Youth Leadership and Mentor Program

In addition to providing programming and safe space for youth, the Arctic Rose Foundation provides job opportunities, leadership development and training for high school students and local artists.

Each community where the Arctic Rose Foundation provides programming hires and trains two Community Artist Liaison and Mentor (CALM) Workers and one CALM Mentee. Hiring local students and artists not only creates job opportunities, it provides positive role models for other youth.

In August of each year, the Arctic Rose Foundation hosts intensive training for staff. Professional facilitators provide intensive training workshops, and guest Inuit artists share artistic activities, ideas and skills, while the administrative team will set priorities for the months ahead. Providing joint training sessions with all participating communities and staff also allows for collaboration, capacity building and cost savings for the program. The training focusses on goals and protocols of the project, and fosters positive working relationships for the year

In 2019, staff training was held it Ottawa, Ontario at Inuit Tapiirit Kanatami. Staff, guest facilitators, and artists met to discuss the success of the past year, strategize to improve the project, practice art activities, generate ideas for the year ahead, and create new connections to artists and workers for the year ahead.

Beyond gaining a thorough understanding of responsibilities of the staff, the training is also an exploration of the mental health needs of the youth we are servicing. Throughout the school year, youth participants are encouraged to do familial and regional research to integrate into the art projects. In order to be prepared for the youth’s exploration of these topics, it’s essential to train our staff to better understand how people have been rapidly transitioned into new lifestyles, and disconnected from their cultures due to colonial influences, including trauma from residential schools, among other factors. To ensure sensitivity to each community’s specific context and experiences, other mental health workers, Elders, and community leaders are also sourced to assist with training.

All projects are overseen and administered by year-round Artic Rose Foundation staff including the Executive Director, Administrative Assistant and Creative Development Director. All staff and artists working with youth participants undergo a Police and Vulnerable Sector Check.

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The Arctic Rose Foundation is a charitable organization that was created by Susan Aglukark in 2012, and officially designated as a not for profit organization in October 2016.

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