LLRIB To Try American-Developed Youth Program

Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 15:18



A new youth program developed in the United States is being organized at the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.


The goal of Project Venture is to get young people involved in activities like problem solving, outdoor adventures and community service.


The program relies on First Nations values to help youth make positive life choices.


Chief Tammy Cook-Searson says the three-and-a-half-year program will also have other social benefits.


Cook-Searson believes it will reduce the amount of youth suicides, adding band communities have a high suicide rate.


The federal government is contributing over $846,000 for the project through the National Crime Prevention Centre.


The Centre’s Saskatchewan program officer, Barbara Rawluk, says the project has been successful in many Native American communities.


The program developer from New Mexico will begin training LLRIB volunteers in November.