In this package, you will find information about the types of programs and supports we are able to offer your community. We look forward to working with you and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding Our Power Together is committed to offering programs and services that are responsive to the unique needs of Indigenous youth on a national and community scale. Below you will find a list of our current programs and services that can be brought into your community.
Building Our Bundle is a module-based program that focuses on supporting youth in developing their bundle, or toolkit, of skills, teachings, and relationships to help them along their journey. This program is typically offered as a 6-week online group psychoeducation program which can be run either synchronously (meaning facilitators and participants meet in real-time) or asynchronous (meaning each individual participates on their own time). Every session of Building Our Bundle is designed to meet the needs of the communities we work with, with direct guidance from a youth advisory circle.
Each registered participant of Building Our Bundle is encouraged to additionally participate in one-on-one support to work on skills development and individual goals. This program was initially designed to be facilitated in partnership with local communities through the integration of a community-based young leader.
FOPT runs sessions of Building Our Bundle on a seasonal basis which is open to all Indigenous young people (aged 14-29) across Canada. These sessions are free for participants and are designed to provide a cross-cultural Indigenous approach to mental health education. Typically, Building Our Bundle runs weekly for a 2-hour session on zoom in which participants practice mindfulness skills, listen to teachings, and participate in activities meant to promote wellbeing and relationships. Each registered participant is also matched with a mental health mentor to work on their individual goals.
Registration: Participants register to join on our website when sessions are offered.
The Building Our Bundle Program has been designed to be adapted to local community priorities and needs. Our team of youth workers, mental health workers, and Indigenous educators are ready to design and facilitate sessions to meet your community’s unique needs with clinical oversight from Dr. Judy Finlay. Community specific programs Include: a community consultation and needs assessment, a Masters level youth worker/coordinator to support outreach and registration, 2 youth worker facilitators to deliver programming and provide mental help support, and 4 youth mentors to work individually with participants through the session (1-hour counseling session per week for each participant). We also recommend hiring a local young leader who is able to support outreach, motivation, and communication “on the ground”, with support and mentorship from the FOPT team.
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Small team intervention for on-the-ground programming and support. This would mean a team of 4 FOPT members, in a community for a length of 5 days to offer programming and support to Indigenous young people.
Intervention length (4 CYCs): 5 days
Oskatis Nigaaniiwemowin, which translates to the "The Way of the Young Leader '' is the Anishinaabemowin name for FOPT's Young Leaders Circle. The Young Leaders Circle is a group of Indigenous young people between the ages of 14-29 from across Turtle Island who share a common interest in supporting youth in their communities. Through reciprocal sharing and teaching, the Circle supports one another to develop skills, explore challenges, and celebrate successes in youth life promotion work, as well as advising on FOPT's organizational decisions and program design. The Young Leaders Circle meets seasonally engaging in networking, training, and cultural teachings.
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Guiding Our Gifts is an art-based program that helps Indigenous young people, ages 14-29, foster and nourish their gifts. While learning new ones, creating a sense of belonging, and connecting to a broader community, Guiding Our Gifts has currently done 2 sessions in which FOPT team members have hosted a craft night for youth to learn new skills (beaded fringe earrings and scrunchie making). In partnership with The City of Toronto and The Laneway Project, local Indigenous artist Nyle “Miigizi '' Johnston and Monica Wickeler in June, we hosted a weekend of learning and expression. This project is a collaborative youth mural for local Toronto youth to develop and learn new skills, while making their mark on Toronto’s outdoor art space.
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