February 20th marked the launch of the new Gen 7 Aboriginal Role Model program, a partnership initiative between ALIVE and Motivate Canada, a national youth-driven development organization. The program will be coordinated by ALIVE through 5 local community centres: Britannia, Ray-Cam, Strathcona, Trout Lake, and Hastings. Gen 7 will provide the youth with training and mentorship to build leadership capacity and develop their skills through sport and physical activity. The program incorporates a place-based approach, as Messengers draw on inspiration from native elders as well as the tools and resources offered by community partners.
GEN7 is committed to engaging local Aboriginal residents in community centres through programming as well as in hiring. Gen 7 believes that Aboriginal people need to feel they are reflected in community organizations, and the program will work with FNES to help Gen 7 Messengers look at career opportunities in municipal recreation. ALIVE sees Gen 7 as an innovative program that enables local Aboriginal young people and their families to engage in community life and hopes to see all 24 community centres open their doors for our youth.
New Gen 7 Messengers