We have been working in partnership with Siksika Employment Training Services (SETS) for several years supporting the Meaningful Futures Program in Siksika. This program provides an opportunity for youth to receive support as they explore career options and make decisions for the future, while developing life and employment skills that will support their journey.
It was an inspiring journey to sit with and learn from the youth in Siksika. They worked through numerous Unveiling Youth Potential program components, including exploration into change leadership development. They heard from folks in community that lead change and social entrepreneurship work, like SOS Congo, Experience HOWL, and one Change Leader from Siksika with Student Energy. The youth demonstrated willingness to step out of their comfort zones, brainstorm as a group the challenges they experience as individuals and as a community, and engage in conversation toward solutions to the issues they face.
The program ran in person, with some virtual components this year, from October to December 2022. There are 13 youth in total, working in collaboration with community leaders and organizations from Siksika and surrounding areas. The youth have begun their job placements in and around Siksika Nation.