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Youth Empowerment is a prevention and early intervention program. It provides one on one and group support to children 0-19 years of age and their families by offering culturally appropriate mental health services though education, advocacy, outreach, and support to promote positive mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being for children, youth, and families. We aim to provide holistic programming that incorporates traditional healing methods and cultural enhancement.  Kermode utilizes the medicine wheel framework to balance the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional needs of children, youth and families. Programs are aimed at enhancing the children’s protective factors, strengthening resilience and promoting health and wellness in all aspects of their lives.

We provide individual and group support to children and youth

  • under 18 years of age

  • with or at risk of developing a mental health concern

  • are having difficulty coping, complex or high-risk behavior at home in school, or in the community

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Our vision is to provide safe, supportive, family centered, and culturally appropriate mental health services to Indigenous children, youth, and families.

  • Inclusive of all children and youth

  • Inclusive of all nations and cultures

  • Safe, caring, and non-judgmental

  • Focus on health and wellness

  • Focus on Indigenous Culture

ACYMH provides individual and group support to:

  • Connect to clinical mental health services

  • Connect to specialized community supports

  • Increase health and wellness through balancing the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing

  • Provide youth specific programming including mental health, substance use, addiction, self-esteem, body image, nutrition, fitness, relationships, gender-based empowerment, and youth empowerment

  • ACYMH utilizes a core Indigenous approach following the Medicine Wheel Framework to balance the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing. Increasing Connection / Belonging, Independence, Mastery, and Generosity.

  • Culture and Land-based activities such as camping on the land, fishing, hiking, traditional plant medicine and healing

  • Cultural Group and Workshops incorporate culture and tradition, acknowledgement of the land and people, indigenous teachings, traditional art and crafts, drum making and ceremony

  • Seasonal / Annual events

    • Getting Real About Suicide Prevention – peer training

    • Gathering Our Voices Indigenous Youth Conference

    • Culture Camp, Fish Camp, Berry Picking

    • Ceremony, Powwows, Sundance  

    • Snow shoe / Skiing

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