The Akwe:go Program offers a social support for Aboriginal Children between the ages of 7 – 12 years of age. The program is intended to improve the quality of life of urban Aboriginal children who are “at risk” through the delivery of culturally appropriate programs and services.
The program offers activities in the evening, after school and weekends that are geared toward physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the children and their families.
Some components of the program are:
- Facilitate the assessment of required services and identify areas of difficulties experienced by clients of the program
- After school programming to provide a safe and structured environment for children to relax, play and/or complete homework
- Facilitate support circles and peer counseling
- Access to recreational and sporting activities so that urban Aboriginal children can achieve a level of enjoyment and excellence consistent with their abilities and aspirations
- Work with children in care by helping them with health and physical development, interventions and preventions
- Work with children with disabilities
- Parent support – basic coping skills, tools, & preventative education
- Keep in contact with families and schools for reports from teachers, care givers, and other support networks that are working with the children.
Rochelle Bird, Akwe:go Worker