The Alberta’s Future Leaders Program (AFL) engages Indigenous youth through sport, arts, recreation, leadership, and cultural activities and is facilitated by mentors living and working in the community. Host communities invite the AFL to learn about their culture and history, and to facilitate meaningful, positive experiences for youth.
Each year the AFL program provides over 500 youth in 10 Indigenous communities with more than 2,400 hours of sport, cultural and recreational programs.
Recently, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts partnered with the AFL program. This has enhanced the programming opportunities by adding an arts component.
Thank you to the Communities and Sponsors that make this program possible.
Promoting active, vibrant Indigenous communities, where local sport, recreation, arts and leadership experiences inspire youth to become positive leaders.
We partner with communities to provide youth ages 9 to 25 with new experiences, positive role models and opportunities to build confidence, overcome barriers and realize their potential.
We work in 5 different ways.
- Intensive mentor training
- Before the summer begins, youth mentors spend 8 days learning from Elders, community members and past AFL mentors about the histories, cultures and communities where they will be working. Mentors meet again during and after the summer to discuss best practices, address current challenges and share ideas across communities.
- Role modelling
- Mentors can come from any background, but what they all have in common is their positive attitude, active lifestyle and endless energy. Because mentors live and work in communities, the mentors build strong relationships with local youth, acting as positive role models and inspiring youth to be their best.
- Programs, camps and trips
- From May until August, in-community mentors teach meaningful life skills through activities, special events and out-trips. They conduct everything from campfires and art programs to rafting trips and hockey tournaments – whatever local youth are interested in.
- Leadership retreat
- Select future leaders from each host community are brought together to share ideas and learn new skills. By rock climbing, canoeing and hiking together, the youth create strong friendships and develop their leadership potential. Upon returning home, most participants help their local mentors to run programs, and many continue to serve their communities long after the summer ends.
- We believe that investing in Alberta’s youth today will create a positive tomorrow. Our partners share this philosophy and together we create opportunities for youth across the province to realize their potential.
AFL's program partners include:
- Alberta Foundation of the Arts
- Alberta Indigenous Relations
- Alberta Justice
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Wingate by Wyndham
Become an AFL Host Community
Alberta’s Future Leaders is open to new partnerships.
If you are interested in bringing AFL to your community, contact one of our program coordinators:
To better understand the program, take a look at the Summer 2015 Wrap Up Video:
Become an AFL sponsor
We are always looking for new partners to help us create youth sport, arts, recreation and cultural programming in Alberta First Nations and Metis communities. Contact a program coordinator:
Become an AFL Mentor
If you have a passion for creating safe and welcoming opportunities for youth to participate in sport, arts, recreation, leadership, and cultural activities, consider becoming an AFL mentor.
In partnership, AFL mentors will work together in planning and implementing summer programming. They will provide leadership opportunities while participating and assisting in cultural experiences unique to each community.
One AFL mentor has a background in sport and recreation and will take a lead in planning and implementing these types of activities.
The other AFL mentor has experience in the visual and performing, traditional arts and will take a lead in planning and implementing creative activities.
For more information, see:
How to apply
To apply to become an AFL mentor, fill out the Application Form.
- “We love AFL mentors. They always have such high optimism in a place that could really use some.” – Feedback from AFL community member
- “I appreciate how you were there for me when I really needed it. You were there for me and it really helped to have someone like you around.” – AFL youth
- “I’m so grateful for both of you…my girls have changed so much for the better and it’s all because of you two…insert happy face.” – Text message from a parent to AFL mentors.
- “I want to be a part of bigger things now.” – comment from community youth after attending Leadership Camp
- “You’ve been such a support… you make me believe I can do anything” – AFL youth
AFL Program Coordinator
Suite 500, 10055 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1G3