Step Up Challenge Calendar for May 2013:
Step Up Challenge Calendar for April 2013:
We offer an interesting and fun way to assist and support Aboriginal Women by hosting career enhancing networking events, providing information on starting a business, direction on career opportunities, and mentoring opportunities by linking our professionally trained members with those with less experience.
2011 Current Programming
Aboriginal Youth Leadership Development Program (AYLDP): The AWPA received funds from the Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) to provide a Youth Leadership Program with a strong mentoring component to urban, Aboriginal youth. Karen McKenzie is the Program Manager. The program includes:
Getting to Know Myself and Others through the Medicine Wheel (November 5 and 6th, 2011):
- Increased understanding of the Medicine Wheel and how to incorporate its teachings into our personal and professional lives
- Enhanced communication with others based on the animal “styles” of the Medicine Wheel
- Improved ability to deal with conflict in our personal and professional lives.
- Enhanced effectiveness of the “team” at work.
- Manifested leadership
- Deeper awareness of Indigenous practices and the recognition of their role in developing “high performance” organizations.
Moving in the Direction of your Dreams (November 19 and 20, 2011:
This two day workshop is based on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel and lays the foundation for the process of transformational change. These teachings reflect Aboriginal wisdom and traditions. Our Elders teach us that all learning and change comes from within and when our hearts, minds, emotions and spirit have understood and welcomed the change only then can we grow and develop. Achieving the skills for success involves identifying our habits, attitudes, beliefs and expectations that may get in the way of succeeding and changing them to ones that support our success.
The participants will be in a mentoring relationship depending on their goals. Mentors will come from the
community and may be identified by the participant. Mentoring will occur over the next three months.
We also welcome Kyra Brown as the Project Director. The AWPA Board and staff recognize Kyra's contributions and values her dedication to Aboriginal women and youth.
2011 Programs Delivered
In 2011 we completed Vision Speakers Inspires. This was a 15 week program (10 weeks public speaking delivered by aboriginal women for aboriginal women using aboriginal content and 5 weeks of 4ward Thinking a program that moves one towards their dreams. Because of the huge demand we hope to run Vision Speakers Inspires one more time later in the year.
2nd Aboriginal Futures Career and Job Fair was held on March 25, 2011. Over 300 people joined our 38 booth representatives looking for full time jobs, entry into school and summer student positions.
Here is a look at the Business Mixer the night before and the Career and Job Fair.