of community was built during the program and the retreat. The creative elements of the program encouraged youth to try new things, to express themselves through stories, and to gain skills to apply in their day-to-day life to boost mood and well-being. Facilitators and youth alike had light in their eyes after a meditative drumming session, as all youth were drumming in-sync by the end of the session.
The start of a new season also welcomes the launch of the Connect Program, a brand-new peer mentorship-program that will provide young adults with the opportunity to develop essential communication and community leadership skills to build community here in Victoria and to use their own skills, talents, and gifts to serve other newcomers. Excitement is high about the program, as 12 newcomer young adults will be joining the program alongside 12 local Canadians to explore and shape what it means to be a global Canadian. All participants will be celebrating intercultural connections at the World Refugee Day here in Victoria on June 17, 2017.