What is Alberta’s Future Leaders?

The Alberta’s Future Leaders Program (AFL) collaborates with Indigenous communities in Alberta to provide a multi-summer youth program.  Youth are engaged through sport, arts, recreation, leadership, and cultural activities facilitated by mentors living and working in the community.  Host communities invite AFL to learn about their culture and history, and to facilitate meaningful, positive experiences for youth.

Interested in becoming a  Host Community or a Mentor.

The Future Leaders Program Success continues

The program has had a great impact on Indigenous Youth in the community The youth participated in the program 7203 times in  a variety of programs from sport, arts, recreation, leadership, and culture activites.

Thank you to the Communities and Sponsors that make this program possible.

Check out the Pictures in our PHOTO GALLERY at the bottom of the page

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How We Work:

The AFL program, through the Alberta Sport Connection has partnered with Indigenous communities across Alberta to create over one million participant hours of programming since 1996.  More recently the Alberta Foundation for the Arts partnered ASC in the AFL program.  This partnership enhanced the programming opportunities by adding an arts component.

Our Vision:

Promoting active, vibrant Indigenous communities, where local sport, 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.

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 Retreat

    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 AFL program provides 540+ youth in 10 Indigenous communities with 2,400+ sport, cultural and recreational program hours.

AFL’s Program Partners include:

Alberta Foundation of the Arts Alberta Indigenous Relations
 Alberta Justice  Royal Canadian Mounted Police
 ATCO Wingate by Wyndam

Learn more about partnering with AFL.

2019 AFL Host Communities are:

Dene Tha’ – Chateh Driftpile First Nation (New) Gift Lake Metis Settlement
 Heart Lake First Nation Loon River First Nation (New)
Tallcree First Nation Whitefish Lake – Atikameg Whitefish Lake – Goodfish Lake

Contact Information

Scott Grevlund

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