What is Alberta’s Future Leaders?

The Alberta’s Future Leaders Program (AFL) is a community and youth development program that uses sports, recreation, arts and leadership activities to provide Indigenous youth with active, positive opportunities. Entering into a 3 year partnership with the AFL program, partner communities host two trained Mentors who run youth-focused activities and trips from May to August for 3 consecutive years.

Our Vision:

Promoting active, vibrant Indigenous communities, where local sports, recreation, arts and leadership experiences inspire youth to become positive leaders.

Our Mission:

We partner with communities to provide youth ages 9-25 with new experiences, positive role models and opportunities to build confidence, overcome barriers and realize their potential.

 

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How We Work:

The AFL program, through the Alberta Sport Connection and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, has partnered with 43 Indigenous communities across Alberta to create over one million participant hours of programming since 1996.

We work in five different ways:

  1. Intensive Mentor Training

    Before the summer begins, youth mentors spend 8 days learning from Elders, community members and past AFL mentors about the histories, cultures and communities they will be working within. Mentors meet again during and after the summer to discuss best practices, address current challenges and share ideas across communities.

    “We love AFL mentors. They always have such high optimism in a place that could really use some.” – Feedback from AFL community member

  2. Role Modeling

    Teachers, athletes, lawyers, artists… Mentors can come from any background.  What they all have in common is their positive attitude, active lifestyle and endless energy.  As they live and work in communities, the Mentors build strong relationships with local youth, acting as positive role models and inspiring youth to be their best.

    “I appreciate how you were there for me when I really needed it.  You were there for me and it really helped to have someone like you around.” – AFL youth

  3. Programs, Camps and Trips

    From May until August, in-community Mentors teach meaningful life skills through activities, special events and out-trips.  They run everything from campfires and art programs to rafting trips and hockey tournaments – whatever local youth are into.

    “I’m so grateful for both of you…my girls have changed so much for the better and it’s all because of you two…insert happy face.” – Text message from a parent to AFL mentors.

  4.  Leadership Camp

    Select future leaders from each host community are brought together to share ideas and learn new skills.  By rock climbing, canoeing and hiking together, the youth create strong friendships and develop their leadership potential.  Upon returning home, most participants help their local Mentors to run programs, and many continue to serve their communities long after the summer ends.

    “I want to be a part of bigger things now.” – comment from community youth after attending Leadership Camp

  5. Partnerships

    Alberta Sport Connection, in partnership with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA), provide opportunities to help strengthen and empower youth who live in First Nation and Métis communities in Alberta. We believe that investing in Alberta’s youth today will create a positive tomorrow.  Our partners share this philosophy and together we create opportunities for youth across the province to realize their potential.

    “You’ve been such a support… you make me believe I can do anything” – AFL youth

Each year the Alberta’s Future Leaders program provides 540+ youth in 10 Indigenous communities with 2,400+ sport, cultural and recreational program hours.

AFL’s Program Partners include:

  • Alberta Indigenous Relations
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Wingate by Wyndam
  • ATCO
  • PNK Transportation
  • Jumpstart

Learn more about partnering with AFL or sponsoring our program.

 

For 2016, our AFL Host Communities were:

  • Tallcree First Nation
  • Boyle Street Community Services / iHuman
  • Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement
  • Dene Tha’ First Nation – Bushe River
  • Whitefish Lake First Nation #128 – Goodfish Lake
  • Kehewin Cree Nation
  • Kikino Métis Settlement
  • Whitefish Lake First Nation #459 – Atikameg
  • Sucker Creek First Nation

Contact Information

Scott Grevlund

AFL Program Coordinator
Alberta Sport Connection
Suite 500
10055 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1G3
P: 780-422-7110
F: 780-415-0308
Email: ctfutureleaders@albertasport.ca