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Youth Canada Service Corps Initiative
Young Canadians building a better Canada.
The Canada Service Corps (CSC), funded by the Government of Canada, provides youth the opportunity to be engaged and involved in their communities in a variety of ways. Twelve national organizations across the country are offering innovative and inspiring projects for youth and young adults. The #RisingYouth grant is available for any youth who is interested in improving their community and provides supports to develop and execute these ideas.
mindyourmind is traveling to five different communities across the country! Youth in each community volunteer to spend the weekend participating in our Design Lab, where we co-create mental health resources for their community. It has been exciting to be a part of unique communities and respect that mental health programs are not “one size fits all”. Youth who volunteer to be a part of these projects are provided valuable skills and transferable experience to use in their day to day life, at school, and at work.
Design Lab #1: Squamish, BC
mindyourmind’s first partnership was with Sea to Sky Community Services and a group of ten youth, in Squamish, BC. Our Design Studio weekend was followed up by 12 webinars and the launching of a new interactive e-module AND a game that both educate young people about mental health issues. The game has special meaning to the Squamish community as it features the Chief, which is a landmark mountain in the town. One of the most exciting features is that both the e-module and the game are in French AND Punjabi (which happens to be one of the top languages spoken in Squamish). The group decided that for the launch of their products, they would host an event at their school to promote their resource!
Learn more about the Squamish youth team and see what they developed.
Design Lab #2: Halifax, NS
mindyourmind partnered with Heartwood Centre for Youth Community Development, Laing House and ten youth from Halifax. We spent a fun and productive weekend in Design Studio mode, where a focus was on: self care, mental health 101, and gratitude and community. After our weekend in Halifax, we finalized a mental health workbook and three videos! We hosted a series of webinars with the youth team to put the finishing touches on the resources, and the Logistics Crew is planning on hosting evening event to showcase their products!
Learn more about the Halifax youth team and see what they developed.
Design Lab #3: Windsor, ON
mindyourmind’s next adventure brought us to Windsor, Ontario, where we spent time with a group of young people with Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare https://www.hdgh.org/ and their lovely staff! This group was full of passion and ideas; they created a self care quiz, How’s It Growing and a mental health workbook, called Border Town. This group was excited to get these resources out into the community and went to various locations to hang out books and to promote the game!
Learn more about the Windsor youth team and see what they developed.
Design Lab #4: Arviat, NU
mindyourmind’s next adventure brought us to Arviat, Nunavut. It was such an opportunity to be there; we spent time with a group of young people from this hamlet and two amazing Mental Health workers from the Department of Health.
The group decided they wanted to make a culturally interactive workbook titled Nuna, filled with recipes, self care tips, drawings, and much more! Nuna is translated into Inuktitut, French, and English and has be shipped and shared with the Arviat community!
Learn more about the Arviat youth team and see what they developed.
Design Lab #5 Winnipeg, MB
mindyourmind’s fifth adventure brought us to Winnipeg, Alberta, where we worked with the YMCA Newcomer Youth Wellness coordinator and a group of refugee youth. This was a lively group, full of energy and passion! They decided to make a newcomer trivia game, Welcome to Canada, and a motivational poster series for youth coming to Canada. We had so much fun developing these resources and were happy to have sent them to the Winnipeg community!
Learn more about the Winnipeg youth team and see what they developed.
About Design Labs
This section is all about the work we do with youth in Design Labs. From community groups to International Youth Day celebrations check them out.