The Akwe:go Urban Aboriginal Children’s Program aims to improve the quality of life of urban Indigenous children (ages 7–12 years) through the delivery of appropriate activities and services. Traditional cultural teachings and values are the guiding principles through client-based programming and individualized one-on-one supports that encourage healthy lifestyle choices. The program focus is on enhancing the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that will demonstrate positive personal choices and develop awareness of the consequences of negative behaviours.
Every child’s needs in the program are identified by intake, needs assessment, and a client action plan process. They are then addressed and based on one of the five program objectives:
- Social Supports - addressing self-esteem issues, victimization issues and peer pressure.
- Children in Care - increased access to culturally appropriate services.
- Healthy and Physical Development - health impacts of poverty, diabetes and obesity.
- Institutional Interventions - school suspension supports, direct access to computers and literacy initiatives.
- FASD and or Disabilities - providing tutoring and mentoring, supervised physical activities and incorporating a parent support component.