COVID update

Due to COVID 19, the Alberta’s Future Leaders (AFL) Program has been suspended for the summer of 2020. The program will be offering alternative opportunities to support physical activity and engage youth for communities that have been part of the program.

Overview

The Alberta's Future Leaders Program collaborates with Indigenous communities in Alberta to provide a multi-summer youth program. In the program, youth are engaged through sport, arts, recreation, leadership and cultural activities that are facilitated by mentors living and working in the community.

Host communities share their unique culture and history to guide the development of relevant and meaningful experiences for their youth.

Each year, the AFL Program provides 8 host Indigenous communities with more than 2,800 hours of sport, art, recreation, leadership and cultural programs.

Vision

Promoting active, vibrant Indigenous communities, where local sport, recreation, arts and leadership experiences inspire youth to become positive leaders.

Mission

We partner with communities to provide youth with new experiences, positive role models and opportunities to build confidence, overcome barriers and realize their potential.

Methods

The Alberta’s Future Leaders Program works in 5 different ways.

  1. Programs, camps and trips
    • From May until August, AFL mentors teach meaningful life skills through activities, special events and out-trips. The mentors use sport, art, recreation and leadership experiences to positively engage with youth, based on the unique needs of the host community.
  2. Leadership training
    • Select future leaders from each host community are brought together to share ideas and learn leadership skills. Through sport, physical activity, art and cultural experiences, youth create strong friendships and develop their leadership potential.
  3. Role modelling
    • AFL mentors can come from all backgrounds, but what they all have in common is their positive attitude, creativity, active lifestyle and endless energy. Living and working in host communities, the mentors build strong relationships with local youth, acting as positive role models and inspiring them to be their best.
  4. Intensive mentor training
    • AFL mentors spend a week orientating in their host community, followed by a week of formal training. Mentors learn about their communities and the AFL Program from Elders, community members and past AFL mentors. The mentors meet after the summer to discuss best practices, address challenges and share ideas across communities.
  5. Partnerships
    • The AFL Program believes that by investing in Alberta’s youth today, we will create a positive tomorrow. By working in partnership with host communities and program partners, opportunities are created for Indigenous youth across the province to realize their potential.

Partnerships

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts contributes to the Alberta’s Future Leaders Program by adding an arts component to it.

Become a mentor

The Alberta’s Future Leaders Program is not accepting applications at this time.

Contact

Connect with the Alberta’s Future Leaders Program:

Scott Grevlund
Program Coordinator
Phone: 780-422-7110
Email: futureleaders@gov.ab.ca

Shannon Ford
Program Coordinator
Phone: 780-422-9254
Email: futureleaders@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Alberta’s Future Leaders Program
Suite 500, 10055 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 1G3