From Volunteer to Program Coordinator: A Year in the Life
My journey with Frontier College began in February 2017, as a volunteer tutor. In this role, I volunteered at the Young Bears Lodge – a residential youth-empowerment program run by the Urban Native Youth Association. My time with YBL was incredibly rewarding, and the youth there taught me more than I taught them. The work we did together focused on alternative schooling (academics like Maths and English) and life skills (resumes, road tests, etc.) Writing with the youth was definitely my favourite activity – through essay writing, poetry, and letter-writing, the youth at UNYA blew me away with their sensitivity, their stories, and their raw talent. I felt deeply honored to be allowed to see into their lives in this way, and was lucky enough to be invited to one of the youth's graduation ceremonies. Participating in the traditional blessing of this youth by her grandfather is a memory I will always hold dear.
During the summer, I was hired on by Frontier College as part of the Summer Camp team, and facilitated literacy activities at the day camps at Ray-Cam Community Centre. This was an incredible opportunity for me to engage in more educational programming and planning, which is what I love to do! I also had the added bonus of working in my own neighbourhood – I got to know more of the families in my community. At the end of the summer, Frontier College hired me on as a Programs & Volunteer Support person, and I am now the Program Coordinator for our Growing Together Program – a learning program in partnership with Koomseh, a transition housing branch of Atira Women’s Resource Society. You can read about what a day at Koomseh looks like on our blog, here
It is hard for me to believe all this has happened within one year! I look forward to what my future with Frontier College brings.