The Gen Y: We Care is a youth development program! This project was undertaken to equip our local communities, many of which are Aboriginal, with the tools to empower their children and youth. The development framework is based on 40 internal and external assets that research has shown contribute to positive and healthy youth development.
The Gen Y: We Care program provides a long-term, and consistent best practice in engaging youth through community training, delivering programs (self-esteem workshops, self-defense training, etc) and creating a Community Champions Network within the communities and social service providers. We have partnered with key external groups including; the community, Government, local RCMP, local social service agencies, First Nations and industry on this innovative initiative.
Research conducted throughout the United States has shown that there are a number of external and internal assets, such as positive values, empowerment, and constructive use of time, that are powerful influences on adolescent behavior- regardless of gender, ethnicity, economic situation, or geographic location. This asset-based approach promotes positive behaviors and attitudes, but also protects youth from a number of detrimental behaviors.