What’s New at New Directions?
This back-to-school season has been a busy time at New Directions, but our staff have been hard at work providing the best supports possible to our community.
Here some just a few of the things going on in New Directions:
Resources for Adolescent Parents (RAP) Goes Back to School
As of Sept. 8, 2021, the Resources for Adolescent Parents classroom has become an on-campus classroom at Gordon Bel High School. This allows the individuals in the program to bring their child to the Gordon Bell Child Care Lab, as well as giving them a larger variety of elective courses for grades 9 – 12!
The RAP program will be busy through the school year, so stay tuned for more news in the fall.
Storybook gets Distributed
The Big Feelings Come and Go storybook has been translated into both Cree and Ojibwe. Copies of these translations have been sent out to daycares and other social service agencies across the province.
TEP Programs takes it Outdoors
The Empower Project (TEP) has been working with the current group of youth in a cultural way. Individuals in the program, New Directions staff, and a Knowledge Keeper have been joining each other at a park, enjoying everyone’s company, learn teachings, talking about life, and more.
New Directions Recognizes National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
New Directions hosted a community event in recognition of the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, which brought individuals in our programs, staff, and community members together for a day of reflection and celebration. The Event was Emceed by Joyce Delaronde and Skinny Kookoo, and we were treated to performances from World Jigging Champion Ryan Guy Richard and Rey, who performed several of their rap songs.
Gramma Shingoose, a familiar face in Winnipeg’s Indigenous community as an activist and elder, shared their powerful personal story.
We also announced two Knowledge Keepers; Charlotte and Gail, who will be sharing their wisdom and guidance with youth in our programs.