At Hope and Health, the events we direct and facilitate are not merely feel-good interactions. In Canada, we have a long history of interfacing with the First Nations with often misguided and either malicious or inadvertent discriminatory practices.
Scientific systematic reviews confirm that caring support from non-parental adults from within a child or youth’s community enhances resiliency and lowers risk factors linked to negative outcomes in life (high-risk sexual and drug-using behaviours, suicidality, self-harm, and chronic illness). 1, 2 And these studies suggest that for children and youth in care, both natural and formal mentoring exposures have distinct benefits and challenges. Hope and Health creates natural mentoring exposures wherein the children and youth will connect with non-parental adults within their Indigenous community, as well as those within the professional sport community (i.e. the Whitecaps FC) and within the further community of Hope and Health directors and volunteers.
Hope and Health is a community-driven partnership. Our organization functions as a purposeful intermediary and catalyst seeking to support the goals of our vibrant Indigenous communities. We are deeply honoured to have such an opportunity to support Indigenous communities in British Columbia, Canada as they mentor their leaders of tomorrow.
1. Wolkow KE, Ferguson HB. Community factors in the development of resiliency: Considerations and future directions. Community mental health journal. 2001 Dec 1;37(6):489-98.
2. Ahrens KR, DuBois DL, Garrison M, Spencer R, Richardson LP, Lozano P. Qualitative exploration of relationships with important non-parental adults in the lives of youth in foster care. Children and youth services review. 2011 Jun 30;33(6):1012-23.