Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre: Youth Achievement Program

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Overview

This award-winning program started in 2000 with a mission to promote social change for Aboriginal youth through sports and recreation. Started in an urban Winnipeg neighbourhood, the program was expanded in 2008 to 3 northern First Nations communities. The Youth Achievement Program (YAP) is the basis of the Centre. Youth graduating from the YAP program work with coaches and other staff to deliver after school programming and summer camps to younger Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children from throughout the city. The program provides youth leaders with paid employment and an important opportunity to act as role models and provide peer mentorship to other kids in their community. Sports and program activities are mostly informed by the youth leaders and kids in the program.

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